Christopher Elliott - MSNBC - National Geographic - Cruise TravelMSNBC has an interesting article today by travel columnist, Christopher Elliott, entitled Staying Safe on the High Seas.  

Mr. Elliott reports on the new cruise ship security and safety law signed by President Obama, the problem of sexual assaults, noro-virus, and medical facilities aboard cruise ships.

The article quoted me saying that:

"The last place you want to become ill or injured is on a cruise ship far away from a U.S. port.  Cruise ship medical care is limited. Ship doctors are usually from foreign medical schools. The shipboard facilities are often inadequate and the medical care is sub-standard.”

Its an interesting article that every passenger should read before setting sail with their family.


Christopher Elliott is a travel columnist, a contributor, and the ombudsman for National Geographic Traveler magazine.  You can read more travel tips on his blog, or e-mail him at

  • d.jansen

    From my experience on Royal Carribean Radiance Of The Seas, make sure you have lots of credit on your CC and/or buy the cruiselines optional insurance. I had a bill of $3200 and wasn’t concerned because I have a really good private insurance company that has lots of medical coverage for anywhere in the world. When I went to pay the bill at pursers desk, I was told they wouldn’t accept it, even though I called my insurance company and had them verify that they would gladly pay the bill instantly to ship. When I asked what would happen if I didn’t pay and asked for a bill to be sent to me so I could forward it to my insurance to get paid, the reply was “well, you won’t be let off the ship on disembarkment and the port police will be waiting for you”….how scary! I was in a panic then because I knew I didn’t have enough on my CC. I cried, then called my CC to ask for an emergency extension to pay the bill. Thankfully, they did, and I was left with NO credit to spend for the rest of my cruise. This made my cruise less enjoyable and I just couldn’t wait to get home. I was a frequent cruiser who was confident in my coverage. They said from now on I should consider their added insurance, so medical emergencies will be covered. What a MONOPOLY!