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(CNN)   Not news: dozens of passengers fall ill on Caribbean cruise. News: not a Carnival ship   (cnn.com) divider line 33
    More: Fail, Royal Caribbean International, Carnival Cruise Lines, Prevention in Atlanta, over-the-counter drugs, passengers  
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2014-01-18 01:24:09 PM
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2014-01-18 01:25:56 PM
ahoy!!
 
2014-01-18 01:27:08 PM
i609.photobucket.com

/sigh....what is the preview button for again??
 
2014-01-18 01:27:10 PM
Mountain House and bottled water FTW!
 
2014-01-18 01:28:34 PM
8 out of 3000+ not really a bad average. Unless your one of the eight.
 
2014-01-18 01:32:24 PM
It's nice to see the rest of the industry finally catching up to Carnival's high standards.
 
2014-01-18 01:35:38 PM

stuffy: 8 out of 3000+ not really a bad average. Unless your one of the eight.


Now the story says 66. Within an hour we'll have 528
 
2014-01-18 01:43:25 PM
I think I found your vector:

veryhilarious.com
 
2014-01-18 01:45:37 PM
The whole time I worked in academic travel, this was my greatest nightmare. We had a ship grounded on a river cruise, another captured by pirates, a seriously scary mess of bad seas, a trip to China during the 9/11 aftermath, another trip to China and Tibet when the riots in Tibet caused China to lock down that area, a trip to Mumbai right when then terrorists did their thing, a traveler (not one of ours) who broke a leg on the Trans Siberian railroad, one of our travelers who had a moment of dementia in Tahiti and missed the boat--literally, but the entire time, I knew an outbreak of norovirus would really ruin us.

Luckily, all of our trips were 4-5 stars and the staff on those ships and tours (mostly Filipino, the rock stars of travel industry) were very careful. We never had an episode of gastrointestinal distress. Not one.

You get what you pay for...
 
2014-01-18 01:57:38 PM
The two crewmembers who were also sick were promptly fired for sampling the food laid out for passengers.
 
2014-01-18 02:02:42 PM
Really 2% sick makes the news?   I have seen bigger outbreaks in schools.
 
2014-01-18 02:07:52 PM

thelunatick: Really 2% sick makes the news?   I have seen bigger outbreaks in schools.


Carnival runs schools now???
 
2014-01-18 02:08:26 PM
You never heard about this on an Alaskian cruises I wonder why...
 
2014-01-18 02:13:45 PM
Next time, stay home.
 
2014-01-18 02:17:23 PM
Whose dream vacation is a four-night cruise?
 
2014-01-18 02:20:52 PM

umadbro: Whose dream vacation is a four-night cruise?


I'm guessing game show winners
 
2014-01-18 02:26:11 PM
I have been on one cruise in my life. Meh. Some people love them.

Many years ago, I dated a CDC microbiologist. She would bring home the MMWR, the Morbitity and Mortality Weekly Report. It was unusual to have one WITHOUT a cruise ship illness outbreak.
 
2014-01-18 02:34:57 PM

Now THIS is just odious news:
Another ill-fated "poop cruise".
It's truly a pity
When touring turns shiatty-
RC currently has business blues.

 
2014-01-18 02:51:21 PM
Meanwhile one of the Elementary schools in the Portland school district has over a hundred students sick with the norovirus.
 
2014-01-18 03:09:45 PM

The Pope of Manwich Village: I think I found your vector:

[veryhilarious.com image 540x743]


Where has this been my whole life? I laughed so hard I barfed.
 
2014-01-18 03:12:05 PM
Doesn't Carnival own Royal Caribbean?

I know they own several cruise lines.
 
2014-01-18 03:43:31 PM

wambu: Doesn't Carnival own Royal Caribbean?

I know they own several cruise lines.


RC is not one of them. They are their own company.

Seriously, how hard is it for people to wash their goddamn hands!
 
2014-01-18 03:44:13 PM

Unobtanium: I have been on one cruise in my life. Meh. Some people love them.

