Has anyone changed plans due to the recent findings on the zika virus?

My wife and I were booked for a 10 day cruise to the Caribbean for Jan 2017 but due to the recent studies of the zika virus that show that it is much more of a concern than initially thought my wife wanted to change our cruise venue. We live in Waterloo Ontario where there is no chance of the virus and all of the Caribbean islands have reported cases with the exception of Bermuda. I guess it being isolated on its own as it is the virus has not migrated there. Initially I was a bit disappointed looking forward to being in the Caribbean again but I can understand her concerns since recently a number of studies are now showing that the virus attacks brain cells and has been linked to a number of neurological disorders. So I made the call tonight to cancel our 10 day Caribbean for an 2017 and instead booked a 7 day Bermuda for May 2017. I guess the only real down side is a few days less and now have to wait an extra three months. But I digress. Has anyone else altered or changed plans because of this?



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Well, I know you will enjoy Bermuda. We will be there in June 2017. I am not concerned for myself with this virus, as there is something about me that mosquitos do not like at all.

Monique,... well that's another story, we keep the mosquito repellant gizmos and sprays around just for her.

I won't be changing any plans for the short term, we are discussing another Panama in the near future so when we decide, we will address those concerns.

In Bermuda, as soon as you dock, buy a bus and boat pass at the kiosk on shore, you should have 3 days travel all over and around the Island for about 30 bucks.

Go to Goslings store in Hamilton. lots to see.

Are you taking the NCL Dawn?

Thanks much John. Unfortunately no we will be on the Breakaway. My preference would be the Dawn as we really like her (just did the Boston to NO repo last fall) or the Gem but the way things went it ended up on the Breakaway. Time to see what I think of the bigger ships I guess.


Looking forward to reading your review. My son wants to try the Breakaway, we might to if we want to sail out of New York.

An FYI John, my wife ust came across this post on "the other board"

If you are going to Bermuda this year on Breakaway be aware that you will be paying more and have less flexibly using the local transport this year. They plan to sell only One Day Transportation Passes, no tokens or two or three day passes for the ferrys and buses. Their intention is to force cruise passengers to use expensive taxis and other private services. One of the reasons I have booked Bermuda cruises is the convenient transportation system. If they the persist in this unfriendly policy of not selling two and three day passes at the Dockyard I won't be booking any more cruises to Royal Naval Dockyard. I suggest that if you have Bermuda booked bring some rolls of quarters as paying exact change will be a way not to be forced to buy a separate $19 one day pass for each day or use to use taxis.

In the article below they mention they are testing the policy on the Breakaway's first sailing.


I have been made aware of the situation. I do not like it and I posted on another post about it. In the interim I did phone my sister.. She was born in Bermuda and as a native of the island, we can get a few perks. So, we are going to call a friend we met at the church where my parents were married and we can get a resident pass. Once I get the details I will share.

We spent a month in Central America (Feb-Mar) this year. We did not change our cruise plans because of the outbreak, mostly related to not being at high risk.

If you are of childbearing age and not taking measures to prevent pregnancy, the zika virus is a major health concern. However, for most people it poses an inconvenience similar to a flu.

We brought insect repellent when we took excursions.

If you wish to read up more about zika, the CDC website has a lot of information.

It was first thought that only child bearing aged women needed to worry however a number of recent studies have discovered that the virus actually attacks brain cells and has now been linked to several neurological disorders.

I have 3 cruises booked for Mexico , I will use a lot of bug spray

Ah, so you'll be leaving from NY. The best thing about the Breakaway is the Thalossatherapy Spa & Thermal suite. We've been on her twice, once to Bermuda. Sadly she is waaaaay too large to dock in Hamilton so take the bus. On Wednesday nite there is a street fair on Front street. Check if it will be available when you are there.

enjoy the cruise

i meant the thermal suite is one of the best at sea. There are plenty of good things about the ship. Oh, avoid the Ice Bar. I have been told it's not worth the cost.

Thanks BAK


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