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#21
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Not just cruise ships people do this at my work too. It is gross. I always wash and sanitize my hands at all dinner entrances as well as restrooms.Sadly I don't worry about others just try to keep myself healthy


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#22
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Originally posted by trev71
Not just cruise ships people do this at my work too. It is gross. I always wash and sanitize my hands at all dinner entrances as well as restrooms.Sadly I don't worry about others just try to keep myself healthy


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Good idea!

When we told our friends that we were going on our first cruise, we received all kinds of reactions. One reaction was, "Oh, so-and-so just came back from a cruise to Alaska, and most people on the ship came down with Norovirus. It was so bad that the Center for Disease Control came on board to do inspections and write a report of all the problems."


With some dread, I asked our friends, " Was it the Emerald Princess?" They said no, it was an HAL ship, but they had heard of Norovirus happening on all ships. Now, we knew that flu bugs spread quickly through passenger ships, but we never heard of Norovirus, as we were brand new cruisers.


So when we got on board, we were really careful. We read all the advisements that Princess printed about hand washing. We brought our own hand sanitizer, not knowing that hand-sanitizer stations were placed at every dining venue. I brought a container of sanitizing wipes, thinking to wipe down the entire cabin. ( I got as far as wiping down the t.v. remote control, when we were interrupted by an announcement for Muster Drill, then I forgot about wiping everything else down.

I decided to bring our own silverware from home in our luggage, so that we could take it to the dining room and explain that we wanted to use our own utensils. ( Forgot to pack it in the suitcase at the last minute)


Long story short - we did everything Princess advised to keep our hands clean, washed them constantly, always used the Purell at the dining room, only used the bathroom in our own cabin, etc. etc. We were successful in avoiding Norovirus or flu ( already had a flu shot).

Even though I forgot the utensils from home and forgot to finish wiping down the cabin, we still avoided getting sick.

It's a good idea to follow all the advisements from Princess. - EBC
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#23
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Originally posted by sterling2
Clorox bleach free hand sanitizer was recommended to me by doctors I met on a cruise. I use it constantly when on board. I especially use it after pulling my chair up to the dining room table and reading the menu and when using hand rails. It’s supposed to be 99.999% effective at preventing norovirus. Amazon sells small spray bottles.
Well, it's 99.3% effective against the norovirus surrogate Feline Calicvirus.
http://www.stopthestomachflu.com/Hom...ch-flu-viruses


Despite their prevalence in the human population, noroviruses have proven difficult to successfully propagate in a cell culture system. Therefore, MS-2 bacteriophage, feline calicivirus, and more recently murine norovirus have been employed as models for human noroviruses in virucidal efficacy studies.
http://microchemlab.com/norovirus


So, it may or may not actually work against human norovirus.
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#24
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Those people you think aren't washing their hands after using the restroom may be doing what I do--use a personal wipe after I've touched those grimy doors. Where do you think my hands were in that bathroom? My hands pull down my slacks and pull them back up. I shake things dry. If I need to do the other kind of business I use my cabin.


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#26
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This is why I don't eat people's potluck meals if I'm not sure about their hygiene. I see way too many women at work take the express route from the stall and bypass the sink. Ewwww. If they do it at work, I can guarantee you they are nasty at home too.
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#27
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Originally posted by Skygazer
This is why I don't eat people's potluck meals if I'm not sure about their hygiene. I see way too many women at work take the express route from the stall and bypass the sink. Ewwww. If they do it at work, I can guarantee you they are nasty at home too.
and then
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#28
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It 100% depends on the bathroom!

Sorry to all you germ-a-phones but many things like hoof and mouth (which I got as a child using a public sink and was VERY painful) are easily spread at public restroom sinks.
Ever been in a nasty gas station bathroom or a porta potty? No way am I touching anything that I don’t have to. Or what if I am wearing a bandaid due to a cut? There are tons of explanations why you might not see someone wash at that moment. And as for those nasty wet sinks, (and don’t get me started on those extremely unsanitary germ spewing air dryers they have added) I guarantee you my hips (which are the only thing touched as I can flush with my foot) are 1000% cleaner than certain bathrooms I have been in!

I wash my hands multiple times a day - and rarely if ever get sick - but depending on the bathroom, you may not see me do it. Nor will you see me exit the bathroom with the dirty wet sink and only drying option the germ spewer and opt for hand sanitizer.

Face it germaphobes- you judge and don’t really know what is happening or why. I know you won’t change your paranoia and you are not going to convince me to use a sink that I guarantee is less sanitary than I am! Happy travels!