Many years ago, I dated a CDC microbiologist. She would bring home the MMWR, the Morbitity and Mortality Weekly Report. It was unusual to have one WITHOUT a cruise ship illness outbreak.


I have been on one cruise (Carnival - West Caribbean ) and one resort (Cuba - Guardalavaca). I honestly don't know which I'd rather do the next time I have an opportunity to go vacation.

Cruise was nice as a couple, and you basically get a sampler pack of different places to visit. Food and entertainment was great.

Resort was nice to relax by the pool and beach and meet new people. Made quite a few new friends in the week several of whom I've hung out with since we've all been back home (helped it was off season and you really did run into the same people multiple times a day). All you can drink is overrated when it's sugary crap and the food was plain but tasty enough.
 
2014-01-18 03:57:09 PM

wambu: Doesn't Carnival own Royal Caribbean?

I know they own several cruise lines.


No Carnival owns Princess, Cunard, Holland America, Costa, P&O, Seaborn and a few others..

On a side note. Noro is quite common this time of year on the cruise ships. the Caribbean Princess has had several cases the last few weeks, and was doing a bleaching of all the public areas before they allowed passengers on this week.
 
2014-01-18 03:58:26 PM

T-Servo: stuffy: 8 out of 3000+ not really a bad average. Unless your one of the eight.

Now the story says 66. Within an hour we'll have 528


in a week, we'll have more people filing a lawsuit that were actually on board the ship.
 
2014-01-18 04:24:14 PM

MBrady: T-Servo: stuffy: 8 out of 3000+ not really a bad average. Unless your one of the eight.

Now the story says 66. Within an hour we'll have 528

in a week, we'll have more people filing a lawsuit that were actually on board the ship.


If it involved your shoe...

just saying.
 
2014-01-18 04:50:45 PM
It's probably the buffet.

I've had a former co-worker who worked for a cruise ship company and that's the one piece of advice he gave.  Avoid the buffet.
 
2014-01-18 05:10:53 PM

muck1969: It's probably the buffet.

I've had a former co-worker who worked for a cruise ship company and that's the one piece of advice he gave.  Avoid the buffet.


And whatever you do, do NOT try the salmon mousse
i.i.cbsi.com
 
2014-01-18 06:32:39 PM
If you are stupid enough to eat from the buffet on a cruise ship, you deserve to get the shiats.
 
2014-01-18 07:16:46 PM

headhurt: wambu: Doesn't Carnival own Royal Caribbean?

I know they own several cruise lines.

RC is not one of them. They are their own company.

Seriously, how hard is it for people to wash their goddamn hands!


you're also confusing Carnival Cruise Lines, and Carnival Corp. Carnival Corp owns CCL, Princess, Costa, and I think the Yachts of Seaborn or some such.
 
2014-01-18 10:00:30 PM

wambu: Doesn't Carnival own Royal Caribbean?

I know they own several cruise lines.


No, they don't. RC & Carnival are separate companies.
 
2014-01-19 12:50:53 AM

platedlizard: Meanwhile one of the Elementary schools in the Portland school district has over a hundred students sick with the norovirus.


It it's not norovirus, it's some other GI virus that has the same effects that goes around every school year around here, and my 7-year-old has managed to bring it home at least once per school year. This school year, we've been lucky so far. I'm hoping that my endless nagging about washing her hands has finally sunk in. I've yet to get it when she's brought it home. Hubs got it once and learned his lesson.

But yeah, this is going to happen in any closed environment, including schools and workplaces. From what I'm seeing in the article, RC handled it as best and as professionally as they could, and I do see a real difference in how they've handled these sort of situations as opposed to how Carnival handles them. There's no real way you can 100% guard a Typhoid Mary.
 
2014-01-19 07:44:15 PM
Having JUST gotten back from the port of Miami on another cruise ship, our entire family is suffering from various ailments and maladies.  I love cruising, but the latest mega-ships are just recipes for disaster.  Giant farking petri dishes full of traveling virii and bacteria from every other passenger.  It's not the ports of call that are scary, it's your fellow passengers.
 
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