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#1 yummymummycakes

Posted 22 April 2019 - 02:09 PM

In need of some assistance please.

My dad lives in Mexico and has an opportunity to come to Melbourne for an event - however his Dr may not clear him for the flight so he is looking to see if there are any ships/cruises that come over here.

The event is in Oct 2019.

I have googled to no avail - can anyone offer any idea's, suggestions, anything please. We are desperate to make this happen as it will probably be the last time I see him and we havent seen each other in 42 years!

#2 WTFJerk

Posted 22 April 2019 - 02:11 PM

Go into a travel agent and talk to them.

Good luck!!

#3 1975ladybug

Posted 22 April 2019 - 02:22 PM

Hear once of a person traveling from the uk on a cargo ship, random goggle search found this,

https://www.cargoshipvoyages.com/

#4 Coffeegirl

Posted 22 April 2019 - 02:36 PM

There are cruises from LA to Sydney.  But none running in Oct that I can see.

What about LA - Hawaii - Sydney?

Regardless- they are all long 3-4 week cruises.  Nothing direct

#5 sammyv

Posted 22 April 2019 - 02:37 PM

I would check out with a travel agent as pp has said,  but I think he might have to do a couple of cruises ie Mexico to Hawaii and Hawaii to Australia.

#6 molinero

Posted 22 April 2019 - 02:38 PM

Where in Mexico does he live?

A pure cruising itinerary could require lumping a few different cruises together.

e.g. Mexico to California
Then California to Hawaii
Then Hawaii to Australia


Alternatively, would his Dr clear him for a shorter domestic flight? Could he overland to California, fly to Hawaii, then cruise to Australia from there?

#7 yummymummycakes

Posted 22 April 2019 - 03:55 PM

View Postmolinero, on 22 April 2019 - 02:38 PM, said:

Where in Mexico does he live?

A pure cruising itinerary could require lumping a few different cruises together.

e.g. Mexico to California
Then California to Hawaii
Then Hawaii to Australia


Alternatively, would his Dr clear him for a shorter domestic flight? Could he overland to California, fly to Hawaii, then cruise to Australia from there?

Currently living in Cuernavaca, Morelos

Will put some of options to him.... we are both really keen for this reunion

#8 luke's mummu

Posted 22 April 2019 - 04:07 PM

Just remember- once the cruise has started there’s only basic medical care available onboard, and passengers usually can’t be airlifted out. I’m not sure what your dads medical condition is, but you need to consider risks if he needed specialist medical care urgently

#9 Lalala4

Posted 22 April 2019 - 04:07 PM

Acapulco / Honolulu / Sydney / train? That should be within the crusing season I think.

If it's too risky for him to be so far from land for so long, though, consider hiring a professional to set up an international video link to the reunion -- beyond skype or facetime, you can get some really great results now.

Edited because I see that it's the physical connection that seems most important. Any chance you can go to Mexico or nearby at some other time?

Edited by Lalala4, 22 April 2019 - 04:09 PM.


#10 BusbyWilkes

Posted 22 April 2019 - 04:10 PM

Hi OP. Would taking 3 cruises, that end up taking weeks to get to Australia be any less risky that flying? What are the specific issues with flying? It is certainly not uncommon for guests to pass away while on a cruise, so it's not necessarily a safe option.

If his doctor won't clear him to fly, he is unlikely to qualify for travel insurance either. You would need to consider if Mexico has reciporical health agreements with Australia or how to pay for medical issues should that arise while he is here.

Having said all of those negative things, I would do anything to make it happen if it was my dad. Good luck.

#11 born.a.girl

Posted 22 April 2019 - 04:42 PM

Is he planning to travel in economy?

My doctor has suggested I rethink economy or rethink travel, and I'm only a couple of minor categories into the higher risk for DVT.

I know business class would be expensive, but if you made sure they were all lie flat beds, the cost (if the money's available, of course) may be worth more than it costs to you.

#12 yummymummycakes

Posted 22 April 2019 - 05:07 PM

View PostLalala4, on 22 April 2019 - 04:07 PM, said:

Acapulco / Honolulu / Sydney / train? That should be within the crusing season I think.

