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Travel Advice/Travel Tips -  Health tips for cruising

In 2003, approximately eight and a half million passengers embarked from North American ports for their cruise vacation. Traveling on cruise ships exposes people to new environments, mixes in large crowds and puts them in close proximity.

Although an infrequent occurrence, these exposures creates the risk for illness, either from contaminated food, water, or more commonly through person to person contact.

The CDC recommends that travelers follow these tips to help prevent the spread of illness:
  •  Wash your hands
    •  Before and after
      • eating
      • smoking,
    • After
      •  touching your face,
      • going to the bathroom
    •  When your hands are dirty.
  •  Learn more about hand washing technique.
  •  Leave the area if you see someone get sick (vomiting or diarrhea).
    •  Report the incident 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
      • Resting helps rebuild your immune system.
    •  Drink lots of water.
      •   Drinking water helps prevents dehydration.
  • Be considerate 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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