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  1. The CDC website will lead you to the EPA website which gives a list of what will kill norovirus. It basically comes down to alcohol does not kill it so you need bleach or hydrogen peroxide based products. Hospital grade probably guarantees it will kill it but I'm just going off what I've read on the EPA website. Most hand sanitizers are alcohol based. I'm on the 12/15 sailing so I'm reading as much as I can find on this!
  2. The CDC reports 3,602 passengers on the last cruise with 127 reported cases of Noro and 6 out of 1,769 crew with it. It is only reported to the CDC if it is "2% or more of the passengers or crew" (according to the CDC website) so if it's only 40 passengers this week we may never see an official report from the CDC. Hopefully next week it is totally gone!
  3. I'm on the Joy Dec. 15th and since it is on it's second consecutive cruise with a Noro outbreak (Panama Canal cruise confirmed by CDC, current week "reported" on social media but obviously not on CDC website yet), I appreciate the tips. I can't see carrying around gloves, but I will carry wipes with me that are on the EPA list of disinfectants that kill Noro (https://www.epa.gov/sites/production/files/2016-06/documents/list_g_norovirus.pdf) and obviously wash my hands all the damn time. My fear is getting noro at the beginning of the cruise and being confined to the cabin for the entirety! So we will wipe down the cabin and be very vigilant about what we touch. I agree with Deeliteful - how in the world do they disinfect ALL of the casino chips between cruises? Does anyone know what they do in that area? My husband plays a lot of blackjack!
  4. It's outside the theater, will be well marked on the map of the ship you receive before you board.
  5. Great thread! Not sure how odd these are, but they are definitely different than a regular land vacation for us... *Silly games with the family, whether it’s bowling, arcade games, ping pong or putt-putt *The UPB which lets me try drinks that sound good, and ordering something else if I don’t like them *BINGO! Yes it’s a rip-off but it’s one of our must-do’s on a cruise! 😊
  6. Part excitement and part the 3am alarm yesterday, I feel like it’s taken us daayyss to get on board. But we are finally here, in a lounger, with a cold beer in hand! So jump on board the Epic with us this week and follow along. Cheers! Sent from my iPhone using Forums
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