Posted December 1st, 2012, 10:04 PM
Hi, We were on our dream trip the Mariner of the Seas leaving Rome for a 13 day trip. RCL told us that they were delaying the boarding because some people on the trip before us were sick and the ship required extra cleaning. They delayed the boarding from 11 am to 1 pm and we couldn't get into our rooms until 3 pm.
During our trip they told us if we felt sick, our visit to the Ship's Infirmary would be complimentary. Needless to say I became sick and was seen by the ship's nurse and they told me I had a gastrointestinal bug. They gave me imodium, a special diet and quarantined me to my room. Our room steward told us there were other rooms around us that were sick too. When my husband went out one night during my quarantine noticed that RCL had hosed down the hallways outside of our room.
I thought I got better 2 days before we got off the ship. Boy was I sadly mistaken. I am still not better and have been in and out of hospitals since our trip because of this!!!!
I was suppose to go back to school but I now have had to put my life on hold because of this trip.
I'm sorry that you've been unwell....but truly..having a "bug" is not the same thing as having a human parasite.
Parasites are really, really rare.
Trichinosis from pork still occurs sometimes in other countries. It is possible to pick up a tapeworm from free range chickens or eggs (in other countries), (or unwashed vegetables) Scabies and head lice and pinworms are pretty contagious, and frequent in the US. Food borne bacteria maybe, but food borne parasites are not common. Respiratory and gastrointestinal viruses on cruise ships are very common.
I suppose it is possible, but highly unlikely that you would contract a human parasite in any of the frequent cruise ship ports, and definitely not on the ship.
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