Worried about staying healthy on a family cruise? Don’t be. All you need are some simple precautions. Let’s start with clearing up some common misconceptions about cruising. You often hear of cases where people have gotten sick on a cruise. The truth is, this actually affect less than one percent of all passengers, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. So you o r your family members are more likely to catch an illness at your workplace, school, or on public transportation.
Cruise lines are pretty vigilant about hygiene and sanitation, and cases of food poisoning or water contamination are also extremely rare.
The main health risk on a ship is through person-to-person contact. If one passenger gets sick, a contagious illness might be prone to spread because a ship is a closed environment where passengers are touching the same handrails, elevator buttons, door handles, and so on. You get the idea, so how do you protect against this?
The best way to ensure that your family stays healthy is to follow these guidelines:
Wash your hands frequently. This is the single best way to keep you and your family healthy.
Cruise ships often provide hand sanitizer dispensers at the entrances of every dining room and around the ship. Be sure to sanitize every time you pass a dispenser, and carry a small bottle in your purse or travel neck wallet.
Sanitize after going through the buffet line. Since multiple people are using the serve utensils you just might expose yourself to germs. Same goes when using beverage dispensers.
Drink bottled water. The water on ships is filtered and potable, but if you’re still worried, simply drink bottled water. Always bring bottled water with you when exploring ports of call.
Eat cooked foods when visiting ports of call. When you’re in port– particularly in less developed countries– it’s best to stick to well-cooked foods, since high cooking temperatures kill bacteria.
Get enough sleep and stay hydrated.
Don’t forget sunscreen. An ocean breeze can make you forget how strong the sun’s rays are on the ship’s top deck. Apply a high-SPF sunscreen liberally and often to avoid sunburn.
Prevent queasy tummies. You are less likely to get motion sick on large cruise ships but plan ahead with preventative seasickness remedies.
Watch for other sick passengers and try to steer clear as much as possible.
Always carry along a handy pouch when traveling to keep sanitizers and other important items. This convenient travel neck wallet does the trick.