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When it comes to travelling with medication, we always advise passengers to keep all medication with them in their hand luggage during transport to and from the ship. This way, your medications will still be available in the unlikely event that your checked luggage is misplaced along the way. It is advisable for all passengers travelling with medication to carry a prescription for that medication or a letter of approval from their GP; in the event that you should lose your medication during your holiday, this documentation may help the ship’s medical centre to provide useful advice.

Most ports allow passengers to bring medications into the country, with the exception of some destinations within the UAE and Japan. In some cases, travellers wishing to take certain medications into these destinations may be required to obtain import certificates. Your sales consultant and/or cruise operator can provide further advice in this situation, as will the London Embassy Medical Department who can be contact directly on 020 7486 6281. Alternatively, visit for more information.

Passengers whose medications require refrigeration may request relevant facilities at the time of booking or via the medical forms sent out by cruise lines before departure. Most cruise lines now provide a fridge in cabins, though this is not guaranteed, so it is important to mention any requirements to your sales consultant. Similarly, sharps bins are not provided as standard, so will need to be requested when required for injectable medicines such as insulin.

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