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There is a recent article about the newest cruise line heading to Cuba has a bit of an issue with a bug of some kind affecting travellers. Now certain sites blame the cruise line entirely for any outbreak, while some other site blame the passengers for being dirty and ill. I have never been ill on a cruise or holiday ever, But I would like to hear from other travellers as to what they believe is the cause of illness aboard ships.

Heavens knows we hear a lot about it from third or fourth hand news stories.



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I live in the east coast of Canada and we just had a ship come into port yesterday called the Ballmoral (please excuse my misspelling) and they had 250 passengers with Gastro intestinal disease.  In fact 7 passengers were confined to their cabins.  Does not sound like much of a holiday to me and I do not believe it to be a dirty person disease

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Cruise passengers getting sick always seems to be blamed on noro-virus. The cruise lines always point to passengers and improper hygiene and there was one recent case where it was blamed on something picked up on shore in San Juan.  I strongly suspect that half or better of the cases can be traced back to food born bacteria as a result of poor handling or storage on the ship. Interestingly I have noted lately that some lines tend to have more of a problem that other lines which tends to corroborate that. For example the best record for not reporting noro is Carnival while the worst is a sister cruise lines, Princess. The fact that one cruise lines sees several cases each year while another goes years without any cases points directly to food handling and management.

Just my observation and 2 cents ... and of course in these days with inflation, taxes and exchange rate my 2 cents CDN does not buy much

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As a fellow Canadian, our 1.54 cents buys very little  Sad

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I have been on ships where there was a cold going around and lots of passengers around the ships sneezing and runny noses.   I have been lucky and never got Noro on a ship.  


I think a lot of ship born illness is due to being in tight quarters and not taking time to take care of yourself by washing hands after touching surfaces.  One sick person can spread a cold or noro to a large area of the ships hand railings, elevator buttons exct...  I pack some Lysol wipes with me and give my cabin a quick wipe of all the areas I will be touching,  door nobs, tv remote, light switches,  pulls and counter tops.   not sure if it helps,  but I feel better about the cabin being clean.  Better safe then praying to the oval g-d.

I've never been sick on a cruise before, but I hear and read the horror stories. I don't get colds or the flu no matter how many people sneeze or cough around me. I never have. However, bacteria from peoples hands---I don't test my fate... I carry hand sanitizer with me everywhere I go on the ship, Only use the knuckles of my fingers to press elevator buttons, and don't hold onto railings when going up and down steps. Now, don't get me wrong, If the ship were to buck while going up or down steps, I will grab the railing but once everything is ok, I will re apply the hand sanitizer and carry on. LOL   

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laytonblue09..... You sound EXACTLY like me. Right down to the knuckles on the elevator. Also, after I touch all the tongs, serving spoons etc.  on the buffet I reapply hand sanitizer. 


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