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Cruising for Adventure
Good news for Oley members who enjoy cruising but who may have doubts. In 2006, my husband Dennis (HEN consumer) and I took our first HEN cruise with Royal Caribbean International, which seems to be one of the few cruise lines able to provide supplies for IV or tube feeding. After a simple toll-free phone call to RCI’s medical/special needs department, their “can do” agents arranged for whatever we needed to appear in our shipboard cabin. Our canned nutrition was free of charge.
They apparently can provide for TPN folks, too, as a refrigerator and IV pole appeared in our cabin. We did not need the extra equipment, but were kindly surprised that so much was provided. Call RCI for specific needs and details.
Other cruise lines use a company called CareVacation, available on the Web and via phone. They charge according to what you need, and you can either work with them directly or through the cruise lines.
We love cruising, and there are so many pleasurable activities for everybody on a ship besides eating. If you can still eat orally, the buffets let you nibble or snack without feeling that you are wasting food, and you can have food delivered to your cabin or take it with you to pleasure feed. We had a marvelous time, and so can you!
We received a note from Andrea, shortly after she shared this travel tip with us, saying that Dennis died on January 4, “after a very long battle with multiple health problems.” “I am glad we did it [the trip],” she says, “as it was the last happy week we had in Dennis’ life.”