(Closed) Silly question for those who travel a lot!

posted 4 years ago in Wellness
Post # 3
698 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

@Mrs_Amanda:  That really sucks, but happy to hear that it’s clearing up on it’s own. I can’t answer your question, but if you have the time/want to put in the effort, I would contact Royal Caribbean. At the very least you might get an answer, or maybe you can help someone in the future. At the very best, you might get some sort of compensation (seeing as how that’s not a lovely condition to be in for your entire vacation!)

Good luck and hope your skin sorts itself out soon!

Post # 4
12257 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2013

I’ve had that happen! But never on a cruise ship (we cruise Carnival). But I also have a nickel allergy, and I have taken showers and spent the next few days itching. Usually it’s only at older hotels or houses, though!

Post # 5
2612 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2014 - Madison, WI

I have also had that happen (not on a cruise though) when I’ve been somewhere else for awhile. The last two times we went to visit just family and friends in the same state and my face broke out. Even though I brought all my usual skincare products with me. I actually ended up putting cortisone cream on my face and it cleared it up.  So even though like you I could tell it was acne, I treated it like a rash.

Post # 6
959 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2014

When I travel to different climates, my face changes a lot. In AZ it gets clean and clear. In Florida is gets zitty (lol, rhymes with shitty!) and same when I visit my sister in MO.

It may be a conbo of the change in diet, change in climate, and irritants that your skin isn’t used to that caused the issues. Now that you are back to normal your skin sounds like its following suit.

Post # 7
1573 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

I’ve never done a cruise so I can’t help there, but try contacting them? I do know that if I travel to a different climate, my skin is typically different. My sleep scheduel can also cause changes. My skin is also sensitive, so I know often times detergents can cause issues (from teh sheets and towels)

Post # 8
18654 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

I think that it was a lot of bleach in the towels there. Mine broke out really bad after our trip at the end of October and it’s just getting normal now.

Post # 9
1345 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2013 - Vine Street Church

Are you sure it wasn’t an acneiform rash of some sort rather than acne itself?

Post # 10
2208 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

could be just different water (harder, softer etc) as well as the detergent on the sheets & towels, the climate, excess food/drink, sunscreen, being in the sun/wind, chlorine from the pool/salt water from the ocean or just a combination of a bunch of those things

Post # 12
1345 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2013 - Vine Street Church

It sounds like an acneiform rash to me — we see a lot of them in our clinic because it’s a common reaction to targeted cancer therapies. See if you can get some Lidex-E or triamcinolone plus a Medrol dose pak.

Post # 14
9956 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

Hi @Mrs_Amanda:  Mr TTR & I are semi-retired and we travel a lot… and are avid cruisers… so maybe I can answer some of your Questions.

A cruise ship is literally “a city” onto itself… and remarkably self-sufficient.

The majority of the potable water on the ship is self-produced by an on-board Desalinization Plant… where Sea Water is pumped aboard and treated during a process that takes place when the ship is underway… if the ship is in port, then the ship is usually hooked up to a land-based water source (in the same way that someone with an RV or Boat would do when parked at a Campground or Marina)

There are large holding tanks on the Ship as well for potable water, for instances where perhaps the “ashore” water isn’t as reliable as it should be (ie if your cruise goes to a 3rd World Country such as Haiti, chances are good, that while in port the ship will be using water from the Holding Tanks)

Desalinized water is fine… the only downside is some people report that it still seems to have some residual “salt” within it.  This can effect taste, as well as “performance” if you are exposed to it for awhile.

Many Cruise Lovers therefore will try to limit their exposure to the Ship Board water while cruising… Knowing that this is the water that is EVERYWHERE… be it the water for Bathing, Brushing Your Teeth, in the Pools, or used by the Galley for Cooking and Food Prep (ie Coffee, Tea, Juices from Concentrate)

There is nothing “wrong” with this water… just that because it is higher in salt than regular at home tap-water, it can have an effect on your body’s performance… many saying they feel bloated, retain water, get swollen hands or feet etc.

The remedy is to stay hydrated… from the inside out. So many Cruise Pax just decide to use Bottled Water as much as possible… and forego the freely poured ice water with Dinner, and order a Bottle of Evian or Spring Water instead – opt for Fresh Squeezed Juices (usually a surcharge) – and pay the extra for Specialty Teas & Coffees at the Coffee Boutique … which often are made from Bottled Water supplies not Ship Water.

As for Bathing etc… as far as I know the Ship’s inner workings are copper pipes… so the same as home.  In situations where they are Stainless Steel there would be an element of nickel to them, but from what I read with a quick Google there shouldn’t be a whole lot of nickel leaching going on (copper & nickel both perform well for both regular & sea water).

My guess is your body just doesn’t like the extra salt… add in the fact that you probably spent a fair amount of time out in the ocean breeze, and your face would have gotten its fair share of salt.  Salt is a drying element (along with wind).  So it totally possible that your “break out” was a reaction to that.

As with all things “ship related” to salt… a short while ashore / home, and you should be back to normal.

Hope this helps (some)


Post # 16
1345 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2013 - Vine Street Church

@Mrs_Amanda:  Yep, our patients use it on their faces.

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