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Old 06-01-2007, 06:56 AM
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I just read a news story that the Norovirus
has hit the LOS.The story claims on ship will be staying longer in the Port of Miami this Sat
for cleaning.
Can anyone back me up on this story?
I hope it's wrong!
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Old 06-02-2007, 06:03 AM
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Yes, the Liberty Of The Seas returned to Miami this morning with around 200 ill passengers and crew. This just adds more proof to the fact that these things are mostly the fault of the passengers who board the ship sick, and/or don't practice good hygiene. It was only the second cruise for this vessel, so I hope to not see a bunch of nonsense news reports about the "ship being infected".

Embarkation will be delayed until 6pm tonight, with departure set for 10pm. Guests will get a $25 credit to pay for lunch. Guests who are paranoid and decide to cancel the cruise will get a 100% refund. Actually, given TS Barry's location, the delayed departure is probably a good thing since it will give the seas down south of Florida more time to calm down.
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Old 06-02-2007, 08:15 AM
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What is it going to take to get people to practice good hygiene? I have a hard time not saying something to men I see walking out of the men's room without washing their hands. This is why I use a paper towel to open the door on my way out. I see people walk right by the hand sanitizer containers the ship has posted before walking into the windjammer. It's there for a good reason and some people just ignore it. The ship does everything possible to prevent the spread of any virus, too bad people don't. I guess you can tell this is one of my pet peeves.

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Old 06-02-2007, 08:23 AM
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Good hygiene is the key .....use availsable hand sanitizers or do like we did and bring your own just in case.
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Old 06-02-2007, 09:44 AM
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Sonny,

We always use that Windjammer sanitizer - both when entering and leaving. I'm like you too in that I never leave a public restroom without a paper towel in my hand for the door. I hate the ones that only have air dryers...so I like to carry a couple of kleenex with me for just such an emergency. Those clowns that take a dump and then walk right out without even looking at the sinks...I want to slap them silly.
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I ran across one of MN's senators in a restroom at an NBA game who walked out unwashed and probably shook a couple dozen hands.

I wish you would hear these stats on hotels, grocery stores, hospitals etc. and not just the ships.
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Yeah, how about those shopping cart handles? One reason I keep a small bottle of hand sanitizer in the truck. People ought to think about those cart handles the next time they are wandering through the store and stop for a sample of that new pizza. Hand to mouth as they say.
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Old 06-03-2007, 08:59 AM
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It is a good point that just using hand sanitizer isn't enough. I look at the sanitizer as a intermediate step between regular soap and water washings.

Good job of putting that blurb in with your docs Sandy!

It is silly how some people get panicked over this stuff. I was just looking at some other forums and people are like "Oh no! Will this ruin our upcoming cruise on the Liberty?" One woman posted that when the stepped-up sanitation measures started on the Liberty she kept her family in their cabin - even though none of them were actually sick. Another complained about the smell of bleach from the disinfecting going on. Jeez.
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What happened to the blurb?
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Old 06-03-2007, 01:01 PM
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Ok now I get it I have been reading about that norovirus and the entire symptoms looks familiar to me here in Puerto Rico.
We have a similar sickness “la monga”, is a summer sickness here, I believe the problem is the Florida port, here in Puerto Rico we have never had trouble with the norovirus I suppose is that the tropical temperature is to hard to the virus and kill it.
But they make a big deal about it is not like the EBOLA VIRUS!!!
Ok for all I know the symptoms are similar to a cold, and 3 days after you are fine, just drink fluids and eat well.
But not to be the Devils advocate
Maybe the people don’t do it on purpose, because you can be affected by norovirus the very same day you get to port during embarking and the symptoms will not start until 2 days after you are infected…
For all I know want to be safe just:
• Wash your hands, don’t touch your mouth without washing them and if someone is coughing near you maybe is better to ask them to cover their mouth. BUT DON’T PANIC!!!
• Also, as I do, prepare a small first aid kit, with panadol, Cold and flu medicine, hand sanitizer ect. Just in case. you never know what can happen in the islands.
• Maybe is better to forget what can go wrong, well maybe a meteor will hit the cruise and sink it, you can die from hart attack the night before your cruise believe me it can happen, but what are the possibilities, nobody knows…

I am planning to have some fun this summer, like I use to do every summer, if the norovirus is there
I’ll get it anyway that’s destiny!!!
So why worrying about things like that in advance??
I know a few companies and hotels that will want that PANIC to be in the mind of many future new cruisers in order to fill their airplanes and hotels, remember maybe is just $$$ reason and a economic strategy.
Cruises are here to stay and they are better vacation for your money than a hotel and they know that… so business can be a hard to get $$$ inversion because of cruise lines.

maybe this is what happen...dont want to offend anyone but

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