Hesitant to Cruise?

Avid (and new) cruisers - has the coronavirus made you at all hesitant to book a new cruise? Have you changed any of your upcoming travel plans based on the news?

30 Answers

I was just on Carnival a couple weeks ago and I'm booked on another cruise in April and looking into a couple more this year.

Before I left on the Carnival cruise one of my brothers called saying "You know a ship has had a coronavirus outbreak?" . I told him I was more likely to be killed in a auto accident on my way to the ship then by the virus on the ship.

I still think of an old Toyota when I hear "Corona" https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Toyota_Corona Dad had one in 1967, he traded it in in 1970 on a Torino, he did not feel safe in anything that small. I know that just aged me...... but Oh well, I have always been a car guy. i can date events in my life by what car or truck I had at the time of an event.

I agree with JusMe. The chances are greater that I will catch something at home than on a ship. On board, the food service areas and people are clean, the public areas are clean, and they try to make sure the passengers are clean.

BTW, I learned to drive in a Ford Pinto. As good motivation as when my dad threw me into a lake to teach me to swim -- do or die!Big Smile

When I lived in Pittsburgh as a kid, our neighbors had one, i think it was a 72 Corona.. At the same time in my life we had a Gold Torino.. my folks owned a few of them. I also seem to place cars with timelines of my life..

And no, I am not afraid to cruise. My husband is a bit worried, but he is the worry wart of the family. I know as long as we wash our hands, use the sanitizer etc.. like we do every day, all will be good.

No hesitations. Over the years there have been virus outbreaks on ships; in fact hubby got sick on 2 of our cruises, but it was something he ate or came in contact with because no one else (including me) got it. I'm a little more cautious when cruising (wiping down everything when we get into the cabin, using hand sanitizer, etc) and will definitely be more diligent in doing so, but have passport and will cruise every chance I get! Happy

Cruises booked. To leave in late April. Unless travel bans are issued then it is a go for us.

Not in the least. We won't be cruising (or any other form of travel) to places that are high risk. We do tend to wear a mask on air planes, but that is recirculated air. I would go on a cruise tomorrow if I lived close enough not to pay air fare!

Not concerned at all, at the moment. I have a Caribbean cruise set for Feb 2021. Should there be an increase worldwide of the virus, then I may reconsider. I am healthy and have not had a flu or serious cold in years. Regular flu shots to protect against local infections have helped. Of course there is concern when illness spreads in such a way, however, I'm not overly concerned about an illness named after a beer.

Nope, leave in April!

No changes in plan and our only concern is that some over enthusiastic cruise employee hears an innocent cough or throat clearing and over reacts. We leave in 18 days and am counting down.

Great discussion topic.

We have 2 booked this year and 4 next. Reservations made well before the new flu bug came out. Only time will tell on whether we alter current plans. Will not book any new reservations as we currently have enough irons in the fire.

Its critical the cruise lines keep not only passengers protected, but crew members who must work with the thousands of passengers over a period of time. If crews become infected - it could sink the cruise industry for a while from a time/talent and public relations perspective. That's why we're seeing their stocks take huge hits, both RCL and Carnival have had huge losses over the past 2 weeks. The market anticipates future revenue and profitability.

On the positive side, once the new flu is better controlled (vaccine), there will be a price opportunity (reduced prices) to passengers to re-invigorate the cruise industry. The industry is making huge investments in large ships and they have to fill them to pay the bills. For those who take those future cruises, watch for reduced services to make up the losses, but lower booking cost. (Just my opinion)

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