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(CNN)   Norovirus saves Caribbean Cruise passengers from having to go to Haiti   (cnn.com) divider line 33
    More: Sick, Haiti, Royal Caribbean International, over-the-counter drugs, health officers, norovirus, product design, U.S. Centers for Disease Control  
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2014-01-26 09:10:54 AM  
Poop cruise!
 
2014-01-26 09:14:32 AM  
Why is it always cruise ships this shiat happens on? They seem like nothing but a petri dish on water
 
2014-01-26 09:14:56 AM  
What's with all the disease-ridden cruises lately?

/"We need someone who can not only dock this ship...but who didn't have fish for dinner."
 
2014-01-26 09:16:50 AM  

styckx: Why is it always cruise ships this shiat happens on? They seem like nothing but a petri dish on water


A bunch of people packed into enclosed space, eating a bunch of buffet food, and having occasional contact with the third world? Yeah, what's the worst that could happen?
 
2014-01-26 09:17:31 AM  
If the CDC had their way I bet they'd find norovirus-Marys, who spread the bug but don't get sick, working in services on the liners. Get all the manifests for the past decade and I bet we'll find one worker who can truely say "people keep getting sick around me, but never me. I never get sick." Well, that's because you're a vector, not a victim.
 
2014-01-26 09:18:03 AM  

styckx: Why is it always cruise ships this shiat happens on? They seem like nothing but a petri dish on water



I don't know, but if I were running a port, I would turn away these plague ships.

Sincerely,
President Madagascar
 
2014-01-26 09:21:30 AM  
About 300 of 3000 sick.
10% chance.
Better odds than some other cruises.
 
2014-01-26 09:23:07 AM  
I used to want to take cruise, but after all the bs over the last 4yrs, you couldn't pay me too.

I can undercook some chicken and shiat myself at home for next to nothing.
 
2014-01-26 09:24:37 AM  

wichitaleaf: About 300 of 3000 sick.
10% chance.
Better odds than some other cruises.



It's Royal Caribbean, not a floating leper colony like Carnival.
 
2014-01-26 09:29:08 AM  

Snarfangel: wichitaleaf: About 300 of 3000 sick.
10% chance.
Better odds than some other cruises.


It's Royal Caribbean, not a floating leper colony like Carnival.


Never got sick on Carnival, but, then again, I'm a nurse and sanitize my hands OCD-like all the time. Or else I already have superMRSAklebsellacdiffatuberculosis, and thus am immune.
 
2014-01-26 09:33:16 AM  
Ugh I've had norovirus, 48 hours of thinking I was going to shiat and puke myself to death coupled with agonizing intestinal cramps.  At some point during the two days death seemed like a good alternative.  I wouldn't wish that on anyone. I typically don't get sick and on the rare cases that I do I don't get as sick as other people.  If that was a mild incident I can't imagine an full blown one.
 
2014-01-26 09:38:34 AM  
Good job subbie!
 
2014-01-26 09:49:05 AM  

ragekage: Never got sick on Carnival, but, then again, I'm a nurse and sanitize my hands OCD-like all the time. Or else I already have superMRSAklebsellacdiffatuberculosis, and thus am immune.


Copper would solve the solve the problem better.
 
2014-01-26 09:54:07 AM  
Passengers are trying to make the best of a bad situation as this picture from one of the ship's swimming pools shows.
www.cartagenaexcursions.biz
 
2014-01-26 09:54:42 AM  
So long as nobody got norovirus at the bus station. I remember some poor farker had a horrible experience with norovirus at a bus station.
 
2014-01-26 09:57:58 AM  

Prank Call of Cthulhu: Passengers are trying to make the best of a bad situation as this picture from one of the ship's swimming pools shows.
[www.cartagenaexcursions.biz image 500x375]


Remember, that pool is for 1st class only!
 
2014-01-26 10:01:42 AM  

Prank Call of Cthulhu: styckx: Why is it always cruise ships this shiat happens on? They seem like nothing but a petri dish on water

A bunch of people packed into enclosed space, eating a bunch of buffet food, and having occasional contact with the third world? Yeah, what's the worst that could happen?


Not to mention it's likely a group of people from a variety of different places, so who knows what everyone could be bringing with them that you might not have a resistance for.
 
2014-01-26 10:04:42 AM  
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2014-01-26 10:17:30 AM  

teenage mutant ninja rapist: So long as nobody got norovirus at the bus station. I remember some poor farker had a horrible experience with norovirus at a bus station.


I think that's called "Tuesday."
 
2014-01-26 10:40:35 AM  
I had norovirus, and I wouldn't wish it on anyone. It almost killed me. By the time( late 2nd day of episode) I finally called the EMS to come get me, I had lost so much fluid and electrolytes that my muscles stopped working. I got down to the parking lot of my apartment to wait, and my entire body cramped up. I literally couldn't move. The ambulance showed up, and they had to pick me up off of the ground all seized up and put me on the gurney. After 2 bags of saline and potassium, my body started working again, and I spent the next day in the hospital. If I had waited one more minute to call I would have died in my apartment, and been found several grisly days or weeks later. So......Looks like I won't be taking a cruise, EVER.
 
2014-01-26 10:51:21 AM  

styckx: Why is it always cruise ships this shiat happens on? They seem like nothing but a petri dish on water




You got that right. I refer to them as floating hamster cages. You are confined without an escape in case something goes wrong: power failure, coked up captain, Legionnaires disease, viruses.

