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Tips to Avoid Cruise Ship Accidents and Illnesses

Posted on Oct 18, 2017 in Premises Liability

One of the best ways to unwind and relax is to set out on a cruise. The whole family can get together and enjoy themselves on a cruise. However, every now and then you do hear of a sickness epidemic or an ill-fated accident on a gorgeous luxury cruise that can make you change your mind about heading out to sea.

It is true, if somebody on-board contracts a nasty virus, it can spread quickly because a ship is a closed environment where several dozens of people share things. You can avoid catching the flu virus or a stomach bug, if you follow the below listed strategies.

Visit a Travel Medicine Specialist Before You Set Out on a Trip

If you want to keep a throat trickle or bellyache at bay, be sure to visit a doctor who can update you on the vaccines you must take when you set out to sea. He will also assist you on the availability of vaccines in the places you will be docking and what is absolutely required.

Carry a Hand Sanitizer Along

Most cruise lines are very strict about cleanliness. However, being extra cautious while on a ship will not hurt. Even the best scoring cruise lines are vulnerable to highly infectious diseases. It is therefore important that you carry a sanitizer and also use it before you have your meals.

Do Not Use Common Utensils

When an infection is at bay, most cruise lines will bring down the number of self-serve buffets so that those who are sick are identified and quarantined before the germs spread. Despite all the precautions, and measures that they may take, every time the ship docks, passengers are exposed to bacterial and viral infections that can spread. If someone standing in front of you in a buffet line offers a plate in courtesy, decline politely.

Do Not Share

Do not share plates, cocktails, and food with anyone on the cruise. The person may be coming down with something without showing any signs of an infection. It is best that you use your own cutlery, if you can. You may also use disposables to avoid catching an infection from a fellow passenger.

Skip Unpasteurized Foods

Unless you want to writhe in pain, avoid unpasteurized food when on a cruise. Apart from noro-viruses, there are several other viruses that can wreak havoc in your stomach. Viruses such as salmonella, listeria, and campylobacter that are found in unpasteurized eggs or dairy can cause gastro-hell. It is best you avoid unpasteurized cheese as well.

Use Your Own Restroom

Public restrooms on most luxury cruises are well-maintained and cleaned by the hour. But, unless you need to use it urgently, walk back to your cabin and use your own washroom. This will bring down the risk of contracting infections.

Despite all these precautions, if you do fall ill or get injured on a ship due to the negligence of another person or the staff, you can file for compensation. Seek the assistance of a profound personal attorney at Rosenberg, Minc, Falkoff, & Wolff of RMFW Law. Call 212 697 9280 today.

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We have won millions of dollars for previous clients; your name can be on this list. Call us today! If a cruise liner is negligent and this costs you, you deserve to be paid. Do not let this terrible situation go uncontested.

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