Traveling on a Cruise Ship with Your CPAP
No matter where you are traveling, it’s important to get quality sleep.
Going on a cruise ship for a vacation is an exciting time, and you want to make sure you are well rested every night to enjoy every day. If you have sleep apnea, definitely continue your therapy and bring your CPAP machine on the cruise with you!
When traveling on a cruise ship with your CPAP, here is a list of what Health Sqyre thinks you should keep in mind:
- Travel with a travel-friendly CPAP machine
- Contact your travel carrier
- Always bring your documents
- Bring necessary accessories
- Your Cruise Ship Guidelines
Travel CPAP Machine
When traveling, you always want to pack light for your convenience. Lugging around a heavy CPAP machine can be a pain, and not bothering to even bring your CPAP machine and deciding to skip therapy is a definite no-no.
A light, compact travel CPAP machine is a great way to easily carry around your therapy device anywhere you go and continue therapy everywhere you are.
Check out this list if you don’t have a travel-friendly CPAP machine yet: Best Travel CPAP Machines.
Contact your Cruise Line
Cruise lines are generally very accommodating of medical needs and devices, including CPAP machines.
However, each transportation company does have their own regulations and rules concerning what you can carry. Prior to your travel date (several days in advance), call the cruise company you are traveling with and ask about their regulations concerning the use of CPAP on the cruise.
Wherever and however you travel, it’s always a good preparation to bring a letter of medical necessity from your doctor.
Ask your doctor to provide you with a prescription for CPAP and other necessary parts (heated humidifier, mask, filters, and tubing). Keep the prescription in your wallet or CPAP travel bag. Emergencies, such as needing to buy any equipment that might be damaged or stolen while traveling, may come up, so it’s always recommended to stay prepared.
Ask your doctor to provide a letter of medical necessity. This is important in order to use your CPAP machine during travel.
On another document-related note, certain cruise ships will require you to fill out a form saying that you will be bringing your CPAP machine on the cruise. This is to let them know what you will be bringing, as well as how and what they can provide for you.
Remember to also bring your own battery as back-up, in case there is a power outage.
Many cruise ships will provide distilled water for your machine for free or for a low price (Carnival charges $3 for a gallon). Check with your cruise line on what they can do, and if you don’t want to pay for it, bring your own distilled water for your humidifier.
It’s also a good idea to bring a 10-15 foot extension cord when you travel to ensure that you can plug your machine while you sleep. When contacting your cruise line, let them know that you will be bringing your own extension cord because normally, extension cords would not be allowed on board. If they say no to you bringing one for yourself, they will provide one for you.
Make sure to bring whatever you normally use to clean your machine and equipment.
- Pro Tip: Bring a small, travel-sized bottle of baby shampoo.
Cruise Ship Guidelines Regarding CPAP Use
Carnival Cruise Line is the world’s largest cruise line based in the United States. They require that you bring your own equipment on board. They advice passengers to hand-carry these items, not place them in your checked luggage.
There is one electrical outlet around the desk/vanity in each stateroom. The outlet has a 3-prong 110 volt (North America Grounded) and a 220 volt (Europe German-Style).
If you will also be traveling by air, check with your airline as well about their own guidelines and regulations on bringing/using CPAP machine.
Keep all of this in mind when thinking about how to pack!
Bring your CPAP with you when traveling and have a restful sleep on the cruise! Bon Voyage!
Check out our Ultimate Guide to Traveling with a CPAP for all the pro tips.