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?

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If it wasn't for the fact that I've been taking my two grandkids by myself, I don't think I would be worried at all. I'm definitely still taking the 9 day Canada and New England from our local port, but I'm seriously thinking of switching out the Transatlantic one to Europe. I was thinking it might be a bit difficult to begin with but I'm seriously thinking a Bahamas/Florida one with perfect day private island is a better option now for the kids. Will put the Transatlantic one on the back burner til they are a bit older and this current pandemic/epidemic is resolved.

Oh so true

Yep

Nope, but I did speak with my doctor before the cruise to see what precautions I should take.

I was thinking of packing some disposable plastic gloves for in the buffet so I do not touch the serving utensil handles. You know the 100 gloves in a pack at the 99 cent store (I only shop at the finest establishments) Big Smile

A lot of places are sold out. If you don't already have them, you better start looking.Big Smile

Here my take on the whole situation...

You may of already been exposed, had the virus and are clear of it or will come down with it in a mild form. The reason being, as of tonight, is there are about 160 confirmed by testing in the USA out of just under 2,000 high risk persons tested. High risk meaning those that were evacuated from the Diamond Princess, those that came home on special charters from China, those that have been treating infected patients, immediate household members of the infected, and persons that are ill (thinking it's a different cause) but not responding as expected to treatment.

In our area, the NY tri-state, in the last 72 hours one person, a lawyer, whom did not travel to a hot zone country but may of came in contact with persons that may of, was diagnosed with Coronavirus after initially being treated for a generalized upper respiratory infection. Prior to feeling ill and after receiving treatment on the misdiagnosis he went to work traveling using mass transit to Grand Central station, attended religious services, and interacted with his community in general, basically conducting his life as normal. He in turn infected 3 out of 5 other people in his household (including a school aged child), the man that drove him to the hospital, and just reported at least 1 neighboring family of 5. The NY state department of health’s response to this is plans to test a couple of friends of his college age child and the 80 employees at his office, with the recommendation that these persons, members of his congregation and clients of the law firm self-quarantine for the next 14 days. The schools and the college his children attend have decided on their own to close for at least the next few days to see where things go. But where does that leave the commuters that shared trains with him, other neighbors, employees at businesses he frequented, and the people these people are in contact with.

Until it reasonable to have everyone tested for the virus or an effective vaccine is developed (and administered to the majority), you just don't know your exposure risk level at any given moment. There's no guarantee that these self-quarantines around the USA (and other low case count countries) won't soon become enforced quarantines, like heavily infected countries are doing, as more community transmission cases are found, possibly even quarantining entire developments or generalized areas. SO the only difference with going on a cruise is that foreign port can deny disembarkation or dockage leaving you having an extra seaday or 2, or you could wind-up once back at a homeport being put in an enforced quarantine at the nearest location available (apparently they did learn with the Diamond Princess keeping people on board was a bad idea).

Got them, they were in stock.Big Smile

If I could I would book another cruise and sail out today, but alas the "WORK virus" has me and I have to stay. Well at least until I have vacation time built back up. I am not too concerned about COVID-19. People are being psyched out by all the hype and misinformation (especially on FB). Coronavirus has been around a long time, much like the Flu. Yes this is a new strain of the virus, much like there are always new strains of Flu.

I am in the healthcare profession, a paramedic, and I am more likely to catch something while at work than on a cruise. Yes people do get sick on cruises, flights, trains, etc. Think about it, 3000 guest, and roughly 1000 employees are being squeezed into this floating city. The minute you come off the gangway, you have been exposed to something. Most of us are healthy enough that this wont matter. Then simply hygene and covering your mouth/nose when you sneeze/cough will help protect you and others. BTW, I have had to pick myself off the ground many times growing up for not covering my nose/mouth when coughing/sneezing. If you are already feeling bad or sick before the cruise, don't go (or they may turn you away at the port before embarkation). They are increasing their screenings prior to even getting on the ship.

Well enough of my soapbox, I know everyone has already heard or read this. Back to the initial question, no I am not hesitant to cruise right now. If I didn't have to work, I would be on a ship right now.

Yes, but only because of travel bans and such now. I'm still looking for options for next year.

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