Which Cruise Ships Provide Dialysis?


Dialysis patients may feel that cruise holidays are not possible due to their medical condition and care needs. However, there are a vast number of ships and crews who go above and beyond to ensure dialysis patients get the medical attention they require and can have an enjoyable and relaxing holiday.

Please note: The information provided in this post was last updated on 30 June 2016. 


Dialysis Nurse

Patients who will require hemodialysis care whilst enjoying a cruise holiday with friends and families can be accommodated by a number of cruise companies. Celebrity Cruises and Royal Caribbean Cruises can accommodate patients who require hemodialysis care and the necessary equipment on a number of their vessels.

The ships which can accommodate hemodialysis patients are:

Allure of the Seas, Anthem of the Seas, Brilliance of the Seas, Explorer of the Seas, Freedom of the Seas, Independence of the Seas, Liberty of the Seas, Navigator of the Seas, Oasis of the Seas, Quantum of the Seas, Serenade of the Seas, Celebrity Eclipse, Celebrity Equinox, Celebrity Infinity Celebrity Silhouette and Celebrity Solstice.

Peritoneal Dialysis


For patients who administer peritoneal dialysis at home, it is possible to bring your equipment aboard most ships before departure and have supplies delivered directly to you. It is always worth checking with the cruise company before the sailing date to determine whether you have to make any special arrangements prior to boarding.

In-Port Booking

Cruise Ship Near Coast

It is possible to book dialysis at a number of ports on our cruise itineraries. However, unexpected weather conditions can cause ships to recourse and miss ports, so this is not always the safest option. For more information about how to organise dialysis support in port, call our dedicated sales team on 1300 857 345.

On-Board Activities for Dialysis Patients

Old Couple on Cruise

The modern cruise ship is designed for passengers of all ages, tastes and interests – ensuring there is something to keep everyone entertained. There are a wide range of activities perfectly suited to patients receiving both hemodialysis and peritoneal dialysis.

Dedicated practitioners and nurses will also be able to help you enjoy shore excursions to some of the most beautiful and relaxing destinations.

Further Information on Dialysis at Sea

Old couple on cruise holiday

Cruise holidays provide a great way for dialysis patients to see the world with minimal stress and hassle, and so the industry offers fantastic on-board provision for those dependent on a dialysis machine and care.

One of the most comprehensive cruising with dialysis services is Dialysis at Sea, an independent specialist established in 1977. Offering on-board dialysis services at a handful of different destination ports across the globe, Dialysis at Sea provides the equipment, supplies and medical support staff required to ensure passengers can travel with complete confidence during a seafaring voyage.

Dialysis at Sea offers dialysis provision from Sydney and Auckland respectively, giving you the opportunity to explore such destinations as Australia, New Zealand, Southeast Asia and the South Pacific Islands.

Click here to find out more about Dialysis at Sea.

Sun Lounger Aboard Cruise Ship

If the cruise lines listed above don’t offer the right itinerary for you, don’t forget to approach other lines — such as P&O Australia and Carnival Australia — to request if they can accommodate your needs. It’s also worth speaking to your medical practitioner, as they may be able to provide helpful insight and further options to help you plan your dream trip.

For the full range of the cruise packages available from Cruise1st, simply visit our homepage or call our dedicated team on 1300 857 345.

Images sourced via Flickr Creative Commons. Credits: Steve Corey and  Rennett Stowe.


About Author

Lily Egge

Lily is in her mid 60’s and loves cruising. She and her partner have cruised on at least 40 cruises so far and there is much more to see. They usually travel on a balcony cabin, especially at Christmas where they celebrate on the cruise with the family. She lives in Manifold Heights in Victoria. Lily writes for Cruise 1st on a regular basis.

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