It's the Dawn this week, the Spirit a few months ago, and many other ships in between. Even the best hotels get infested by little critters.
Allow passengers to go ashore, they will bring back little critters.
Unless you expect every passenger to take a shower on the pier and have their clothes washed before returning aboard, there's no way to completley avoid them.
When traveling, whether at sea or ashore, I have learned as a matter of course, to spray my bedding with Lysol or equivalent. After 44 years of traveling I have never run into a problem. Perhaps I should invest in Lysol-I've spent enough on it!!
I'm a cruiser, but I am also in the pest control business and bed bugs on cruise ships are a very real problem and not just put out by the media. They are a problem all over the US even in 5 star hotels. They are very difficult to get rid of. All you can do is check the bed and mattress and head board when you check in and if you see red staining or bugs that look like flat lady bugs, you must insist that your cabin is changed. Because of no more DDT and increased international travel bedbugs have made a comeback. I don't think we are allowed to take pesticdes on the boat to spray them. Pam
Unfortunatly they tell us the cruise is at lifeboat capacity (We were trying to upgrade our room)so I doubt they will have another room. I guess I'll wear bug repellent to bed and drink heavily. Prepare for the worse and hope for the best!