The cruise world went through all kinds of gyrations because of H1N1 - especially when Napolitano said it was dangerous, Joe Biden said he wpuldn't get on a plane, etc.
Now, there have been NO new cases of H1N1 reported in the US in the last 4 weeks.
The European Nations are investigating the drug companies to see if they "over-hyped" it.
For example, France bought 60,000,000 doses and so far only 5,000,000 have been requested by their citizens. Those vaccine doses cost a lot apiece, and the govt of France spent billions of dollars.
Now that the threat is over the vaccine is useless.
Now - some could argue that it went away because so many people were vaccinated, but France shows that only between 5 - 10% of the population got dosed. The same is true is other countries.
Germany is especially irate about it. They feel they were duped. The 40-nation European council is holding hearings on this.
I felt all along the media was really over-hyping it, and the government didn't help. I know, "better safe that sorry," but as the German Health Minister said... "Sars, Avian Flu, etc... they have all been over-hyped. Why don't we learn from history?"
That was exactly what I was thinking all along.
What do you think? Cruises to Mexico are still a bargain, just because. Go to Mexico and have a fun cruise. I did it in January.
I am the editor, but I also speculate, ask questions and play devil's advocate. I reserve the right to change my mind.
That is my defination of kids..20 somthings...Dosent matter if the younger ones are with adults or not..Some or most adults and parents let there kids roam the ship by themselves anyhow..and some are routy also.
Even during Spring Break times(Mid-March to Mid-April), you can avoid Spring Break Crowds. Most Spring Breakers will be on Royal Caribbean or NCL(due to age policies) if they cruise, and there is no way to know how crowded ports are. Carnival may have some spring breakers sailing with family, but Royal Caribbean and NCL will have far more as they will accept 21 and over where Carnival accepts 25 or over. If you want a little more quiet, you may wish to consider Celebrity, as they seem to be cheaper than Royal Caribbean most of the time, for some odd reason. In any case, during Spring Break times, you should still be ok to go on most cruises as most lines do keep the problems to a minimum after some incidents years ago.
To clarify, you do not have to be 25 to sail on Carnival. But, if you are under 21, then you must be booked in a cabin with someone 25 or older. It does keep hordes of underage partiers from turning the ship into a frat party.