Norovirus How Concerned Are You Before a Cruise?

If you knew that the previous sailing of your ship had a bad outbreak, would you change your plans?  Twice, this happened to us but we did not change our plans.  We were even more careful of using the sanitizing machines & washing our hands more often.  In neither case did we get sick ourselves.  Has anyone contracted the virus onboard or just after a cruise?

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Happy Happy---Washy---Washy.......never been ill... even on rough seas....

just lucky I guess...

We carry around our own Purel bottles, everywhere.........after all, how many people played that slot machine before you ?

We are in the habit of packing Clorox wipes and Lysol spray in our carry on. As soon as we get to our cabin, we don rubber gloves and wipe every surface....door knobs,light switches, drawers, the TV REMOTE!!!!!! Then we spray the surfaces in the bathroom and shower area.

remove the Clorox wipes from their container and pack them in Zip-Lock bags ( doubled ) for easier packing.

I understand that although the cruise lines like to blame the passengers, often it is crew members who cause an outbreak. I don't know if this is true but it was what I read in a cruising magazine. Gloria

Wash your hands as often as you can

Always good advice GTVCRUISER. Gloria

Some cruise lines do a better job of reminding passengers to wash hands frequently and use the sanitizer machines than other cruise lines do. I am really not sure if use of the sanitizer machines really protects us from the Norovirus. I use them anyway. At least I feel that I am doing something. I wish that I would see kitchen workers wearing plastic gloves moe often.

Thanks John, now I have the “washy, washy” song stuck in my head…Big Smile

Not only would we not change our plans, the thought would never even cross our minds. The fact is everyone has had this many times in their lives and will have it many more; we always just call it the flu. It is infinitely more common in schools, office buildings, hotels, nursing homes and hospitals than it ever is on cruise ships. Cruise lines are required to report illnesses while most other industries are not so they are the ones who make the news. The sanitation efforts we see aboard the ships are amazing and I have no doubt that the cruise lines are truly concerned with the health of their passengers and crew.

Of course the cruise lines don't want the bad publicity that outbreaks of the Norovirus bring. Actually there were only about 8 serious outbreaks in 2014 so far. That's not so bad. I plan on getting my flu shot early in time for my next cruise this fall. So far I have never gotten sick on a cruise. I hope that my luck continues. Thanks for replying. Gloria


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