Post # 32
I would honestly wait until later if going to the coast. June 1 = November 30 is hurricane season, I would not plan for beach/water activity during those months. Yes I realize that this takes 6 months out of the equation, however, I would rather not have to change my plans last minute due to a storm.
I live in South Florida, and have my whole life. I am also a travel agent, so this is something that I have to let clients know all the time. Take it with a grain of salt, but know that the possibility of problems can arise.
As far as the Costa accident, the captain was an idiot and should most certainly be charged/convicted of manslaughter. He was trying to prove how close he could get to the island, and failed miserably. The cruise industry does sail at almost full capacity with hundreds of ships carrying thousands of customers daily. A cruise is safer than walking across the street.
Post # 33
What a lovely holiday plan, cruises are extremely luxurious and I think you should throw your reservations out the window (or would that be the porthole? haha)
No seriously, very rare things go wrong with cruises 🙂
Post # 34
The thing about norwalk virus is that it is an intestinal bug that is already in your system before it shows. Before boarding the ship there is a form required asking if you have had any nausea/vomiting or the like in the last 48 hours, most 99% people lie about this, and that is when the virus gets on the ship and then spreads. If people get sick in the first 48 hours of the cruise, it was already in their system, not something picked up onboard.
When there is an outbreak the crew goes into action and the entire ship is bleached to rid the virus. I have been on many ships where this has happened, including the MSC Lyrica on her first trip to the US and there was a sickness onboard. We were at the port and smelling the bleach, they were washing the inside and outside of the ships, the rooms and all. The ship was a couple hours late leaving so they could ventilate.
Fact of matter is…. people pay thousands of dollars for the cruise, but will not pay a hundred for insurance, then they get sick. Rather than losing thier money, they go anyway and then infect others.
Most of the time as well, the people that are ill, it is normally due to the change in eating. They are eating a lot of different foods than they would normally eat, and a lot more than normal, and probably more often. That would make anyone sick. Not to mention then they add in alcohol. Think about this… put 2500 people in one place for a week, and see how many get sick. Doesn’t matter if it is a school, a park or a ship. You are going to have illness.
Heck, I am more scared of getting sick in a hospital than on a ship. 12 cruises and no illness for me yet. However I want to Tulsa in 1996 for the weekend and ended up in the ER for hours due to a stomach bug. Won’t make me not visit Oklahoma again.
Post # 35
totally!! My mom said on the alaskan cruise, a family of 8 who were in the cabins around theirs ALL started showing signs about 6 hours after leaving the Vancouver port. I mean – theres no way of knowing, Norwalk does come on really suddenly and stuff…but thats why i wouldn’t put myself at risk – in a semi-closed environment like a cruise ship, where you are constantly in communal environments and touching surfaces and stuff, its just too hard to avoid.
Then again, I’m a serious emetophobic (fear of vomiting), so there are alot of perfectly normal situations i also wouldn’t put myself into for fear of getting sick!