Health & Fitness


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Should I provide Scenic Tours with my health and fitness details prior to travelling?

 
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We will supply a Health and Fitness form in your travel wallet. These forms are designed to provide us with instant information if an emergency should arise. These forms will be returned unopened at the completion of the tour. It is not compulsory to fill out these forms but is strongly recommended

 

  • We strongly recommend a visit to your doctor and dentist prior to your tour.
  • If you are aged 70 or over at the Tour Departure date you must provide us with a doctor’s letter confirming you are fit and healthy enough to take part in the specified tour including reference to the itinerary, destinations and tour departure date.
  • You must advise us of any pre-existing medical conditions that might reasonably be expected to increase your risk of requiring medical attention, affect the normal conduct of the tour and/or the enjoyment of other tour members.
  • You will be required to fill in our Health and Fitness form and hand it to your Tour Director on the tour departure date.

 

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Can I take prescription medication ?

 
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Yes and its advisable to pack an ample supply of any medicine you are taking, copies of prescriptions and the telephone/fax number of your doctor. Because of strict drug laws in some countries, drugs you take on doctor’s orders should be carried in their original container showing the prescription label. Always keep your medication in your hand luggage.

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Are there any health risks that I should be aware of?

 
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Viral gastroenteritis is a very common virus that can be found almost anywhere, but its opportunity to spread is greater in contained environments. Symptoms include nausea, vomiting and diarrhoea. It may also include fever, stomach issues and headache. The symptoms usually start 12 to 48 hours after viral infection and can last from 1 to 10 days. Most people who become sick with viral gastroenteritis recover quickly with no further problems. However if the illness is more severe, further medical care may be required to treat dehydration. The most effective protection from personal contamination is ensuring strict attention to personal hygiene and in particular, frequent and thorough hand washing with soap and water and refraining from hand-to-mouth contact.

Colds and other viruses can spread quickly in an enclosed area such as a ship. Continue to practice common-sense hygiene and respiratory courtesy. Wash your hands often and cover your coughs and sneeze. It is recommended that passengers carry an anti-bacterial hand sanitiser, which does not require rinsing with water. Use a sanitiser frequently i.e. after shore excursions, prior to meals and throughout the day. If you have any questions regarding your health or safety while on tour, please do not hesitate to ask your Tour Director.

Motion sickness can be a problem for some people when cruising, flying or travelling on coaches and trains and it is a good idea to take precautionary measures. Drugs for treating motion sickness can be purchased at most pharmacies in Australia, however a side effect can by drowsiness. Alternatives such as ginger tablets and acupressure wristbands are also available and work well for some people.

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What vaccinations do I require?

 
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Recommended vaccinations and other health protection measures vary and are subject to change. You must consult your doctor on current vaccinations needed for your destination.

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What sort of fitness level do I require ?

 
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General

We welcome you if you have a disability or other special need, provided you are able to care for yourself or are accompanied by a companion capable of providing all the assistance you require. Please note that although we will use reasonable endeavours to provide you with all the activities on your Itinerary, depending on your disability, you may not be able to participate in every activity and the Tour Director will have the right to refuse your participation if the Tour Director believes your health and safety or the health and safety of other passengers may be impacted by your participation. You must advise us (or your travel agent) of any disability, medical condition or dietary requirement at the time of booking.

Europe

It is not possible for large coaches to be used for some city sightseeing therefore many towns and cities will be visited by way of walking tours and accordingly, a reasonable level of fitness is required. Much of Europe is based on a myriad of old buildings and there are split-levels, steps and uneven surfaces everywhere. High-heeled shoes are not suitable for cobblestone streets and steep inclines in medieval towns and cities. It is essential to have comfortable, rubber-soled walking shoes. Due to the amount of walking on your cruise shore excursions, which typically run for up to 3 hours, a reasonable level of fitness is required.

South East Asia river cruise

The Mekong Navigator is not equipped with elevators for guests. According to the level of water in the river, at times when the vessel is moored for shore excursions, during embarkation and disembarkation; the paths can be uneven, slippery or involve climbing many stairs. Scenic Tours recommends all guests to be relatively fit, able to walk for short distances (up to one kilometre) over uneven surfaces and be able to get on and off smaller boats. If you are uncertain about any element please contact Scenic Tours.

Small Ship Luxury cruises

It is recommended that all guests be relatively fit; able to walk for short distances over uneven surfaces and be able to get on and off smaller boats. If you are uncertain about any element please contact Scenic Tours.

Alaska cruise and Caribbean cruise

Low levels of fitness is required. Guests can be as active or leisurely as the like throughout and a Alaskan or Caribbean cruise. Level of activity may determine choice of shore excursions if guests choose to disembark the ship at each port of call. A wide variety of shore excursion are offered to fit your lifestyle, ranging from easy going activities for high adventure.

 

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Can I travel in a wheelchair?

 
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Europe

Due to the structure of old buildings, access to some establishments may not be convenient for wheelchair use, and facilities for the disabled in general may be limited. Many areas are pedestrian only. Marksburg Castle has a number of stairs which may impact guests with limited mobility access to all touring areas, but this will not impede participation of the medieval banquet. There are also areas of the ship that cannot be accessed by wheelchair and passengers will need to be able to get on and off the ship out of the wheelchair, due to space. For more information please contact us.

Please note: Russia River Cruising guests who require a wheelchair will need to be able to get on and off the ships and coaches themselves, due to space restrictions on board.

South East Asia

For guests in wheelchairs it is important to recognise that the Mekong Navigator is not ideally wheelchair suitable. Access may be limited and sometimes impossible as there are some narrow corridors, steps in the public areas and lips on certain doorways. In case of an emergency, all guests must be able to get in and off the vessel with limited or no assistance. Scenic Tours recommend that guests with special needs travel with a companion who can provide required assistance. Guests who have any medical, physical or other special needs should check the deck plan on our website to gain an understanding of the layout of the Mekong Navigator.

Small Ship Luxury Cruising, Antarctica, Alaska and Caribbean cruises

Some cruise ships do not have elevators, and ships that are equipped with elevators may not have elevator access to all decks. Wheelchair passengers should be aware that cabin doors and rest rooms are not wide enough to provide access for standard wheelchairs. Requests for disabled rooms must be made at the time of booking and are subject to availability. For safety reasons, passengers in wheelchairs cannot be carried on boarding ramps (which may be steep due to water levels) whilst the vessel is tied up or at anchor or on to motor coaches.

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What sort of first aid and medical items should I bring with me?

 
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It may be useful to bring a supply of basic items with you. A first aid kit may include band-aids, antiseptic, aspirin, cough medicine, throat lozenges, cold and flu medication, diarrhoea medication, mild laxative, eye ointments/drops for minor infections, a general antibiotic and any special medications you may need personally. Please remember to bring a letter from your doctor or a copy of the prescription for any medication that you are carrying with you.

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Will my special requirements be met throughout the cruise?

 
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Your special requirements have been passed onto all suppliers. Special requirements refer to airline seating, special dietary and medical needs. These requirements are on a request basis only and cannot be guaranteed by Scenic Tours. We strongly advise that you reconfirm your meal requests with the Scenic Tour Director upon joining your tour.

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Are there medical personnel available on the ship?

 
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Europe and South East Asia

Doctors are not available on board the ship, however we can stop anywhere along the way for medical emergencies.

South America Amazon river cruise, Galapagos cruise, Antarctica cruise, Alaska cruise, Caribbean cruise, Small Ship Luxury cruises

Medics travel on board the ships.