We got off K yesterday.
The code red did start Thursday morning when we were in St. Thomas. For the first time we all had to use those hand cleaners you put your hands into and then they squirted Purell on you. They also made a few announcements about a low percentage of Noro.
As we were walking on the odd numbered side of deck 1 to get off, there was a mess on the floor and we had to turn around and go another way. A few crew were cleaning and sanitizing.
We spent all the sea day Friday in the area above the Lido pool and I was in the pool 3 or 4 times and the whirlpool once. Husband never got in. Late afternoon we noticed the pool had ropes over it and they had moved all the pool chairs and were cleaning. I was surprised they had not done it later that night until I found out it was a deep clean. I know I was in there about 4:00 and all seemed fine.
Saturday things eased up a bit and we all had a great day at Half Moon Cay. We came back on the last tender and enjoyed sailaway at the back knowing it would be our last bit of warm sunshine for a while. After we went in to shower, my husband said he did not feel well and Noro hit him hard and fast. I called the number they had announced to call and was connected to the medical center which gave him immodium and meclizine. He slept all evening.
Two guys in masks, gloves, and plastic aprons came and wiped down our light switches and door handles and cleaned the bathroom. They put our towels in a large trash bag and tied it up. They were not soiled, just used to dry after showering. I was told to put our luggage out and call immediately when I did because someone different would pick up. The guy game wearing gloves.
We were disembarked the next morning by an officer type person getting us from our room at 6:45 and taking us with 10-15 other cabins to BB Kings where we waited about an hour. Right next to all those lined up for self disembarkation!! I was also surprised that when we were escorted from our cabin, another couple got in our elevator. I thought they were with our sick group, but they went the other way. I was disappointed that the officer did not suggest they not share an elevator with someone quarantined.
Customs came to BB Kings and checked our passports, then we were taken down to A deck and went off the ship the same way we would in a port. It was VERY disorganized there. We all waited outside in 55 degree temps for about 20 minutes while they figured how to pass out our luggage which was right there in the cages they load it onto when we drop off to board the ship. We finally got it and were on our way. It seemed like they had never done this before. I love HAL, but the whole disembarkation was poorly done. And I'm sure my husband wasn't the only one feeling miserable as we waited what seemed forever. He did not go to work today. First day missed in 6 years. That's how bad it hit him. I drove us home yesterday while he slept.
We have laughed several times how I was in and out of the drained pool that day and am fine while he never got in and is sicker than a dog.