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Coronavirus- Could it be an issue for my Caribbean cruise?

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I know there have been no cases of it anywhere near where I am going, but I still am slightly nervous about it getting cancelled If Coronavirus could somehow get to that point in the Caribbean. The cruise I’m booked for is out of San Juan and has 5 stops in the lesser Antilles, and it sails out on April 4th, 2020. I’m also from NJ, and in the USA there have been 15 cases but it’s rising up slowly for the last few weeks it’s more like one case a day, nothing at all like China.  If anyone has knowledge with that or how all this works, let me know. I honestly doubt it could get cancelled but I don’t know. 

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I agree with @Cruise Raider, the chances of your cruise being cancelled are minuscule. You probably stand a greater chance of missing the cruise because of coming down with the flu or falling and breaking a leg.

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You cruise mostly like will not be cancelled over coronavirus.

 

We are heading out from Port Everglades on 21 Feb and not worrying about cancellations or catching this dangerous virus.

 

We will take precautions.  Reason, of course, is you don't know where your fellow passengers have traveled.  While cruise lines are looking at passports and asking if passengers have been to China in the last several months, that doesn't tell you if those people have come into contact with people who have been to China.  This virus now appears to have a 24-day incubation period.

 

Best guidance to follow is to limit physical contact with other passengers.  Don't shake hands - which is a standard shipboard preventive for norovirus.  Wipe down the surfaces in your cabin with a disinfectant.  Sneeze or cough into your handkerchief, tissue or elbow.  Wash hands frequently, especially before going into dining areas or the theater.  Simple stuff.

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I agree with Cruise Raider, slim to no chance your cruise would be cancelled for corona virus.  You are well beyond final payment and into a 75% penalty to cancel.

If on the extremely slim chance your cruise would be cancelled you would get a refund, if you cancel now you lose 75%. 

Relax and enjoy your cruise.

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While none of us can predict what will happen with this virus, I would be concerned with Noro.   Neither will concern me at this time but best to follow sanitation recommendations and wash..... wash... wash... and try to avoid touching hand railings and elevator buttons etc.

 

https://www.usatoday.com/story/travel/cruises/2020/02/10/cruise-ship-norovrius-outbreak-sickens-300-amid-coronavirus-onboard-others/4715417002/ 

 

Casino in Louisiana

https://www.cnn.com/2020/02/10/us/louisiana-norovirus-outbreak-trnd/index.html

 

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My personal "rules" when cruising...

 

Do not eat with hands that have not JUST been washed. Use a untensil!

Do not touch face/eyes/nose/mouth with hands that have not JUST been washed.

Only use my cabin restroom and avoid all public restrooms. 

Push buttons with a knuckle or elbow, push doors with forearm. 

Travel with disinfecting wipes and clean surfaces on the plane and hotel rooms. 

Cross fingers, hope for the best and have a great time!

 

I do what I can to avoid infection but I don't worry about it. 

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I agree with MEcruzr ; great points to consider and keep in mind!  Also, spray with Lysol, put TV remotes in a zip lock bag; [you can still operate it].

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2 hours ago, MEcruzr said:

Only use my cabin restroom and avoid all public restrooms. 

As we seldom go directly from our cabin to our dining venue, we always visit a public restroom to thoroughly wash our hands immediately before entering a dining room.

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No matter how careful one is about their own hygiene, one cannot avoid the grazers in the ocean view cafe. 

Many passengers walk from station to station sampling the offerings from their plate, lick their fingers and pick up the next utensil before the careful cruisers get there. 

The renovated ships now have hand washing stations prior to entering the cafe.

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The soup ladles being a notable exception, you are not required to use the utensils provided in the buffet. You can get a set of silverware, use the fork that you will be eating with to select your meat, cheese, sliced tomatoes, etc.  Get two forks and you can use them like tongs to choose salad ingredients.  Get a soup spoon for gravy.  You should be able to serve yourself nearly every food item without touching the provided implements

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29 minutes ago, cruisestitch said:

The soup ladles being a notable exception, you are not required to use the utensils provided in the buffet. You can get a set of silverware, use the fork that you will be eating with to select your meat, cheese, sliced tomatoes, etc.  Get two forks and you can use them like tongs to choose salad ingredients.  Get a soup spoon for gravy.  You should be able to serve yourself nearly every food item without touching the provided implements

Except the grazers frequently drop the utensils on top of the food...

