Preventing virus spread serious concern on cruise
|The captain and officers aboard the Crystal Serenity refrained from shaking hands in receiving lines during my September cruise as one of the cruise line's many efforts to prevent the spread of viruses.|
Not only is the flu laying folks low but there's also an intestinal virus and something like Noro virus going around. It's enough to make you stay home.
On my September Mediterranean cruise aboard the Crystal Serenity hand sanitizing was everywhere - as you entered dining areas, as you came back aboard the ship after shore excursions and even at a captain's reception, where a sign reminded us why he wouldn't be shaking hands
We also observed ship's staff constantly cleaning railings, chairs and everything in sight. Gloves were worn not only by food service employees, but also by housekeepers, bartenders and other members of the ship's staff. Each public washroom had a small paper towel dispenser next to the door with a small sign designating a towel be used when opening the door.
Crystal wants to make sure a virus doesn't get started aboard its ships.
I gained a good appreciation for the affects of a Noro virus when, along with about 300 others, I contracted it at a professional conference in Dallas. Within just a few hours we were falling like flies, and the local health department got involved while trying to determine if our severe intestinal distress was related to food poisoning.
The conference was for travel writers and it included a good number of folks 70 and older. Some of them became so dehydrated they needed to be put on IVs. Noro virus was the diagnosis and most of us spent two or three days very close to the bathroom before the virus vanished as quickly as it occurred.
I can only imagine how bad something like this would be on a cruise. Although I was among those complaining of dry hands because of all the sanitizer used during my Mediterranean voyage, applying hand lotion was certainly less of a problem than a Noro virus would have been.