It might just be an anecdote now, but when the coronavirus
cases started to spread around the world, cruise liners were among the first to
have an outbreak. It was so bad that the Diamond Princess Cruise even has its
own tally of patients who tested positive next to other countries. Since then,
the industry received tremendous scrutiny and in most places, cruise liners
were not allowed to sail.
on a cruise is fun. It’s even in the bucket list of many people. Despite
the price, it’s still worth doing. Of course, the pandemic changed everything.
While outbreaks in cruises aren’t new, this pandemic amplified the health and
sanitary practices (or the lack of it). As such, even if you want to give it a
go soon, you might have to suspend your plans. When
is the right time to go on a cruise again?
Wait for the pandemic to be over
If you’re itching to travel, there’s good news. Vaccines are
now getting delivered and waiting for approval. Once people start getting
vaccinated, it will be easier to travel. You can start by visiting local
destinations. It’s safer and would boost the local tourism industry. The cruise
trip can wait for a few more months. Even if you get vaccinated, it doesn’t
mean you’re safe from other pathogens. Some studies show that cruises can be a
Petri dish of diseases due to poor sanitary practices.
Changes should happen
You also have to see if cruise liners are implementing
recommended changes from the government. For years, they have escaped
regulations and continued operations without immense scrutiny. If you’re going
on a cruise trip soon, you should start with options that managed to implement
the suggested changes. You can also ask your local disease control agencies for
information in this regard.
Confidence needs to be back
When more people start to book a cruise trip, it’s a sigh
that confidence is going back. It tells you that more people feel safe to go on
a cruise again. If there are small outbreaks and other health issues, this
number wouldn’t skyrocket. While restrictions to prevent the spread of the
virus became divisive, people in general are still cautious of their actions.
Most people won’t take the risk of it’s unsafe to go on a cruise trip.
It’s better safe than sorry
You couldn’t wait to go on a trip again, and many people
around the world feel the same. You just have to be a bit more patient since
the virus is still here. Once it’s under control, we will be freer to plan our
trips. Hopefully, the cruise industry learned hard lessons out of this
pandemic. It’s among the most severely hit industries around the world, and it
would be terrible if they didn’t implement the necessary changes.
If you can finally book
a trip, you should still observe sanitary practices. Wash your hands.
Observe distancing. Monitor your symptoms and seek medical care if needed. You
can have fun without placing yourself at risk.
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