Getting on a cruise can be exciting. For some people, it’s one of the
activities on their bucket list. Considering all the amenities and services on
a cruise, it’s definitely worth the try. It doesn’t even matter if getting a
ticket would cost a lot of money.
Unfortunately, as we have seen in recent events, cruise ships are
undoubtedly a Petri dish for different bacterial and viral infections. Therefore,
going on a cruise trip comes with a risk. If you still insist in taking this
trip in the future, these are some health and safety tips to
Get flu shots
You need to get
flu shots to keep yourself protected against a possible viral infection.
However, you need to understand that the current coronavirus doesn’t have a
vaccine yet. It still doesn’t hurt to protect yourself from other types of
viral infections if vaccines are already available. Once a vaccine for
coronavirus is invented, you have to get one so that you will feel more
confident stepping in s crisis ship.
Maintain social distancing
Even if you’re in a cruise ship, you still need to maintain social
distancing if possible. The problem is that considering how packed the cruise
ships are, it might be difficult for you to maintain a distance. The best thing
you need to do is to avoid interaction with people you don’t know. If you want
to talk to someone you just met, you can still maintain a distance of 6 feet.
Wear protective gear
Protective gear like mask and gloves won’t give you assurance that you
won’t get ill, but somehow, they help. It’s also important that if you’re a
potential carrier of the virus, you don’t spread it to other people especially
if you’re asymptomatic.
Listen to advisory
The cruise also has a central announcement office where essential
information is disseminated. You have to listen to announcements if there are
updates regarding health and security. As soon as there is a potential risk of
an outbreak, the first thing you need to do is to secure your food, and get back
to your cabin. Disinfect your area, and make sure that you don’t get out until
it’s safe to do so. The cruise staff will be responsible in making sure that
you will remain safe and not get hungry until you head out of the ship.
Bring your medicines
Sure, there’s a risk of a potential viral infection. However, the bigger
risk is from your underlying condition. If you are already suffering from other
diseases, you need to come prepared. Bring your medicine with you. You also
need to consult with your doctor if it’s safe to go on a trip aboard
a cruise ship.
Hopefully, the current pandemic will be over. There’s no guarantee that
things will get back to normal right away. It might also take time before people
will trust cruise ship companies again. If in the future if you decide to
embark on this journey, you just have to remember these tips.
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