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Old March 1st, 2005, 06:29 PM
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My two sisters and I are taking our 80 year old mother on the Golden Princess on March 6. What kind of suggestions do you all have on avoiding getting ill on the boat -- and I don't mean from seasickness. My major concern is with my mom. Of course we'll wash hands and use a waterless hand cleaner as necessary, but there must be more ways to avoid illness that you seasoned travelers have learned. Can't wait to hear from you.
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WE always pack and use Purell hand sanitizer, so far it has helped us not get any sickness, they say you get most germs from your hands and to wash them regularly. We noticed on our last cruise on Jewel they had dispensers of hand santizer at the entrance of the Windjammer, I thought that was a great idea.

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Old March 1st, 2005, 08:24 PM
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I try to minimize the amount I touch the handrails, door handles, etc.; use my own utensils in the buffet, rather than the ones everyone else is using, wash hands often. So far, so good!
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we always drink Airborne every morning. It was developed by a school teacher who got tired of all the kids infecting her. I always use it in crowded or stressful situations. It tastes good and boy does it work, even if you feel something coming on you can knock it right out with the Airborne, I should be their spokes person lol
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i would suggest that your mother get a flu shot if she hasn't done so already.
Drink more orange juice, take your vitamins, get plenty of rest (yes take a nap on the ship) don't over do it. We take Purell hand sanitizer, use common sense.
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Old March 2nd, 2005, 05:35 PM
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I always bring clorox handy wipes. The kind that pop out of the container. I wipe down everything in the room. Telephone,t.v.door knobs, drawer handles. Anything you can think of.
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I work as a police officer and for some reason people always sneeze and then reach for their license, ( i probally know why. lol) Anyways, I have a big bottle of hand sanitizer in my car as well as water and juices are a huge part of my fluid intake. I have avoided getting sick all winter, everyone else in the department has been sick so it has worked, I have however developed a sniffle and I leave in 10 days for my cruise go figure, but I have sick days to burn and I am doing all the steps I just mentioned. Anyways good luck and have fun, also avoid smokey areas, I have noticed that people seem to get sick easier when they aren't breathing the best air.

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Always wash your hands before you eat. Stay away from the salad bar--,. There will still be PLENTY to eat stick with more of the cooked prepared foods.
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One thing I noticed on my cruise and I thought was a great idea were people that never touched the door handle to get in or out of the public restrooms on the ship.

Instead they tapped the little blue button with the handicapped/wheelchair symbol on it for the restroom door to open automatically. And they didn't use their fingers to press the button, they tapped it with their arm or the back of their hand.

Lots of people don't wash their hands when they use the restroom.
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I take herbs such as Cat's Claw and Echinacea & Golden seal,and odorless Garlic, also extra C 1000mg's and zinc. Cold eze drops really help if you use as directed for colds. Airborne is wonderful, I take a bottle of water and drop it in. I work in a bar and yes smoke lowers your immune system so does stress and lack of sleep. Im thinking of bringing those disinfectant with bleach, wipes for door knobs in public rooms. I have a prescription for Cipro incase I get Montezumas Revenge. If food doesn't taste right don't eat it! My friend got food poisening from a chineese buffet but this was not on a cruise it was in a mall. Eating cooked foods in ports rather then fruit, veggies. Don't drink drinks with ice in them on certain ports where the local water is questionable. Get plenty of rest, lack of sleep affects immune system. Exercise helps to de stress the body also. My friends use an air sanitizing spray in hotels and on cruise ships and spray down everything. More people should stay home when they are sick or not take sick kids out, sometimes you have to do stuff but many times people just don't care. When someone gets sick at work and comes in it goes around and around. When I get sick Im considerate and stay home till I feel better. My friend works with kids and people drop them off at the center with flu and fever and again everyone else has to suffer because they don't want to miss a day of work to take care of them. I hate when people don't wipe toilet seats or flush also. And some people cough without covering their mouth drives me nuts.
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plenty of hand washing. I must add, on my first cruise, I have never washed my hands so much in my life. At all the restaurants and plenty of stops throughout the ship were these sanitizing hand washing poles. Everytime I passed one of them , I would wash my hands. It became a habit with me and i never got sick once.
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I would avoid public restrooms as much as you can and avoid touching handrails, door knobs and etc. My daughter caught the disease when we were on the Monarch and the doctor said to do these things plus wash, wash and wash your hands.

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We are back from our cruise and no one that I heard about got ill. We used our Purell quite often when out in public places. We were impressed with the Golden Princess offering the hand sanitizers at the beginning of the buffet lines and had signs in the restrooms requesting that you wash your hands for 20 seconds. What we found interesting was one night my sister, who had an upper respiratory infection, didn't join us for dinner and when we were seated at our table by our maitre'd he inquired about her whereabouts. When we told him she wasn't feeling well, he asked if it was okay for him to ask what was wrong with her. So we told him and he said he had to ask, because if it had anything to do with the food he needed to be informed about it. We understood where he was coming from. The next night he welcomed her back with his charm.... Oh, we sisters miss the waiters, wine steward and maitre'd...... Is there any way to train a husband of 27 years to pull out the chair for me on a nightly basis and lay my napkins on my lap????
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Wash your hands, use the Purell anytime you are going to eat or drink. And I do remember reading somewhere about a year or so ago that one glass of wine a day could actually help with killing any Norovirus bacteria you ingest. Not sure how valid it is, could be just a rumor to sell more wine on board.