If it's too risky for him to be so far from land for so long, though, consider hiring a professional to set up an international video link to the reunion -- beyond skype or facetime, you can get some really great results now.

Edited because I see that it's the physical connection that seems most important. Any chance you can go to Mexico or nearby at some other time?

he is also coming over for a work reunion that is really important to him. Lots of big names in the motor racing industry. Just turns out that I live 20 minutes from where it will be held.

My parents had a really nasty divorce when I was 8 (now 50) and we only found each other about 6 years ago

View PostBusbyWilkes, on 22 April 2019 - 04:10 PM, said:

Hi OP. Would taking 3 cruises, that end up taking weeks to get to Australia be any less risky that flying? What are the specific issues with flying? It is certainly not uncommon for guests to pass away while on a cruise, so it's not necessarily a safe option.

If his doctor won't clear him to fly, he is unlikely to qualify for travel insurance either. You would need to consider if Mexico has reciporical health agreements with Australia or how to pay for medical issues should that arise while he is here.

Having said all of those negative things, I would do anything to make it happen if it was my dad. Good luck.

He was thinking cruise as his Dr may not pass him for flying anymore than 4 hours - I think part of it is because he also loves sailing since he is to old for motor racing now.

Money is not an issue it seems

Edited by yummymummycakes, 22 April 2019 - 05:09 PM.


#13 born.a.girl

Posted 22 April 2019 - 05:25 PM

Unless the doctor is already talking about business class, then I'd have thought the class of seat would make a difference.


I do know there are some conditions (I think lung??) in which the flying itself is an issue, so I'm only talking about what I know about myself and others like me.

#14 laridae

Posted 22 April 2019 - 05:48 PM

If money is no issue perhaps he could charter a yacht?
Even if you do managed to find a combination of cruises that would get him here, you may have more trouble getting him back again.

I've had a quick look and it looks like all the cruises from places like Hawaii and the west coast of the USA don't start until late September, which probably wouldn't get there in time for an October event (unless it's really late October).

Edited by laridae, 22 April 2019 - 05:58 PM.


#15 yummymummycakes

Posted 22 April 2019 - 06:02 PM

View Postlaridae, on 22 April 2019 - 05:48 PM, said:

If money is no issue perhaps he could charter a yacht?
Even if you do managed to find a combination of cruises that would get him here, you may have more trouble getting him back again.

I've had a quick look and it looks like all the cruises from places like Hawaii and the west coast of the USA don't start until late September, which probably wouldn't get there in time for an October event (unless it's really late October).

Event is Oct 13.... praying his Dr will allow it for him

#16 Cimbom

Posted 22 April 2019 - 07:37 PM

I think that for someone with health problems a cruise would surely be more riskier than flying? There is the huge Pacific Ocean in between Australia and North America - I'm not sure you could even be airlifted efficiently if something happened in the middle of it. By the time you've paid for three cruises to come here and another three to go back (if you could even group them together to line up properly), he could probably fly in first class - it's about 20k return and he'd have his own suite pretty much. Doubt you'd book six cruises for much less than that anyway. :shrug:

#17 littlepickle

Posted 22 April 2019 - 08:29 PM

Is it possible for him to pay for a medical escort? Either nurse or doctor? I have a friend in the medical industry who used to travel the world this way.

Keeping in mind that he will probably also be visiting without any medical travel insurance and that care will be expensive if he needs it in Australia at full cost.,

#18 elmo_mum

Posted 22 April 2019 - 08:36 PM

As others have suggested cruising
Please note



Cruises will return 6 months later....
Limited medical resources on board
he may find it hard to get travel insurance for pre existing illneses
Medivacs are 15k plus

Can he skype it in instead????

#19 lizzzard

Posted 22 April 2019 - 09:33 PM

View Postlittlepickle, on 22 April 2019 - 08:29 PM, said:

Is it possible for him to pay for a medical escort? Either nurse or doctor? I have a friend in the medical industry who used to travel the world this way.

Keeping in mind that he will probably also be visiting without any medical travel insurance and that care will be expensive if he needs it in Australia at full cost.,

This potentially sounds like a great option!

