Fellow passengers who cough and sneeze during theater shows

What is your advice when you witness fellow passengers coughing or sneezing (and not taking personal hygiene safety precautions) during the middle of theater Theater Production shows?

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26 Answers

Shoot 'em a dirty look! Wink No. I'm just kidding. That's a really good question, especially with Coronavirus making the rounds.

Cruise crud - I move

I think about my hard earned vacation being compromise by someone who is insensitive to the health of others so they can see the show.


I would too however sometimes we are in the middle of the row and are sandwiched on either side.

I would too however sometimes we are in the middle of the row and are sandwiched on either side. Also, I have witnessed coughing and sneezing when the show has already started and there is NO PLACE to move. People either try to ignore that it is happening and hope that it may not affect them.

Often by the time they are coughing they have passed the contagious stage (it’s time before that that when you don’t know they are sick)! So I would probably offer them a cough drop.

I would not suggest that anyone follow that advice especially when talking about my health, and the health of fellow passengers aboard the ship. This is what I found from a medical journal......

When Are You Contagious?

Colds are most contagious two to four days after your symptoms first develop.1 However, the virus can live in your body and spread to others for up to three weeks. That's right, you could spread your cold virus germs even after you feel better. Most colds last for about a week, but it's possible to spread the virus long after that.

How Does a Cold Spread?

Colds are spread through the air and on surfaces. When you are sick, coughing, sneezing and even breathing sends the virus into the air around you and onto every surface (or person) you touch.

Protecting Yourself and Others

Since you can't stop coughing or breathing when you are sick, the only way to avoid spreading your cold is to try to stay away from as many people as possible.

Sneezing and coughing can be caused by allergies and irritants and is not always from actually being ill. Not sure if there is much you can do even if that is not the case other than to leave the show or find another seat. I think staying healthy, drinking plenty of water, and taking echinacea and vitamin C can help with your immune system as well.

Thank you for your reply. Assuming that the person who is coughing or sneezing is "probably" just suffering from allergies and irritants is not wise for us to assume. After all we are talking about our health. I have heard stories of people going on a cruise, getting sick, paying to go to the ships doctor... and the nutshell they spoiled the rest of their vacation because someone else was insensitive to the others around them and they did not want to stay in their room to avoid infecting others. I was hoping in this forum to get advice from others as to what techniques they have used to have the other person remove themselves from the theater (diplomatically) or.... has anyone ever gone to any of the ships staff to seek assistance. Offering a cough drop or assuming they will be OK and we will be fine is not very helpful information.... I started this blog without the knowledge of the Coronavirus plague... Wow what timing! I understand that Royal Caribbean has cancelled some cruises in China..

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