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How concerned are you about Norwalk virus if you are taking a cruise soon?

How concerned are you about Norwalk virus if you are taking a cruise soon?

Mar 4th, 2007, 06:57 AM
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Jaipur, sorry to hear about your Westerdam trip. Just to let you know they don't have the problem solved. My wife and daughter got a gastro illness on the Feb. 25 sailing of the Westerdam and it ruined our week (quarantine etc.). Anyone know anything about the Feb. 11 sailing?
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Mar 4th, 2007, 09:55 AM
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Sorry to hear of others getting sick on cruises. I got sick with this virus the night before we got off the ship cruise Serenade of the Seas (Southern Caribbean Jan. 13-20).
As soon as the Dr. could see me the next morning he gave me a shot and immodium which would not be retained. I was sick all the way through customs until we could get home from San Juan to Myrtle Beach. Don't think I have ever been so sick with a virus!! It would make me hesitate to take a cruise soon,but then travel can be interrupted with many things other than this. I did find out from the Dr. I was the 15th person to see him with this during the week.
It is not just cruise ships with the virus,but one of our schools had to close for several days with the same illness.
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Mar 4th, 2007, 10:48 AM
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We did not get sick on the cruise. I was impressed with some things the ship did to prevent illness. First, when we boarded we were asked whether we had had any recent respiratory or intestinal illnesses. There was gel hand antiseptic at entrance to each restaurant and at beginning of buffet lines (not everyone used it, though) and buffets were only limited self-serve.

Boarding tenders to Grand Cayman there was a cruise staff person with antiseptic spray and cloth wiping down handrails from ship to tender. She was there when we left at 7:30 AM and still wiping down railings at 2:45 when we returned - add that to list of jobs I would not want.
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Mar 5th, 2007, 08:12 AM
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Fairleigh Dickinson U in NJ has about 100 students sick with this virus.

There is always a chance of getting infected when you are living in close quarters with many other people.
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Mar 5th, 2007, 01:53 PM
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At first, I foolishly never gave this a second thought because I went on small cruises lines. But I just came back from the Windsurf and they had an outbreak just before we boarded. They put hand sanitizers everywhere and we used them but we do know that some people still succumbed during our cruise. So we know that you need to wash hands and avoid buffets (the Windsurf didn't have too many of those).
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Mar 7th, 2007, 02:50 PM
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There is an article on CNN about staying healthy:

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Mar 7th, 2007, 06:35 PM
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I guess if I worried about this I would never cruise. We were on the Amsterdam to Alaska when it broke out;ssecret is to wash hand repeatedly...before dinner, after dinner, before leaving cabin, after getting back...and keep you hands out of your face, ears, nose,etc. It is a proven fact that most viruses are transmitted by the hands...so go and try to relax...what else can you do. One more thought...eat lightly and do stuff that has a shell, skin, etc. (eggs, bananas, fruit that can be peeled, etc.)
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Mar 7th, 2007, 06:43 PM
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clara, in January you seemed to be concerned.
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Mar 8th, 2007, 05:12 AM
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I think you'd have to be ignorant or in denial not to be concerned. Norovirus is awful, and aside from making you as sick as a dog, it can kill you if you get dehydrated enough (esp. if you have other medical conditions or are elderly or very young). But with the handwashing/sanitizing precautions, using the restroom only in your cabin, etc. you can cut down on your risk. I think there are some people who won't cruise due to this very real threat, and that is their right. No one can tell someone how much risk to take w/their vacation. It's a personal decision.

On our cruise (three more weeks!) I'll be wiping down our cabin w/large antibacterial wipes when we arrive, not using restrooms outside our cabin, not eating in the buffet, etc. As I said above, I was hospitalized w/norovirus, and I know firsthand what it is like. But I am going on a cruise.
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