Health Myths: Get the Facts
can't prevent spreading illness on a cruise.
Each year millions of U.S. citizens enjoy cruise vacations. According to the
Cruise Line International Association, in 2003, approximately 8.3 million
passengers embarked from North American ports for their cruise vacation.
Traveling on cruise ships exposes people to new environments and high volumes
of people, including other travelers. Although an infrequent occurrence, this
exposure creates the risk for illness, either from contaminated food, water, or
- more commonly - through person to person contact. Follow these tips to help
prevent the spread of illness:
Wash your hands
before and after eating, after touching your face and going to the bathroom,
and when your hands are dirty.
Leave the area
if you see someone get sick (vomiting or diarrhea) and report it to the cruise
staff. You could become sick if you ingest contaminated particles that travel
through the air.
Take care of
yourself. Get plenty of rest and drink lots of water. Resting helps rebuild
your immune system. Drinking water helps prevent dehydration.
of other people's health. If you're ill before taking a cruise, call the cruise
line to determine if there are alternative cruising options.
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