good question, I always figure (in hotel also) not often enough so I remove the bedspread and place in the closet. I know they wash the sheets so I just make sure the sheets are between me and the blanket. I don't stress about it though because when is the last time you heard of anyone actually getting sick form their blanket!?
Actually, what made me ask was the fact that my husband travels a good bit and said he always removed the bedspreads from the beds, because they are not cleaned as often as they should be sometimes. That got me to wondering about the ones on a ship. Thanks for your reply.
i had a friend return from carnival cruise in september. each time he left the room and returned later the sheets had been changed. he knew this because the sheets were a different color each time. not sure about the bedspreads though.
The only time I ever saw the bedspreads being changed was on the Amsterdam a year ago now. That was one of the ships that was "grounded" after the end of my cruise due to the Norwalk-type virus.
I did not get sick and narrowed down those who did to the following reasons: (a) they were not outside enough (mostly were in the casinos, never saw them at the pool or beaches) and (b) they didn't drink enough wine! It's true - a group of us were at the pool one day and tried to come up with a common denominator and those were our conclusions based on our dinner tables, cabin neighbors, etc. We all had a champagne toast when we figured out the answer and none of us got sick!
They did go through the halls with huge bins of spreads to be washed. The crew worked like dogs to clean everything in sight and never did find the cause of the illness.
So, my advice is - wash your hands often, stay outside as much as possible and DRINK LOTS OF WINE!