Posted June 29th, 2009, 06:10 AM
Last edited by beachchick; June 29th, 2009 at 06:13 AM
Since this post interests me, hope you don't mind me "bugging" in. So my take is if you don't visit the ship's doctor, you won't be quarantined? Or are you obliged to let the doc know you might have NOVO????
Ethically, passengers are obliged to visit the ship's doctor if you believe you might have Noro or one of the other major intestinal illnesses or if they believe you might have the flu (H1N1 or otherwise). To not do so and continue to expose other passengers and crew, including the cabin steward who will be attending to several cabins and easily passing along whatever it is they have, is wrong on so many levels. Some people brag about getting Noro or the flu, not seeing the doctor, and continuing to go all over the ship--some even say they don't care if everyone else onboard becomes ill later because "I paid a lot of money; it's my vacation; nothing is going to stop me from doing what I want" and so on. The ultimate in selfishness and "me, me, me" that seems to be in abundance these days.
OTOH, those with serious intestinal symptoms will likely need to see the ship's doctor for treatment regardless. Dehydration is no joke and OTC meds only do so much to stop symptoms. As well, it would be virtually impossible to hide the resulting, um, output and aromas from the cabin steward, who is obligated to report his/her suspicions--and who may end up quarantined too. Other passengers could also mention something to an officer or the passenger services desk.
If there is a reasonable suspicion that you have one of the quarantine illnesses (and Noro, et al are pretty hard to hide, as well as the high fever that almost always goes along with any flu), the captain can order you to go see the ship's doctor or be put off the ship at the next port. The captain is responsible for the health and well being of all onboard and is the absolute "last word" on things like this.
It certainly would be awful to be that ill, especially on vacation, but the cruise lines seem to be dealing with it well overall. The only real issue can be when people overindulge (food or drink) or eat unusual foods (onboard or ashore) that don't agree with them and end up with short-term "yuck." I wouldn't instantly report a single "episode," but if it continued and was obviously not
from food, drink, or other external sources, I'd visit the ship's doctor even though I'd know a quarantine would be heading my way. Besides, most people with Noro are so ill that they can do little more than stay in their cabin and be miserable. Might as well be honest about it, get quarantined, protect others, receive specially designed room service, complimentary movies/sodas/bottled water, and often a cruise credit to ease the pain of missing 2 or more days of a cruise.