Those who use peritoneal dialysis or home hemodialysis can pack their supplies to bring with them on the cruise ship, according to DaVita. Because most mainstream cruise lines do not offer dialysis facilities themselves, people who require in-center hemodialysis should arrange on-ship care through an independent health care company such as Dialysis at Sea.
Dialysis at Sea is the world's largest provider of Dialysis services on cruise ships, as claimed by the company. The company provides dialysis on a number of Celebrity, Holland America and Royal Caribbean cruises. A certified nephrologist and one or two licensed dialysis nurses supports each Dialysis at Sea cruise, and dialysis staff is available 24 hours a day. Before sailing, Dialysis at Sea holds an orientation so that fellow dialysis patients can meet one another as well as the medical staff.
To book a cruise with Dialysis at Sea, first visit the company website to view available cruises, then call their toll-free number to speak with one of their service representatives to book your cruise, as described by Dialysis at Sea. Family and friends who are traveling with the dialysis patient and would like to stay in the patient's cabin should also book through Dialysis at Sea. The prices of Dialysis at Sea's cruises are different than those listed by their partner cruise lines because Dialysis at Sea's prices account for the numerous costs associated with providing dialysis services.