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I bring clorox wipes with me. As soon as I get to our cabin I wipe everything down. Think of every surface the prior guests could have touched: phone, refridgerator, door handles etc. I also never use the public restrooms on the ship. I also try to avoid touching handrails.
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Taking acidophilus (sp?) in gel cap form for 2 weeks prior to departure is very beneficial in preparing your gastro system for any unwanted illness. I have done this before traveling to many underdeveloped countries and have always escaped illness. Acidophilus is a good, live bacteria that is found in non-frozen yogurt. You can find this at health food stores. The refridgerated type is more effective than the non-refridgerated type. I take them during vacation and up to 2 weeks of returning home. Also eating yogurt daily is very good but acidophilus is a more concentrated form.
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Don't forget the TV remote control. On TV they said it is probably the most bacteria-laden item in the room as people forget to wipe it down, yet everyone handles it.

Nice to know I'm not the only 'anal' person in the world!
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Great to take someone 80 on a ship!

Here's the deal; those anti-bacterial lotions do little unless you rinse the product away. Pathogens that cause infection remain in the gel and you do little to make them go away. Wash your hands frequently in hot water and towel dry with paper or use the blowers.

Also, be careful giving anything herbal to someone that age. A cruise is not the place to be playing poly-pharmacy with someone who is most likely taking other meds. Some herbal products can increase blood levels of Rx meds 50% or more. That's not worth the risk. I see this daily in my career, let's just leave it at that.

Finally, pace yourself and the senior citizen as well. Make sure your food is cooked, or adequately chilled. Buffet food that has been handled or left exposed over time can be dangerous.

Talk to her doctor about any concerns.

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Avoid the buffet as much as possible, except for breakfast. It is usually safe. The grilled sandwiches and deli sandwiches are made while you wait but avoid the salads with mayo.

You can get small bottles of hand sanitizers that clip on your belt or bag.

Use your elbows to punch elevator buttons.

Wash hands often.

Vitamin C and Zinc are great as well.

Rest a lot.

Take a wrap or sweater. Dining rooms and theaters get very chilly.

Take an umbrella for shore excursions to shade your mom.

Last but not least: Congratulations for taking your mother with you. Cherish her while you still have her with you and make sure you tell her how much you love her every day. I don't have my mom around any longer and miss her every day.
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always get the flu shot, bring alot of vitcamis and the woist wipes
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If flying, wear a mask. On our flight to Orlando there was a kid behind me that kept coughing. I ended up being hospitalized with pneumonia when we got back from our cruise.
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One more suggestion

Don't touch the handle of the outer door to the restroom with your bare hands as you leave, especially if it is the type you have to pull open. If it is the kind you can push open, use your arm or the back of your hand to do it.

Save the paper towel you used to dry your hands, and wrap that around the door handle. If there are only hot air dryers, use just your "pinkie" finger to pull the door open. Most of us don't use the "pinkie" as much as the thumb and the other fingers.

Remember there are always those few who don't wash their hands after using the toilet. EEW !!!

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ps. I also save those packaged hand towelettes that are given out in many casinos. I always carry a few in my purse.
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Becky,

My two sisters and I are taking our 80 year old mother on the Golden Princess on March 6. What kind of suggestions do you all have on avoiding getting ill on the boat -- and I don't mean from seasickness. My major concern is with my mom. Of course we'll wash hands and use a waterless hand cleaner as necessary, but there must be more ways to avoid illness that you seasoned travelers have learned. Can't wait to hear from you.

Your post sure found a LOT of paranoia! In reality, you should not have any problem with illness if you just follow the practices that you normally follow in restaruants and other public places ashore.

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I agree, it's GREAT to take your mother on a cruise! My sister and I took my mom a few years ago before she passed away, and it's one of the best memories we have....

And yes! Make sure she has a flu shot, there is also a pneumonia vaccination available which may not be a bad idea. And yes, some places in the ship get VERY cold so always have a sweater with her. And naps are always a good idea!

Enjoy, and be sure to take plenty of pictures!
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If your kids goto Kids Club after dinner I don't think that shouldn't be a problem.
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My two sisters and I are taking our 80 year old mother on the Golden Princess on March 6. What kind of suggestions do you all have on avoiding getting ill on the boat -- and I don't mean from seasickness. My major concern is with my mom. Of course we'll wash hands and use a waterless hand cleaner as necessary, but there must be more ways to avoid illness that you seasoned travelers have learned. Can't wait to hear from you.
In addition to all the advice hopefully you did get travel insurance.
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Wow! My post is still getting replies! I had such a good time last year with my sisters and mom, that my husband booked the same cruise for our family and gave it to us for Christmas! So I get to go again! But this year I'll be worried about my kids 12 and 15, keeping their hands clean But I got experience under my belt and the great advice of many cruisemate members. Thank you
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dietary supplement call colostrum it helps your immune system
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