• On Dec 23, 2019
    David from NM Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

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    Hi! We’re going on a cruise in early January to Cozumel and Grand Cayman. Do I need to be worried about sand fleas or sea lice?

    Ahoy David!

    Welcome aboard the Disney Parks Moms Panel.  There is no better way to kick off the new year than sailing the high seas with Captain Mickey!  I am thrilled for you to enjoy all of the magic included on your voyage to Cozumel and Grand Cayman.

    In my experience, I have not encountered sand fleas or sea lice in either of these two ports.  We sailed in late summer to both of these locations.  I did a little digging and from what I found, sand fleas and sea lice are not prevalent in these areas, but can be found at times during late spring and early summer throughout the Caribbean.

    There are a few things you can do to prevent bites from these two types of beach bums during your vacation.  Check with your Port Adventures guide to determine if any warnings have been issued for these pests at any of the locations that you are visiting.  There are also sun screens and lotions that contain a sea lice repellant that you can purchase online or in drug stores near the port.  Wearing swim shirts or rash guards to cover more of your skin during water and sand activities can also help to prevent them from biting your skin.  Also, don't forget to rinse off under a shower when possible immediately after you are done with your water activities.

    I hope I've steered you in the right direction to prevent any bites from getting in the way of your epic vacation!  Cruise back to the Disney Parks Moms Panel if you have any additional questions before you set sail.

    "Sea" ya real soon!  Angie 
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Meet the Panelist: Angie, Minnesota

Hello there Castaways! I have followed the adventures of mermaids and pirates alike since I was a young princess myself.  Disney and the sea are two of my passions.  My husband and I, along with our two little adventurers, love traveling the world sailing on Disney Cruise Line.  Let's work together to chart a course to a vacation that you will remember for a lifetime! Learn More About Angie

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