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sue - Answered a Question by cruiselover (23 Jan 09 21:09)

Hi there we have just returned from the Latin Caribbean cruise on island star, we didn't have the yellow fever jab and we didn't take any anti malaria medication, we were advised to use a strong 50% deet tropical insect repellent in columbia and trinidad although as far as I am aware there is no yellow fever or malaria at any of the ports visited on this itinerary (only a small area of Columbia on the border with nicaragua is infected, cartagena is not infected), we disembarked the ship at every port and were not asked for any certificates anywhere, the latin caribbean is a fabulous itinerary I'm sure you will luv it. I hope this helps.

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cruiselover - replied to sue (26 Jan 09 09:32)

Thanks a million for your reply! Steve .

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Cooke - Answered a Question by cruiselover (23 Jan 09 14:43)

For up to date information try the Foreign Office website. If you are returning via US you'll need the certificate. Have a lovely cruise and ignore the moaners. We do!!

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Jean Whittle - Answered a Question by cruiselover (23 Jan 09 15:18)

We did the Panama Canal last April and we were in the same position as you with regards to yellow fever vaccination, ie conflicted advice. In the end we didn't have one on the advice of the GP who is designated to give the vaccinations (not all GPs can give them). Plus, if you are over a certain age (60) we were told that there is a greater risk of side effects. We were never asked for a certificate at any of the countries we visited (USA, Mexico, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Panama) nor on our return to Los Angeles. We also double checked with the medical department of our cruise line (Princess) and they confirmed that a vaccination was not required for our particular cruise. I would, however, check the Foreign Office website as Cooke suggests as the situation could have changed. I think, ultimately, I would follow the advice of your GP/Practice Nurse/designated yellow fever vaccination centre. I am sure you will enjoy the cruise, the Panama Canal is fantastic.

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Bradley - Answered a Question by cruiselover (23 Jan 09 15:42)

Ok so it's not the QM2 but we enjoyed it and given the laid back approach in the Caribbean it's an ideal ship for that given that there is no formal dressing up in the evenings. We always found something nice to eat at all times of the day and the two restaurants where you pay a supplement were excellent. Smoking was a bit of a nuisance at times but easily avoided. You have to remember that many people who write reviews have a gripe about something. We didn't have any gripes and didn't write a review (the silent majority perhaps?). Yes there are issues regarding Yellow Fever requirements (someone else posed the question but I have yet to see a posting or news headlines stating that hundreds of cruise ship passengers were unable to disembark this (or any other ship) ship in Barbados because they didn't have Yellow Fever documentation. Do you think every single passenger visiting Cartagena (which I believe is the problem port) has had the innoculation? I think not. It is just that you have had the common sense to investigate the situation. Sorry but I can't give you a definitive answer but hopefully someone who has been in your situation will see your question and post a reply. Finally, YES, you will have a good cruise.

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James - Answered a Question by cruiselover (23 Jan 09 21:10)

Dear Cruiselover, we have not done this itinerary but we did disembark from the ship just over 3 weeks ago after the Eastern Caribbean itinerary, next on my wish list is Panama. We have been on this ship a few times (hubby prefers informal). Messrs Bradley is correct; it does not mirror the QM2, or another beginning with V or one ending of the Seas, as it is an older ship, and is a little tired. However, it does have its compensatory points, when we were on board it docked in every port, (can’t recall hearing anything about it missing ports in the Caribbean, either) so we didn’t miss anything. The evening entertainment we believe is as good as you will find on any ship, and far better than a lot of ships, and the crew are wonderful. Messrs Bradley was also correct about the food we never went hungry and the minority of reviewers, loving a good old gripe. If it is any consolation, I read reviews on other sites for the same cruise as we were on, and afterwards I thought we must have been on a different cruise as I wrote in my subsequent review. I would suggest if there is something major that you are unhappy with pop along to Guest Relations Coral Deck 5 and complain politely and assertively, we did have a problem with our 1st cabin, but we were moved and all was fine. Go with an open mind, and give things a try, we watched a couple of cracking cabarets that perhaps we would have not normally gone to, we were glad we did. Hope you have a wonderful time and lets us know how it went .

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smith - Answered a Question by cruiselover (24 Jan 09 08:45)

Are you going on island star ?we went down to brazil on her in 2007 -have been on many cruises and found her the best ever great food ,good staff and good value for money-after all she is run by royal caribbean int ..i believe island escape is a different matter tho!

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