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47 Royal Caribbean passengers sick with gastrointestinal bug

Discussion in 'Other' started by Steve, Jan 12, 2018.

  1. Steve

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    I found this interesting...Royal Caribbean spokesman Owen Torres told Fox News the itinerary has been adjusted in the wake of the outbreak and will now return home on Jan. 12, instead of Jan. 10, as initially planned..

    That doesn't normally happen.
     
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    But on a cruise ship you can't get off. You're TRAPPED with 500 other infected people. If you're at a hotel or convention center, you can walk out the door and leave.
     
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    What about the jail that was infected? Stuff happens and most of the time it is because people are slobs and don't wash their hands, put their hands in buffet items instead of using the utensils that are out. I can't tell you how many times on cruise ships that I have seen people use the bathroom and not wash their hands. Its a miracle that this isn't more frequent.

    The point is this happens EVERYWHERE not just on ships.
     
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    I think we all agree with you, Neil, but cruise ships are a very attractive target for the media.
     
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    My wife came down with norovirus last friday night.

    I came down with norovirus on Sunday night. I was completely laid out monday - and most of Tues - and I have lost and maintained the loss of 10 lbs since last sunday.

    I call it the Norovirus Diet - because it is.

    It's truly miserable. But you can catch it lying in your own bed also.
     
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    This is not a justification, Neil, but a "perhaps" explanation. Unlike other venues, ships are not easily "escaped from". I can choose another hotel, leave school, etc. but when I'm on a ship, I really can't make a graceful exit (unless I want to pay for airfare home and abandon the rest of the cruise).

    Whenever I've cruised, I really do feel "stuck" (committed to see it through) ...
     
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    Good point, God forbid you should waste your money and go home just because everyone else is sick. I still maintain that 'eating dirt' like all good horse people do constantly makes you immune to just about anything.
     
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    Totally agree - it is silly the way a cruise ship has an outbreak and the media goes nuts.

    People get on board after lying on the health form because they don't want to be turned away after spending money on the trip. They have already spread it on the flight to the port city and the hotel the night before. They get on board, spread it a little more and feel better the second day of the cruise. Meanwhile, they now infected their cabin attendant, waiter, people who used the menu after them, people who touched the handrail after them, people who used the serving utensils in the buffet after them.

    From there, it spreads.

    I love to cruise. I take precautions though. Wash hands before walking into the dining room. Order, give back menu, wash hands. In the buffet, I wash on entering, fill plate. Hubby and I take turns washing hands while holding down the table,,before eating.

    So far, no Noro.
     
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    Use the freaking dispensers of the hand sanitizers too. NCL chases you with it to
    “Washy washy” and people STILL don’t use it.

    Honestly when I see people who refuse to use the stuff I want to slap them. That’s how noro gets spread.
     
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    A more honest, less sensationalistic lead-in for this story would have been--

    "Hygenic measures prevent more than 98% of passengers and crew aboard The Grandeur of the Seas from contracting gastroenteritis on cruise from Baltimore"
     
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    I have never been on a cruise and had several boughts of stomach viruses.

    I think cruise ships get reported because of the number of people on board and CDC reporting.
    There is not the same mandatory reporting for resorts (as an example).
     
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