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Medical emergencies cutting cruises short, a new trend for RC??

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It seems lately, Royal Caribbean has a growing trend of either cutting cruises short or taking passangers on a different route, due to some sort of medical emergency on board.  By all means, I understand things happen.  However, a medical emergency has occured on multiple cruises, to me, a close friend of mine and other people I've talked to.  We all reside near port Canaveral, Florida, which is the port we all departed from for our Royal Caribbean cruises.  Just yesterday, I see in the news, that a RC cruise had to go back to port Canaveral due to a medical emergency, causing traffic issues in the area and the passangers never got to sail to the destination they paid for.  Same thing happened to me.  On my RC cruise, we couldn't go to Haiti as planned, due to a medical emergency on board, we had to port in Miami, and then circled around in the water near Miami for 3 days.  But, RC said, don't worry, we'll give you 2 days at Coco Cay.  What a joke.  Is RC trying to save on fuel costs?  Or do they just want to keep you at their resort, Coco Cay, so you spend your money there, and not some other place, at another destination?  Its a really disturbing trend.  I was so concerned about the passanger on our cruise, praying they were ok.  And now its seems a lot more prayers are needed for the emense amount of medical emergencies occurring on RC cruise lines.  In years past, the Coast Guard would respond and assist, or a chopper would fly out to the ship.  Doesn't seem like that happens anymore, which is a concern, if there is a true medical emergency.  Get it together, RC. 


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Hey @LittleSisBeck, thanks so much for posting! It's never a good situation when a medical emergency happens. often, the passenger would just get further attention at the nearest port. It really does depend. I do think it's just one of those things regarding the recent emergencies, especially as the ships have been so close to port. There have been plenty of chopper situations over the last few months too. To be honest, I would never be angry at the cruise line for this, if it was me needing the medical attention, I would be very grateful. Were you on one of the impacted Royal Caribbean vessels? 

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We had an emergency situation on RCL, a passenger got a heart attack and had to be lifted by helicopter to the nearest hospital.  These things happen.  I am just glad the helicopter was available when it happened.  I wasn't even sure if the helicopter came from the islands or if was it on the ship on standby.  Then on another ship, someone slipped and broke her elbow, luckily we were at the port and she was brought by ambulance.

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