Celebrity Cruise Line

Posted on: Mon, 05/17/2004 - 3:41am
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FYI - We are going on a Clebrity Cruise in June with our 8 yr. old PA daughter. I have been in touch with their "special needs" dept. getting everything lined up. They will only allow their medical personnel to administer an EPI Pen. This means she cannot participate in the youth program unless we have an adult from our party with her to administer the EPI Pen. They said they would contact medical if there is a problem. Like it's not a big deal to wait! Very frustrated since I know she'd love to be in the program and it limits our freedom too.

Has anyone used this cruise line? Had similar problems? Got a fix?

Thanks!

Posted on: Mon, 05/17/2004 - 3:51am
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Do they serve Peanut Butter and jelly? Or is there a fixed menu for the kids? I can understand your frustration, but maybe a "fix" is that you request/work with them to make sure that the snacks or lunchs that they have are peanut safe for the time that you daughter is in the program. If they elimate the pb or nut option (again even if there is one) maybe you would be more at ease of letting her attend the camp.
I took a Princess line with my son (he was only 2 at the time, and no camp option) but they were very accommodating when it came to serving him meals at dinner or telling us what he could or couldn't have.

Posted on: Mon, 05/17/2004 - 4:12am
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Thanks for your reply.
I just can't imagine letting my daughter go anywhere without her EPI Pen and someone to administer it. They don't serve anything with nuts in the youth program, but what if there is residue on someone's hands or shirt? Her allergy is severe enough that she reacts from touch, not just ingested peanuts.

Posted on: Mon, 05/17/2004 - 6:00am
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Ah. I see. I didn't realize that she reacts from touch as well. I don't know. Perhaps you should have her involved with your choice of excursions then. But weigh it out this way...would you rather her have a reaction on the boat with medical personal/assistance there or on an excurision where you would need to motor back to the boat to have additional medical assistance.
I take it that they will not have a member of the medical staff overseeing during the times of the kids camps.
What is your current situation at her school? Does she have an aid follow her all day? Is there a full time nurse?

Posted on: Mon, 05/17/2004 - 6:50am
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Yeah, we're just going to have to do a combination of going with her to the youth program and doing other activities together.
They will "call" the medical staff - not one there at the program.
At school her EPI pens are all over the campus - in her classroom, with all of the specialists, with aides at recess, etc.. All of the administration and teachers are trained and have permission to use the EPI Pen.

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