If the talk around your water cooler is like ours,
you’re amazed that there is yet another cruise ship
carrying a spreading virus.

In case you don’t actually know about this story,
let’s summarize:
According to CNN

Three outbreaks of illness affecting more than
100 people each have been reported aboard two cruise liners —
two of them in back-to-back cruises of the same ship…
Royal Caribbean’s Grandeur of the Seas. During the ship’s
April 5 to April 12 cruise, 105 of the nearly 3,000 passengers
and crew were affected. During the ship’s cruise the prior week,
117 passengers and crew members were struck.

Although the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
will be reviewing Royal Caribbean’s “cleaning, sanitation and
hygiene practices that are being employed on the ship to interrupt
the spread of disease,” they are still planning on leaving
at 4 p.m. on Saturday on there next seven night cruise to the Bahamas.

As if that wasn’t enough, a third ship, this time on Princess
Cruise’s Crown Princess: “In all, 152 of the more-than 4,000
passengers and crew were sickened.”

According to Bangor Daily News, a fourth outbreak has now been
reported, this time on Holland America’s Maasdam.

A sister Holland America ship also has been affected.
Veendam had an outbreak in February that sickened
more than hundred people during a Caribbean cruise,
according to CNN.

According to the CDC, all of these outbreaks were caused by the

norovirus, a highly infectious virus that can be picked up through contaminated food or water or by touching contaminated surfaces. It causes inflammation of the stomach, intestines or both, often leading to stomach pain, nausea, vomiting and diarrhea.

So, does this change your upcoming vacation plans?

Ok, let’s put this into perspective: according to CNN:

norovirus sickens an estimated 21 million people in the United States every year…
Bottom line: More people are getting sick on land.

According to Robert Kwortnik, marketing professor at
Cornell University’s School of Hotel Administration

It’s more likely that the cause of these norovirus outbreaks is us —
We might not be feeling tip-top when we board the ship and instead
bring illness on-board with us rather than saying, ‘Maybe I should
do this another time.’ No one wants to cancel a vacation, especially
if it’s nonrefundable.

What’s the solution: buy travel insurance…it’s made for just such an occasion.

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