BLYTH - Answered a Question by Sherlock (10 Sep 08 15:45)

You need to speak with your GP and/or specialist to see if they agree you are fit to travel. Any oxygen you take almost certainly the airline won't allow you to use it they will have to provide a supply for you to use during the flight. Getting it onto the ship is no problem, most ships have a medical teams onboard. It is the quantity of oxygen you might need for the duration of the cruise. Going on excursion poses other problems, perhaps someone else who has dealt with this might be better at helping you with this problem as in genaral a cruise would be ideal for you if the medical issues can be addressed.

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Matt - Answered a Question by Sherlock (11 Sep 08 22:45)

You really need to speak to the cruise lines that you are interested in. Wheelchairs are now catered for on most ships, however, oxygen is a specialist condition and not all ships provide 24 hour. Check your brochures in medical information section re: oxygen, then call the number provided. Good luck.

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Sutton - Answered a Question by Sherlock (13 Sep 08 14:46)

I have just returned from a cruise on the Grand Princess with my dad who had to have oxygen constantly. We sailed from Southampton and flew back from Rome.Dad spent over £3000 to buy a portable oxygen concentrator which has a battery life of 10-12 hours which Dad used on trips off the ship. We took oxygen cylinders hired from omega oxygen (details provided by Princess) to use on board. We met Bill Quantrill in S'hampton and took the cylinders on board. They were stored in the hold as only one cylinder allowed in the cabin at any time. We flew with BA who would only allow 5 cylinders, which seems daft as they come in a case for 6, so we had to remove 1. I think they thought we were bringing 5 cases!! There is no charge to carry oxygen but it cost us £220 for 12 days including delivery and collection.Each cruise line may have different suppliers so contact whoever you booked with. Also British Lung Foundation has a lot of useful info.

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Sherlock - replied to Sutton (15 Sep 08 10:24)

Thanks for your answer Mrs.Sutton but i would need much more oxygen than your dad required. I am on 8litres per minute 24 hours and use lliquid oxygen at home to get out i also use a Bi-pap ventilator and nebulise every two hours. I would also need to sail from Southampton as i am banned from flying by my lovely consultant. Portable concentrators do not go up high enough in litres for me to purchase one. I know that liquid oxygen is not a problem in America but it may be a problem on board as it is much more explosive than bottled oxygen. Do you know how many cylinders that the cruise ship would allow as 5 large bottles would only last around two hours on 8litres and five small portable only last about 20 mins each so you can see my problem. Thanks for your reply and did your dad enjoy his cruise.

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Sutton - replied to Sherlock (16 Sep 08 11:09)

Yes he did enjoy the cruise but he said he doesn't think he will be able to go again as the insurance wiil probably be too expensive. He had taken out the policy before his last chest infection, which was the one that put him on oxygen. We informed the insurance company who said they would still cover him to travel as long as he had medical clearance, but when it comes to renew I expect a big jump in premium. 1 quote we had was for more than the price of the cruise. Dad has 2 litres per minute which was 4 on the plane. Bill Quantrell's number is 01273308176 I have just found the letter from Princess cruise that says 'no liquid oxygen' There is a number for Princess 02380655296 Also BLF for advice. Good luck.

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