How clean are the cabins ?

and how can I protect myself from norovirus ?

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I always pack some Lysol wipes and wipe down any areas of the cabin I will touch,  door knobs, closet and desk pulls,  light switches,  Safe,  TV remote bathroom counter tops and bed side table top.  it only takes a couple minutes when before I unpack and then I know it's clean.

I have a weak immune system and I plan on taking bleach wipes to all the hard surfaces of the cabin and bathroom. I also packed the travel sized bottles of sanitizer with a belt loop attachment to keep on me at all times. I'm going to do my best to avoid the buffets because the increased number of people who access them increases the odds of catching something. It's a bit more time consuming but I can't risk it. 

I wipe down surfaces like the door knobs, remote control, light switches... with Clorox wipes, and always use the little wipes to open the public washroom doors on the ship. I also carry hand sanitizer and wash my hands a lot. If in doubt about the cleanliness of buffet serving utensils, ask the attendants for clean ones.

I agree with everyone above regarding wiping down the room immediately on arrival and carrying hand sanitizer on my belt.  Any time I that I touch a railing or door handle I’ll use the sanitizer.  

 

Frequent hand washing is also key.  

 

I try to select food that I can eat with utensils rather than with my hands.  And choose to eat most meals in the main dining room rather than the buffet.

 

Thank you for the tips

I agree with what was said above, but also on one of those TV shows where they investigated the germs in hotels, they had another tip that I've started doing. To prevent setting your stuff on the bathroom counter at all, lay a hand towel down and set everything on there. That way if your wipes miss some germs or the room steward brings more in, the towel will be the barrier. 

Unlike the others above, I don't go germaphobic on board. I trust the steward to keep the room clean, and don't worry too much about the germs on the rest of the ship.

I do wash my hands and also use the sanitizer before eating, but that's about it.

I haven't gotten sick on a cruise yet.

(I do use the handtowel on the bathroom counter)

Yep .. same here

Well, like I said above, I'm immunocompromised so I can't mess around. "Normal" people don't have to go to my lengths to protect myself. But it doesn't hurt, either. 😉

Rereading my post, it seems I was unintentionally insensitive -- not my intention.

I will stand by my post, though, believing a ship is quite a bit cleaner than a trip to a local hotel or mall.

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