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Could you buy toiletries and over the counter drugs on your last cruise ship?

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On our last cruise, we got sick and ran out of over the counter drugs, mouthwash and needed a new toothbrush.  Went down to the ship stores and could not find anyplace that sold over the counter drugs and toiletries. The shop that used to sell those things now sold expensive handbags and jewelry. This is insane!  We were too sick to leave the ship to attempt to find these things onshore.

 

Do other cruise ships sell things like toiletries and over the counter drugs on board in your experience?

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Cruise ships are looking for ways to make money.  Over the counter drugs and such are not big money makers.

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I've seen such things on every ship, but the quantities are very limited. They often sold out of sea sickness remedies.

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On Royal Carib, there is a dispenser outside the medical suite.  Like a vending machine.

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This situation was on the Carnival Horizon.  I asked a number of people on board about buying these things and were told they no longer sold them because the stores made more money selling expensive watches, etc.  The doctor did not sell these things either.

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the liquor store is the place to find sundries.  at about a 10 thousand percent markup.  

 

most people just find the nearest drugstore  in port.   no risk of expired  items plus way less expensive, even if there is a  currency exchange.  

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2 hours ago, librarygal said:

On our last cruise, we got sick and ran out of over the counter drugs, mouthwash and needed a new toothbrush.  Went down to the ship stores and could not find anyplace that sold over the counter drugs and toiletries. The shop that used to sell those things now sold expensive handbags and jewelry. This is insane!  We were too sick to leave the ship to attempt to find these things onshore.

 

Do other cruise ships sell things like toiletries and over the counter drugs on board in your experience?

 

Hi

 

Looking at one of your other recent posts, you indicated you were considering leaving the cruise early to end your misery. How were you planning on doing that, if you weren't even able to get off the ship to buy a toothbrush? 

 

You yourself suggested that you were seasick, did you not consider that getting off the ship for a day would have improved your situation, even if it was only to find a pharmacy where you could have bought some medication to ease your condition?

 

Sorry, if you choose to just sit and moan and complain about everything, I have no sympathy.

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My husband got a sinus infection while midway through a 7-day cruise.  In Mexico, we saw a Costco at the pier so we walked to it and loaded up on sinus meds.  From then on I put together a first aid kit and take it on every vacation, cruise or not. I don't see much in the way of meds on a cruise ship.  

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On our last sea day, I ran out of toothpaste, and the Konigsdam had a 2.5 oz ($1.59) tube of Colgate for $4.99.  They didn’t stock travel sizes, but they had a good selection of otc meds and misc. personal care items.

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So ... you got sick, had bad buffet food (could this have been because you were sick?), didn't sleep well (could this have been because you were sick?), was irritated by hallway noise (could this have been because you were sick?).  Shall I go on?  GET OVER IT.

 

IF YOU FAIL TO PLAN, YOU PLAN TO FAIL.

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This poster is probably now trolling, as they are putting out more and more ridiculous posts.  They are trying to get people to respond.   Pls do not encourage them.   

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We were on a Celebrity cruise last year and were surprised that we couldn't see any shop selling toiletries, OTC meds etc. On asking, we found they were now out of sight in a cupboard, but were still available to buy. If we hadn't asked, we would have assumed they were not there.

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6 hours ago, librarygal said:

On our last cruise, we got sick and ran out of over the counter drugs, mouthwash and needed a new toothbrush.  Went down to the ship stores and could not find anyplace that sold over the counter drugs and toiletries. The shop that used to sell those things now sold expensive handbags and jewelry. This is insane!  We were too sick to leave the ship to attempt to find these things onshore.

 

Do other cruise ships sell things like toiletries and over the counter drugs on board in your experience?

Every ship we've been on has had a small "drug store" type area with toothpaste, soap, deodorant, aspirin, etc.  

 

 

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Some lines have stopped selling "stomach" meds over the counter. Their concern is people may have noro and try to self medicate and in turn, infect the other passengers on the ship. They want you to go to the med facility and see the doctor/nurse to see if you have noro or just ate too many burgers/pizza/ice cream/etc.

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46 minutes ago, GUT2407 said:

Maybe cruising isn’t right for you.

 

There is no "maybe" about it. Cruising is clearly not for them.

 

And, the OP should find another hobby besides trolling and complaining. 

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Twice on Celebrity ships when we needed a couple of items we found that one of the shops had a closed cabinet with toiletries and a few OTC medications.  Without asking we would never have found it.  

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Many experienced cruisers bring a bag of over the counter meds for the typical maladies on a cruise: cold, bronchitis, diarrhea, etc. Customer service often gives out sea sickness tablets. Google cruise packing lists and see their recommendations, otherwise you will be purchasing the most expensive meds and items of your life. Also, keep in mind that many items aren't available. Nyquil was a popular one on one transpacific. Seems that Australians can't buy that in their countries and the shelves were empty.

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11 hours ago, NCHPcruiser said:

Twice on Celebrity ships when we needed a couple of items we found that one of the shops had a closed cabinet with toiletries and a few OTC medications.  Without asking we would never have found it.  

 

Yes, I found that on our Silhouette cruise.  If I hadn’t asked, I would have assumed there weren’t any items like cold remedies or toothpaste on board.  The girl I asked got a key and opened up the “secret” cabinet.

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On 1/29/2019 at 4:30 AM, librarygal said:

On our last cruise, we got sick and ran out of over the counter drugs, mouthwash and needed a new toothbrush.  Went down to the ship stores and could not find anyplace that sold over the counter drugs and toiletries. The shop that used to sell those things now sold expensive handbags and jewelry. This is insane!  We were too sick to leave the ship to attempt to find these things onshore.

 

Do other cruise ships sell things like toiletries and over the counter drugs on board in your experience?

 

I have always found things of this nature.  Not a big selection but I did need aspirin once and found it.  They do often seasick meds in larger selections. 

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