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tanmom November 2nd, 2011 02:36 PM

Own Utensils?
I don't know if it's been addressed here before, but someone told me to avoid ice cubes and to bring your own utensils when on ship... is that true? will that really help to avoid getting sick?

colorcrazie November 2nd, 2011 03:08 PM

I have never seen or heard of this being done. The water on board is at least as safe as at home. And their utensils are cleaned and sanitized very well. You are far more likely to pick up a bug from handrails or grocery shopping in your own town. Just wash your hands routinely on board the ship. Regular soap is fine, but wash long enough to sing Happy Birthday under your breath. No, the soap isn't aging, it's just an easy way to time it. The hand sanitizers are a good addition, but even they won't kill viruses the way old fashioned hand washing does.

Trip November 2nd, 2011 03:46 PM

I have never heard of anyone bringing their own utensils, and, I can only imagine the look of the waiter, and, other diners, when the waiter would be asked to remove the knives forks,and spoons.

There are hand sanitizers all around, and, regular hand washing is most important of course. Anything other than that would be overkill to my mind.

johnthed0g November 2nd, 2011 04:37 PM

I did a thread a while ago where some people do not trust the water on ships, even the stuff you boil in a kettle....crazy I thought! You stand MUCH more chance of catching something from a handrail....wash wash wash!

Lakers Fan November 2nd, 2011 09:25 PM

I bring my own pens .

johnthed0g November 3rd, 2011 08:30 AM


Originally Posted by Henry43 (Post 1399800)
I bring my own pens .

You joke but I chuckle when a ''Noro lockdown'' occurs & we can't touch anything, but when you get a drink the waiter gives you his pen that everyone else has touched!!

LisaK November 3rd, 2011 09:07 AM

actually i would think that the utensils brought from home would have more germs on them then the ones you get on the ship, think about that can you sanitize them in your cabin after you use them? I think that the information you got might refer to the islands, and yes avoiding ice cubes and tap water is probably not a bad idea if you get something from a local vendor

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