#20 born.a.girl

Posted 23 April 2019 - 04:55 AM

View PostCimbom, on 22 April 2019 - 07:37 PM, said:

I think that for someone with health problems a cruise would surely be more riskier than flying? There is the huge Pacific Ocean in between Australia and North America - I'm not sure you could even be airlifted efficiently if something happened in the middle of it. By the time you've paid for three cruises to come here and another three to go back (if you could even group them together to line up properly), he could probably fly in first class - it's about 20k return and he'd have his own suite pretty much. Doubt you'd book six cruises for much less than that anyway. Posted Image


Sure could!  Thing is I think some people's health means they can't fly, full stop.  I read about Clive James, who can no longer fly, nothing to do with first class vs economy because surely he could afford that.  It's something to do with his lungs.

For most of us with health issues (Melbourne neighbour had a hernia removed less than a week before his son's wedding in Sweden) moving up to business/first might solve the issue.

I'm not even sure what it is about the air in planes that's so bad for people with lung issues - apart from knowing it's pretty revolting.

For me, just having my legs up eliminates the risk.

#21 notorico

Posted 23 April 2019 - 09:01 AM

My son couldn't fly for a period of time due to an issue with his brain - it was about the altitude. We chose to cruise which his doctor did allow. Fortunately for us it was temporary.

#22 Mose

Posted 23 April 2019 - 09:20 AM

A colleague's wife can't fly at all - something to do with a low platelet count I think - they had to drive to Adelaide instead of flying from Melbourne.

And a friend's Mum who is Scottish hasn't been allowed on a flight longer than two hours in decades, so has not been (and will not be) returning to her childhood home.

It depends very much on what the doctor's concern is as to whether there is a solution, and if so what it is.

Chartering a yacht you would need to get onto ASAP as he would be wanting to leave Mexico before the end of the busy Northern hemisphere sailing season, and I believe good yachts are hard to come by at that time of year.

#23 molinero

Posted 23 April 2019 - 09:51 AM

View Postyummymummycakes, on 22 April 2019 - 05:07 PM, said:


He was thinking cruise as his Dr may not pass him for flying anymore than 4 hours - I think part of it is because he also loves sailing since he is to old for motor racing now.

Money is not an issue it seems

This is a long shot, but he may be able to fly across the Bering Strait if he leaves a bit earlier. There are flights from Anchorage to eastern Russia that can be chartered seasonally (up until August I think):

https://russianblogg...aska-to-russia/


From there he could, in theory, hop skip and jump all the way down through Asia and enter Australia through Darwin or Perth so as to keep all flights under four hours.

This is very convoluted but it's the only real flight path under 4 hours that I can find. If you consider this route, talk to a travel agent, make sure all air fares are purchased flexi-fares so that hiccups with connections or cancelled flights don't mess up subsequent flights. Make sure he gets adequate stopovers on the way to assist with his health.

After the reunion, he could then look at cruising home with Dr's permission....

#24 eachschoolholidays

Posted 23 April 2019 - 01:23 PM

If his doctor won’t clear him for flying, I would investigate travel insurance before I booked anything else. If he becomes unwell while he’s over here or on a cruise, it can be fiendishly expensive to be hospitalised and he could struggle to get home again.

#25 born.a.girl

Posted 23 April 2019 - 04:03 PM

 molinero, on 23 April 2019 - 09:51 AM, said:

This is a long shot, but he may be able to fly across the Bering Strait if he leaves a bit earlier. There are flights from Anchorage to eastern Russia that can be chartered seasonally (up until August I think):

https://russianblogg...aska-to-russia/


From there he could, in theory, hop skip and jump all the way down through Asia and enter Australia through Darwin or Perth so as to keep all flights under four hours.

This is very convoluted but it's the only real flight path under 4 hours that I can find. If you consider this route, talk to a travel agent, make sure all air fares are purchased flexi-fares so that hiccups with connections or cancelled flights don't mess up subsequent flights. Make sure he gets adequate stopovers on the way to assist with his health.

After the reunion, he could then look at cruising home with Dr's permission....


Wow, that's clever, I really didn't think that would be possible.

That said, I have the spatial skills of a house brick and fortunately you don't.




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