Don't be the daredevil
- Avoid eating food prepared by street vendors – they may be contaminated with germs that cause salmonella, hepatitis A or typhoid.
- Don’t approach or touch animals off-shore – rabies is a deadly, but vaccine-preventable disease you might contract in some countries.
- Protect yourself against diseases transmitted by mosquitoes such as malaria, dengue fever and zika virus disease.
Don't be the chair hog
- If you’re not going to use the chair for the next 45 minutes, don’t be greedy and let someone else have it.
- Regularly exchange wet towels for fresh ones as towels offer the perfect breeding grounds for microorganisms.
- Personal hygiene is still paramount! Shower before swimming and avoid swallowing pool water as it may contain the highly nasties like cryptosporidium or giardia.
Don't be the loyalty royalty
- No one likes a boaster. If you are a seasoned cruiser, share your wisdom with others on important, relevant topics.
- Offer fellow cruisers tips on how to acclimatise to cruising and avoid seasickness by spending time out on deck.
- Share exciting stories of your travels and the importance of seeing your doctor before you travel for advice on health risks while cruising, including any vaccines you might need.
Don't be the Human Petri dish
- If you’re feeling sick, don’t wait – alert the ship’s medical team as soon as possible.
- Be prepared before you set sail – Australian public health authorities strongly recommend that all passengers receive the influenza vaccine.
- Practice good hygiene – wash your hands regularly to avoid contracting viruses such as influenza and norovirus from contaminated surfaces.
See a doctor
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Visit your doctor ideally 4-6 weeks before your trip to get vaccines or medicines you may require. Book your appointment today.