Last time my parents went on a cruise they both came home sick with the flu. They are in their 80's. they're planning on another cruise in February. I worry about them.
 
2014-01-26 10:52:27 AM  
I'm not going to spam the name of the cruise line, but the cruises we've been on have had a number of employees whose job it is to constantly clean railings, door knobs, and things that lots of people touch. You see crew walking the halls and decks of the ship swabbing down things with towels I assume are soaked in bleach. We stepped out of an elevator once to find two crew men in hazmat suits cleaning up some drunk's puke.

There are cruise lines who don't want to be a norovirus container ship. And others who seem to factor that into the cost of doing business.
 
2014-01-26 11:02:01 AM  

yakmans_dad: I'm not going to spam the name of the cruise line, but the cruises we've been on have had a number of employees whose job it is to constantly clean railings, door knobs, and things that lots of people touch. You see crew walking the halls and decks of the ship swabbing down things with towels I assume are soaked in bleach. We stepped out of an elevator once to find two crew men in hazmat suits cleaning up some drunk's puke.

There are cruise lines who don't want to be a norovirus container ship. And others who seem to factor that into the cost of doing business.


If this is certain first-hand experience and they aren't paying you to say it, why not mention which cruise line it is - or just initials or something.
 
2014-01-26 11:06:30 AM  

yakmans_dad: I'm not going to spam the name of the cruise line, but the cruises we've been on have had a number of employees whose job it is to constantly clean railings, door knobs, and things that lots of people touch. You see crew walking the halls and decks of the ship swabbing down things with towels I assume are soaked in bleach. We stepped out of an elevator once to find two crew men in hazmat suits cleaning up some drunk's puke.

There are cruise lines who don't want to be a norovirus container ship. And others who seem to factor that into the cost of doing business.


Why the hell wouldn't you mention the name of this cruise line?
 
2014-01-26 11:22:58 AM  

Meethos: yakmans_dad: I'm not going to spam the name of the cruise line, but the cruises we've been on have had a number of employees whose job it is to constantly clean railings, door knobs, and things that lots of people touch. You see crew walking the halls and decks of the ship swabbing down things with towels I assume are soaked in bleach. We stepped out of an elevator once to find two crew men in hazmat suits cleaning up some drunk's puke.

There are cruise lines who don't want to be a norovirus container ship. And others who seem to factor that into the cost of doing business.

Why the hell wouldn't you mention the name of this cruise line?


I've been on 2 Disney cruises, and I have witnessed the crew cleaning constantly. They require everyone who passes through the doors to any of the dining areas, to use a sanitized wipe which they personally hand to everyone. I see crew members wiping handrails, elevator buttons, doorknobs, floorboards, and always vacuuming. I would certainly hope that all cruise lines do this. But even with all these things in place, all it really takes is for one single person to have the virus, and infect a common area, it'll spread like crazy.
 
2014-01-26 11:50:30 AM  

Prank Call of Cthulhu: styckx: Why is it always cruise ships this shiat happens on? They seem like nothing but a petri dish on water

A bunch of people packed into enclosed space, eating a bunch of buffet food, and having occasional contact with the third world? Yeah, what's the worst that could happen?


THIS
 
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2014-01-26 12:20:46 PM  

styckx: Why is it always cruise ships this shiat happens on? They seem like nothing but a petri dish on water


Cargo ships don't have so many passengers?
 
vpb [TotalFark]
2014-01-26 12:24:36 PM  
Astorix:

You got that right. I refer to them as floating hamster cages. You are confined without an escape in case something goes wrong: power failure, coked up captain, Legionnaires disease, viruses.

You aren't without a means of escape. Just follow the captain if anything happens and he'll lead you right to it.
 
2014-01-26 12:37:41 PM  

vpb: Astorix:

You got that right. I refer to them as floating hamster cages. You are confined without an escape in case something goes wrong: power failure, coked up captain, Legionnaires disease, viruses.

You aren't without a means of escape. Just follow the captain if anything happens and he'll lead you right to it.


Yeah, but you can't expect every captain to be as professional as Captain Guido or whatever his name was.
 
2014-01-26 12:49:31 PM  
A cruise to Haiti isn't so bad as a flight to Haiti.  First of all, it's mostly cruise.  When you get there, you will depart at the most polished part of the port with nice colorful local outdoor markets within walking distance and an entertaining stepin fetchit show all for your tourist dollars.  It's not like they have a guy on the port with a syringe waiting to give you AIDS.
 
2014-01-26 02:56:44 PM  
Royal Caribbean has their own private resort area in Haiti.  It's far from the impoverished areas and is protected by steep mountains and armed guards.  You would not even recognize it as Haiti.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Labadee
 
2014-01-26 04:08:21 PM  
This is why I will never go on a cruise. It's a giant floating Petri dish.
 
2014-01-26 04:41:24 PM  

jaybeezey: I used to want to take cruise, but after all the bs over the last 4yrs, you couldn't pay me too.

I can undercook some chicken and shiat myself at home for next to nothing.


This is how I feel. I used to fantasize about taking a cruise, either a Caribbean one or up to Alaska, but the way my luck runs, I'd get Norovirus and be puking and shiatting the entire time. I have also read about the incredible pollution those cruise ships produce, and I don't want to contribute to that.
 
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