For each cruise there is a dedicated dialysis unit onboard each ship where your dialysis treatments will take place. You will be cared for from the beginning to the end of your cruise by a qualified Nephrologist and nurses who will be on board for the duration of your cruise.
Before you go on your cruise we will obtain information from your dialysis unit so we know all about your dialysis treatment requirements. The dedicated dialysis team will look after you during your cruise and can be contacted 24 hours per day.
Payment for Dialysis Sessions
For UK Residents : We are very pleased to announce that following a meeting between NHS England, the BKPA and Lisa Parnell of Cruise Dialysis, NHS England has chosen to exercise its discretionary rights to reimburse the cost of healthcare onboard cruise ships subject to certain conditions:-
If the majority of ports visited during your cruise are within the European Economic Area (EEA) (or a country with which the NHS has formal healthcare agreements, ie, those covered under Article 56 or those countries with which England has bilateral agreements) then you will be reimbursed the amount of the National Tariff – your Holiday Dialysis Co-ordinator at your Dialysis Unit will advise you of the exact amount.
Further information about the policy can be viewed by clicking on the following links:-
Commissioning Policy, Dialysis Away From Base
Dialysis Away from Base, Frequently Asked Questions
For Residents of Wales : The Health Commission Wales may meet the cost of your dialysis onboard, please check with your Holiday Dialysis Co-ordinator.
For Residents of Scotland : Your dialysis unit may meet the cost of your dialysis sessions, please check with your Holiday Dialysis Co-ordinator.
For Residents of Ireland : Please check with your Holiday Dialysis Co-ordinator or your private medical insurance.
For Overseas Residents : Please check with your Dialysis Unit.
Please note dialysis places onboard are limited to a maximum of 12-16 patients therefore if you do wish to make a booking please contact us at your earliest convenience.
Dialysis sessions onboard Europa2, Astor, Bellejour and Belvedere cost €299 (approx £223) per session. Dialysis sessions onboard Celebrity, Royal Caribbean and NCL ships costs $625 (approx £409) per session and the dialysis onboard MSC cruises costs €340 (approx £253) per session.
Many patients apply to the British Kidney Patient Association for a grant towards the cost of their holiday. To apply for a grant please visit the British Kidney Patient Association website for further information or alternatively contact a member of your kidney care team.