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#29
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Originally posted by steelers36
I'm all for personal hygiene, but if you are worried about the menus, why aren't you taking your dishes, glasses and flatware back to the cabin to wash them before being served food? What about your chair? Oh wait, the dishes come from the kitchen with food on them. The waiters handle the dishes. Oh oh. Don't mean to make fun of you but we can only go so far within reason.
There have been studies on what type of germs that are on the menus in restaurants and you would be surprised at to just what is on them
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#30
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Just saying .... I've always seen women washing their hands after using the "Lady's Room".
Seems almost all do.
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#31
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Originally posted by OCruisers
Just saying .... I've always seen women washing their hands after using the "Lady's Room".
Seems almost all do.
Most of the women do wash there hands. I have seen some who don't. I find that on Princess the sinks are clean,and there are paper towels, so it is a easy wash.
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#32
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Originally posted by OCruisers
Just saying .... I've always seen women washing their hands after using the "Lady's Room".
Seems almost all do.
I agree with what you said women do take the time to wash their hands.
Many a time my husband has come out of the men's room and pointed to a man who came out just before him telling me that the man over there DID NOT WASH HIS HANDS
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#33
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Originally posted by Momma Mojito
There have been studies on what type of germs that are on the menus in restaurants and you would be surprised at to just what is on them
No, I probably wouldn't be surprised. Nor at the myriad of other places we all come in contact with in our daily lives.
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#34
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Originally posted by A&Jfamily
I wash my hands multiple times a day - and rarely if ever get sick - but depending on the bathroom, you may not see me do it. Nor will you see me exit the bathroom with the dirty wet sink and only drying option the germ spewer and opt for hand sanitizer.

Face it germaphobes- you judge and don’t really know what is happening or why. I know you won’t change your paranoia and you are not going to convince me to use a sink that I guarantee is less sanitary than I am! Happy travels!
I don't understand how a sink can be less sanitary.

I'm not sure about princess ships since I haven't been in a while (I'll find out soon as I'm excited to try another Princess cruise), but, on Celebrity ships, you can wash your hands without touching the sink - water and soap are sensor dependent and turn on / dispense without you needing to touch a thing....

Germaphobe or not - my feeling is that everyone should wash their hands - for their sake and the sake of others.

IMO, handwashing should be mandatory
#35
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On our recent Caribbean Princess cruise, I was disappointed to see the new hand-washing stations at the buffet instead of a crew member with a bottle of Purell. DH and I were the only ones I ever saw using the sinks, on a 12-day cruise. Halfway through, we switched to in-room dining.

I raised the issue in our post-cruise survey.
#36
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Originally posted by Shadow9612
I don't understand how a sink can be less sanitary.
Oh yes it can be way less sanitary!
One of the hospitals I worked in did a culture of the sinks in one of the ICUs and found Pseudomonas Aeruginosa on every tap where the water comes out, in the sink, in the drain and splashed on the walls around the sinks. P. Aeruginosa causes a really nasty pneumonia.
#37
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[quote=floridalover5623;54224582]Did you really think that by saying something people would change their ways?
They've been doing it all their lives & not going to change now.[/quote

Excellent I totally agree with you!!!
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#38
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I do not consider myself a germaphobe but always wash my hands before leaving the restroom but get aggravated when they only have the air dryers and not paper towels. First, I think paper towels are more sanitary than the warm air. Second, I like to use a paper towel to grab the handle of the door to open it. If they do have paper towels I always hope they have a trash can near the door.
I have always thought that restroom doors should have automatic openers so I don’t have to touch the door handle after someone just left without washing their hands. My other solution would be to have the restroom doors sit back a bit and then open out instead of in. This way you touch the handle before using the RR and can just push the door open when leaving.



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#39
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Originally posted by Ellipooh
On our recent Caribbean Princess cruise, I was disappointed to see the new hand-washing stations at the buffet instead of a crew member with a bottle of Purell. DH and I were the only ones I ever saw using the sinks, on a 12-day cruise. Halfway through, we switched to in-room dining.

I raised the issue in our post-cruise survey.
I was pleasantly surprised on Royal Princess to not only see the handwashing stations, but to see the crew member enforcing that people use them.

While Purell is nice, all medical personnel agree that hand washing is much, much more effective.
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#40
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Originally posted by JF - retired RRT
I've always wondered when/if the staff cleans the menus in the MDR. My guess is "no".
I carry a small hand sanitizer bottle when on board and after we finish with the menu, we clean our hands with it. You never know where that menu has been.
Your guess was wrong. All the major cruise lines have a standard menu cleaning protocol. Are the menus absolutely sterile? Probably not, but they are far cleaner than many other things you are touching on the ship.

Let me guess where you carry that small hand sanitizer bottle; pocket or purse?
Pockets and purses are two of the dirtiest places on the ship.

So let's see now;
1. You remove the bottle from a contaminated pocket or purse, and squirt the sanitizer on your hands.
2. Now your hands are relatively clean.
3. You pick up the contaminated bottle to pass it to someone else or to put it back into your contaminated pocket or purse, thereby contaminating your hands all over again........................