It seems that Norovirus is doing the rounds again, this time the Queen Mary 2 has taken the spotlight and just a few weeks back it was P&O Cruises, Oriana, being slaughtered by the press.
I have never (touch wood) encountered noro myself, and I don’t particularly want to either but what really bugs me (pardon the pun) is that 9 times out of 10 the virus is actually spread by PASSENGERS who do not wash their hands properly or at all!
Time after time people will blame the cruise line or jump down the throats of the crew but if we all just relax for a second it is clearly evident how the germs are spread.
Many a time I have witnessed passengers NOT use the hand gel when entering the dining areas or not bothering to wash their hands after using the bathroom and it’s these people that cause the biggest part of the problem. I remember one cruise a lady offered me a plate but I couldn’t take it off her and I told her this was because she didn’t use the hand gel and I would appreciate it if she didn’t touch anything else and used it. Surprisingly I didn’t have my head removed from my shoulders by her, she respected what I had said and done just as I asked. I wasn’t being rude but had a noro outbreak happened I have no doubt she would have been one of the first passengers to create a fuss about it when she was probably one of the ones responsible for spreading it.
When I cruise I use the hand gel RELIGIOUSLY!!! I also take bottles of my own that I can take ashore or use when I am just generally milling about the ship. I’m not germ-a-phobic by any means but I respect how fast a bug can spread on a cruise ship. I also carry it with me so that after touching the door that leads in/out from the public restrooms I can once again germ free my hands. This is a tip I think everyone should follow. You can get small bottles of the anti-bac hand gels for as little as 60p!!
I appreciate when there has been an outbreak on a previous cruise and new passenger’s board to find themselves being taken out one by one that this is when the cruise line is at fault. It must be a seriously difficult task to completely sanitise an entire ship but, it’s what we expect and what should be done 150% thoroughly. If it can’t be done in time then the sailing must be delayed, simple as that. This is exactly what P&O done with Oriana, she left port three hours later than scheduled so that they could ensure the ship was thoroughly cleaned, and there as far as I am aware were no more complaints about norovirus on the cruise that followed.
Nobody wants to become ill on holiday, especially on a ship so, PLEASE just wash your hands and USE the gels provided and take your own.
Thanks for reading! I just needed to let that out! 😉