I'll try the two forks option and reach in.. I hope it's easier than chop sticks which I've never been able to master...

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4 hours ago, MEcruzr said:

My personal "rules" when cruising...

 

Do not eat with hands that have not JUST been washed. Use a untensil!

Do not touch face/eyes/nose/mouth with hands that have not JUST been washed.

Only use my cabin restroom and avoid all public restrooms. 

Push buttons with a knuckle or elbow, push doors with forearm. 

Travel with disinfecting wipes and clean surfaces on the plane and hotel rooms. 

Cross fingers, hope for the best and have a great time!

 

I do what I can to avoid infection but I don't worry about it. 

 

one area no one has ever posted about is the backs of chairs. when you sit down to eat you have to touch the chair to pull it out etc. thats another area that needs cleaned. all bets are off if you are in a restaurant that they do the chair thing for you though of course 🙂 though i find it on ships , as a man, that its weird the waiters putting napkins in my lap. 

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Just now, Argo. said:

Except the grazers frequently drop the utensils on top of the food...

I'll try the two forks option and reach in.. I hope it's easier than chop sticks which I've never been able to master...

 

i always wondered how do ppl use chopsticks with soup

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1 hour ago, Argo. said:

No matter how careful one is about their own hygiene, one cannot avoid the grazers in the ocean view cafe. 

Many passengers walk from station to station sampling the offerings from their plate, lick their fingers and pick up the next utensil before the careful cruisers get there. 

The renovated ships now have hand washing stations prior to entering the cafe.

 

hire someone with a water canon to shoot anyone that eats while standing. word will get around and it will stop. put signs up.. no grazing 🙂

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15 minutes ago, luckyinpa said:

one area no one has ever posted about is the backs of chairs. when you sit down to eat you have to touch the chair to pull it out etc....

 

You also touch the cutlery - do you know how many hands have touched your utensils before you get them? Also glasses, salt and pepper, condiments.... the list goes on and on. Just wash with soap and hot water before you eat, and pray for the best. 😊

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2 hours ago, Fouremco said:

As we seldom go directly from our cabin to our dining venue, we always visit a public restroom to thoroughly wash our hands immediately before entering a dining room.

I trust you also then wash them/sanitise them again on entry to the dining room. If I saw someone walking out of a public restroom and not wash their hands as they entered the dining room I’d avoid them like the plague. 

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While Coronavirus scares the hell out of me.... My more immediate concern is the norovirus, which has recently popped up on a Princess cruise... we have no plans to drop our March cruise, but I may pack some Clorox wipes and extra Rx and Imodium. However.... hope my Dec cruise will not be impacted by future cases of Coronavirus. I am hopeful that we will have new cases under control and effect treatments by then, although I don’t believe a vaccine will be available for years despite hopeful opinions in the press. No plans to drop March trip....today

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36 minutes ago, Pushka said:

I trust you also then wash them/sanitise them again on entry to the dining room. If I saw someone walking out of a public restroom and not wash their hands as they entered the dining room I’d avoid them like the plague. 

No, I'm not going to re-wash my hands 20 seconds after having washed them thoroughly. Avoid me if you want, but my hands are going to as clean and germ-free as possible.

 

Why would you assume that everyone walking out of a washroom has failed to wash their hands properly?

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You guys are starting to freak me out...just bought some Clorox wipes for our cruise in two weeks. I’m a diligent hand washer but I’ve never worried about wiping down the cabin and the remote etc.  It DOES make sense, so thank you...I guess. 😬

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3 minutes ago, Fouremco said:

No, I'm not going to re-wash my hands 20 seconds after having washed them thoroughly. Avoid me if you want, but my hands are going to as clean and germ-free as possible.

 

Why would you assume that everyone walking out of a washroom has failed to wash their hands properly?


Because I’ve seen exactly that happening? And I don’t know your personal habits do I. So I will look after myself. 
 

Search through many of the Noro threads and observe public washrooms. The personal habits of some people are stomach turning. 

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