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Old January 7th, 2013, 01:27 PM
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Default Norovirus and ship sanitation

I am just back from a 7 day cruise to Florida and the Bahamas and it was quite apparent that there were a significant number of passengers that came down with norovirus symptoms. During his twice a day address to cruisers the captain talked about increased steps being taken, by crew, to sanitize areas. He would also remind us all that hand washing and sanitizing was of utmost importance. Asked later, at his talk, he said that increased measures go into effect when 1.5% of passengers are sick and that he had informed CDC. That being said I still witnessed people leaving bathrooms without washing hands and people filling personal water bottles - sometimes full contact- at water and juice stations (crew were vigilante but could not catch everyone). I'm beginning to think that perhaps passengers need to sign a document (similar to the health questionnaire that we all fill in before boarding ship) saying that they will be vigilante in regards to washing/sanitizing hands and not filling personal water bottles. I know you cannot force people but I believe that this would at least make them think about it.
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Old January 7th, 2013, 05:35 PM
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Wash your hands people!

While cruising I always have a small bottle of hand sanitizer in my pocket to keep myself as safe as I can.
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Old January 7th, 2013, 06:43 PM
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When 2% of the passengers and or crew contract a contagious sickness the ship goes into a red alert state.
I'm a hand washing fool on board!
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Old January 7th, 2013, 11:28 PM
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I was on the HAL Amsterdam a few years ago and the virus hit the ship. The crew was outstanding. They banned salt and pepper shakers from tables, bread baskets, even hand shaking at the Captain's party, all buffets were served by crew in gloves, not passengers helping themselves. All bedspreads were removed, brass railings were sanitized constantly, hand sanitizers everywhere, etc.

Our dinner table started with 8 and ended up with 4. We "survivors" noticed that the people who did get sick had some things in common:

We never saw them at the pool or at a beach....they did not seem to be outside very much.
They spent a lot of time in the casino (imagine the germs on those tokens!)
They didn't drink enough good wine.

So, wash your hands, stay away from the casino and drink good wine!
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Old January 8th, 2013, 12:05 AM
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I agree with Belgique

so just let me have all those germy

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Old January 8th, 2013, 11:43 AM
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My preference is to use Purell .
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