With headlines like that why would you travel on a cruise line?
We have taken several cruise trips and are taking a cruise from Alaska to Vancouver soon. I have been impressed with the attention to food safety on cruise lines. But remember you are at risk as the quarters are close.
Norovirus is the most common contagion on a cruise ship. Unfortunately Norovirus may be resistant to hand sanitizers. Doubly unfortunate is we now know it can be spread not only by food or touch but can be airborne. We know that Norovirus can travel up to 1 meter or about 1 yard in the air.
What can you do to reduce your risk?
- Wash your hands frequently. Remember everything you touch has been touched by someone else. That person could have been sick. Don’t touch railings, door nobs, etc unless you need to. Wash your hands before you eat.
- When selecting food from the buffet, be cautious about foods that are exposed without a shield or can easily be handled by the passengers.
- Don’t eat it if it isn’t properly cooked.
- Avoid risky foods that are at room temperature for hours.
- If you see a staff member who appears sick, report them to the cruise supervisor. I did this on a cruise in the Pacific Ocean. Who knows how many people I saved from getting sick.
- If you see a fellow passenger who is sick avoid them and if you are really concerned report them. They don’t have a right to get anyone else sick.
- If you get sick be honest and isolate yourself, follow the cruise line directions and don’t contaminate someone else.
Just be conscientious. Don’t be afraid. Just be cautious and have fun.