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Here it is again (see Dec 26)
Wonder what cruisejunkie would make of the fact that the retirement/assisted living facility across the road from me has had an outbreak of Norovirus. So much so that they cancelled many of their Holiday social events.I don't know, are they all on a cruise?
Wonder what cruisejunkie would make of the fact that the retirement/assisted living facility across the road from me has had an outbreak of Norovirus. So much so that they cancelled many of their Holiday social events.Hi Susan. Don't know what cruisejunkie would make of that, but from what I have read, it is standard procedure to cancel social events, and not gather large groups of people together when there is an outbreak of gastrointestional illness. So it seems the retirement/assisted living facility across the road from you followed standard procedure. Apparently, cruise ships are extremely reluctant to do that - for obviou$ reasons.
If it gets to a very serious level where the CDC board the ship and get involved, then the usual practice is that passengers for the next voyage will be informed. At that point, if you do not wish to go on the cruise, Cunard will give a full refund if your travel agent gets in touch with them and asks for a refund. I have found them very fair on this. However, the outbreak would need to be very serious before this happens.Hi Louise D. Thanks for your response. I became curious last August when waiting to board a Holland America Cruise for several uncomfortable hours after assigned boarding time, standing in the Manhattan Terminal. The reason given for the delay was "due to technical problems". After two hours of standing and waiting, I asked a HAL rep if there was a problem with Noro virus on the previous cruise.
And so, I wondered what, if any rules applied had there been a Noro outbreak. BTW, there was no way to contact my travel agent at that time, nor could I get internet access to post on this forum to seek advice. Also I'm not clear on what is meant by "a very serious outbreak".Salacia, I am recalling a situation where the CDC had boarded QE2 at an earlier port, was trying to work with Cunard on ways to lessen the numbers of people affected and there were rumours that the next voyage might need to be cancelled to enable extreme sanitising measures to be undertaken.
Thanks again, regards -s.
Last night the Captain emphasized the importance of remaining in your cabin if you are suffering from the gastro-intestinal upset (they're calling it "suspected norovirus" but only because they don't have proof, I think). He said that from now on people not staying in their cabin would be reported to him, and he would then have to consider the consequences.Are you calling the captain a plank?
It is passengers who bring Noro onboard and they should not be hassling the staff who contain things very well. I do wonder how many actually have the virus and how many simply have sea-sickness or tummy upsets? Oh well, hopefully it will be contained by next week!I take you've never had the Noro? There is a big difference, I had it on our November cruise and my god I have never been so ill, I was confined to my cabin for 24 hours they sent a cleaner to supposedly deep clean my cabin but if wiping a few things and changing the bedding is a deep clean then I can understand why it keeps spreading.
I take you've never had the Noro? There is a big difference, I had it on our November cruise and my god I have never been so ill, I was confined to my cabin for 24 hours they sent a cleaner to supposedly deep clean my cabin but if wiping a few things and changing the bedding is a deep clean then I can understand why it keeps spreading.What has that got to do with incorrect reports? The fact is that people mistake other symptoms with Noro ( which is a non-specific virus) and post on forums that they had it when they didn't. On the crossing on the 22nd Dec I had people telling me they had Norovirus when clearly they did not. I'm sure your experience was real and it must have been awful. What I was referring to was the conflictling and incorrect reports of numbers in the current outbreak. Figures have varied from over 500 to the "official" number of 75! All I am saying is that some folk are prone to exaggeration. Anyway, I will see for myself on my return journey on the 3rd.
I was given a special room service menu with low fat bland foods and chicken but the food was awful I could not eat anything, luckily it was the last full day onboard, I was escorted off the ship making sure I went straight off. Not the best experience.
Cunard QM2 need to clean more..IMO
What has that got to do with incorrect reports?How's posted incorrect reports?
How's posted incorrect reports?I was referring to the unsubstantuated figures being quoted here and elswhere.
The CDC report is now posted for the current outbreak on the QM2.So a great deal less than the 500 previously quoted. Cunard seem to be taking all the appropriate actions and I hope that those who are ill recover quickly. From our point of view, we will take advantage of the free shuttle and spend more time in New York!
Investigation Update on the Queen Mary 2
As of now, the reported number of cases are
Passengers: 194 of 2,613 (7.42%)
Crew: 11 of 1,255 (0.88%)
So a great deal less than the 500 previously quoted. Cunard seem to be taking all the appropriate actions and I hope that those who are ill recover quickly. From our point of view, we will take advantage of the free shuttle and spend more time in New York!mallorscaint, thanks for posting that info regarding delayed boarding, and kudos to Cunard for making the announcement in advance and for putting on a free shuttle to Manhattan.
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