Staying healthy at sea

Cruise expert Jo Hall shares a few tips to ensure you stay healthy on the high seas.

Staying healthy at sea

4. Colds and tummy upsets

Hygiene on ships today is very important, however, illnesses such as colds and respiratory infections can break out on board, and be passed around easily. If you have an ongoing respiratory condition, a flu shot might be worth considering. Traveller’s Diarrhoea can hit you anywhere, especially if you eat ashore, so only drink bottled water off-ship, avoid undercooked meats and fish, also fruits unless you can peel them.

5. Norovirus

Norovirus is a common cruise ship illness, causing symptoms including nausea, vomiting and diarrhea. It’s transmitted several ways, including person-to-person contact and through contaminated surfaces; to avoid catching it, wash your hands before eating, after using the bathroom, and regularly use hand sanitisers provided in public areas. 

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    27th Sep 2014
    (1) Carry Anchor Raspberry Cordial. It can be obtained in a tube from travel supply shops. Treat any water by making up cordial the night before you are going to use it. (2) Beware ice in drinks. (3) Use only boiled water (carry a small travel immersion heater).(4) do not believe that all bottled water or drinks are safe (sometimes local refill used bottles with their local products). (5) Keep in mind that Cholera and other nasty diseases are indemic in many countries. (6) Check health and safety warnings on the Australian Government website before you travel.(7) Check out "reviews" for the ship or company you are considering travelling with.
    14th Oct 2014
    And most of all why not have Australian Health Authorities do an inspection of all cruise ships moving in and out of Australia. Swabs could be taken, air conditioning could be investigated and on board operations of hand and other treatments enforced. This way a fair chance that Norovirus and pneumonia type problems may be reduced if not eliminated. I have been on cruise ships where hand cleansing is not required until the ship is infected and people confined to cabins. I was this year on a cruise to the tropics where the airconditioning was turned off at 10-00pm and untreated air pumped through the system until 7-00am. This ship was run down lifts did not work and other problems were obvious. No wonder it sat in dry dock for some time and cruises were cancelled. Yet when I complained I was shrugged off as just another complainer. Health Authorities must become involved to ensure that overseas diseases are not imported through this back door.
    14th Oct 2014
    I would like to know if you were referring to the Sea Princess, for us while we were onboard, cleanliness was paramount, in fact, some passengers were stopped at the dining room entrance and asked to cleanse their hands before entering and nobody complained to my knowledge.

    Cleanliness should be a personal regime, wash ones hands before touching food, after visiting a toilet, after handling money; in fact, I wash my hands before I touch food if I've been on my computer, and that gets cleaned often, too. If we are out, we always carry hand steriliser liquid to keep our hands sterile, and, for the record, none of us have ever come down with anything we don't want!

    If we listen to what happens through lack of hygiene, then we should ask, what didn't we do right?

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