Dialysis Service Charge – Ambassador Cruise Lines
Cost of Haemodialysis
Your dialysis sessions will take place in the dedicated Dialysis Suite onboard the ship. You will be looked after from the beginning to the end of your cruise by a qualified Nephrologist and nurses who will be onboard for the duration of your cruise. Please note each cruise can only accommodate 9 patients therefore we would suggest a booking is secured as early as possible to avoid disappointment. Each dialysis session is charged at £575. You may be entitled to part or full reimbursement of the cost of your dialysis sessions. Please see the information in the “Reimbursement for Dialysis Sessions” section below.
The provision of haemodialysis onboard cruise ships incurs various costs including the logistics involved in transporting the equipment and staff to the ship, setting up the dialysis unit onboard, the cost of providing the accommodation for the dialysis team and dialysis unit onboard the ship and the extensive medical liability insurance required. Additional costs include collating and processing the patient’s medical documentation, liaison with the patient’s dialysis unit and the onboard dialysis team’s review of the medical records. To contribute towards these costs there is a Service Charge of £999 (£1699 for back to back cruises and £699 for cruises of 5 nights or less) charged to the patient. This Service Charge is payable at the same time as your cruise deposit. The Service Charge is non-refundable under any circumstance except if we were to cancel your cruise then the Service Charge will be carried forward to a future cruise.
Reimbursement for Dialysis Sessions
For UK Residents : If the majority of ports visited during your cruise are within the European Economic Area (EEA) then you will be reimbursed the amount of the National Tariff which we understand to be approximately £150 per dialysis session – your Holiday Dialysis Co-ordinator at your Dialysis Unit will advise you of the exact amount.
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.
Kidney Care UK (formerly BKPA) Grants
Adults and families living in the UK who are affected by kidney disease and unable to pay the full cost of a holiday can apply to Kidney Care UK for a grant of £1000. To apply for a grant please contact your Dialysis Unit social worker or a member of your kidney care team. If a member of staff cannot assist you please contact the Kidney Care UK Support Worker on 01420 541424.