Cruises And Coroanavirus: Why It's Still Ok To Take That Trip - Cnn

Cruises And Coroanavirus: Why It's Still Ok To Take That Trip - Cnn

Why it's still OK to take a cruise amid the coronavirus outbreak

'I wouldn't hesitate to get on a cruise boat, if that's something you like to do,' a doctor said.


'I wouldn't hesitate to get on a cruise boat, if that's something you like to do,' a doctor said.

Amid mounting concerns over the spread of novel coronavirus, many would-be passengers are asking whether it's still safe to embark on a cruise. We talk to experts about whether or not travelers should be changing their plans or taking extra precautions.

Up next (CNN) — As the novel coronavirus continues to spread, the cruise industry is under scrutiny following an outbreak that has left one ship quarantined in Asia and passengers worldwide worrying about whether they need to change their cruise plans. More than 200 people on board the Diamond Princess have been diagnosed with the disease, with hundreds more confined to quarters as the ship sits docked, but isolated, in the Japanese port of Yokohama. Another ship, the Westerdam, operated by Holland America Line, has been repeatedly turned away despite having no cases of the virus on board. After being rejected by four Asian countries, its 1,455 passengers were eventually allowed to disembark in Cambodia. The situation in Asia has already led some operators to cancel sailings in the region and raised questions over whether vacationers heading on cruises elsewhere are at heightened risk of contracting the virus. It's unlikely, experts say. "I think there's extremely low risk of getting novel coronavirus on a cruise ship," said Dr. John Lynch, who has specialties in infectious disease and travel medicine at University of Washington School of Medicine. The vast majority of cases are centered around China's Hubei province, where there's a massive containment effort to stem the virus' spread, said Lynch. Plus, cruise lines are paying close attention to where passengers are coming from and taking the threat very seriously, he said. While the close, social environment of a cruise ship is definitely vulnerable to spreading this type of infectious disease, the probability of encountering someone who has been exposed to the novel coronavirus is very low. "I wouldn't hesitate to get on a cruise boat, if that's something you like to do," Lynch said. One infected ship The Diamond Princess is currently docked in Yokohama, Japan. Charly Triballeau/AFP/Getty Images "There's only one ship out there that has had coronavirus on it. It's the Diamond Princess and that's in quarantine in Japan right now. This is the only one," said Chris Gray Faust, managing editor of Cruise Critic, an online cruise community and review site. Gray Faust is going on a Caribbean cruise in a few weeks for vacation."I don't see any reason not to go." "Cruising is one type of travel. How comfortable are you traveling right now? It's that kind of thing that everyone has to answer for themself. I think a lot of people are traveling right now still and there are still cruise ships all over the world that people are getting on every day who are not affected by this," she said. Related content Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA), the world's largest cruise industry trade organization, has 55 cruise lines with about 280 ocean cruise ships among its members. The organization has released enhanced protocols for its members in response to novel coronavirus. "CLIA members are to deny boarding to all persons who have traveled from, visited or transited via airports in China, including Hong Kong and Macau, within 14 days before embarkation," one of the guidelines reads. Denied boarding for anyone who has had close contact with anyone suspected to have coronavirus and pre-boarding screening are also outlined. Individual cruise lines also have their own policies and screening procedures to guard against introducing the illness. Asia travel concerns The Westerdam was denied entry by four countries before being allowed to dock in Cambodia. Heng Sinith/AP Travel advisers are seeing the most concern among travelers with trips planned to Asia in the next few months. In Cruise Critic's online forums, people on the same sailings are very actively chatting with each other about compensation offers and other provisions for itineraries in heavily impacted spots. "As with all travel, people have different levels of comfort," Gray Faust said. Generally speaking, people from the United States taking cruises in Asia are fairly experienced travelers. "They understand a little bit more about how the lines work, about the type of compensation that they are expecting and allowed and they have travel agents who are able to help them change their plans," she said. Travel insurance policies typically do not cover illness outbreaks like novel coronavirus, unless the policy includes"cancel for any reason" coverage. Gray Faust advises travelers who are concerned to bump up their travel insurance to include that extra cancellation protection. Related content Best new cruise ships for 2020 Angel Wilson, a travel adviser at Dream Journeys in Indianapolis, is seeing the same thing. Asia is the only area where Wilson has seen real concern among clients. "If somebody is set to go to Asia, then they're a little more concerned, but if they're looking at anywhere else -- the Caribbean, Hawaii, Alaska, Europe -- they're ready to go," says Wilson. Even in Asia, Lynch notes, the probability of encountering someone who has been exposed to the virus, is asymptomatic upon getting on the ship and develops symptoms over the course of a trip is"really, really low." Wilson cruises quite frequently and she has a lot of clients who are frequent cruisers."If you see any fear, it's usually in people who don't cruise at all or in those who have maybe cruised once or twice and it makes them nervous." "I find that whether it's coronavirus or anything else, when something happens on a cruise ship that makes big headlines, that's when we see people who don't cruise at all saying, 'see, that's another reason that I'm never going to take a cruise.'" Sailing on Diamond Princess It's hoped the Diamond Princess will return to service soon. Kazuhiro Nogi/AFP/Getty Images Wilson herself has a spring break trip in Japan planned with her mother and daughter aboard Diamond Princess, the ship quarantined in Yokohama, Japan, with more than 3,700 passengers and crew aboard. By Thursday, 219 people were infected with novel coronavirus, making it the largest outbreak outside of mainland China. Related content 15 biggest cruise ships in the world Wilson is hoping her March 24 sailing goes on as scheduled, and said she's not worried about getting on the same ship that has been quarantined. She has sailed Princess before and is certified at the highest level to sell Princess cruises,"so I trust that they'll have everything cleaned up and be good to go before they ever let passengers back on the ship," Wilson said. Her family is eager to go. In fact, if Diamond Princess doesn't come out of quarantine in time for their cruise, Wilson and her family will probably still go to Japan because they already have flights. They'll make it a land trip, she said. Hand hygiene is key Anyone who's traveling in tight quarters -- airplanes, cruise ships and so on -- really benefits from good hand hygiene. Alcohol-based sanitizers or soap and warm water used frequently and thoroughly throughout the day have a big impact, Lynch said. "The cruise lines always have people ... that are either directing you over to the sink, or they have hand sanitizer in their hands and they're trying to squirt your hands with it," Wilson said."And people will try and sidestep them and just go in anyway. Don't do that." Related content Best new cruise ships for 2020 You might have just washed your hands in your stateroom or in a restroom, but there are all kinds of surfaces you may have touched since -- the rail on the stairs or a button in the elevator on your way to lunch. "Whenever you see the bottle of hand sanitizer, use it," Wilson said. Good hand hygiene is going to do way more than wearing a mask or worrying about people from mainland China who might be infected, Lynch said. While there are times when masks can be useful for symptomatic people, wearing them widely doesn't provide reliable protection, particularly when the mask is repeatedly removed and set down because the risk of contamination increases as the mask is handled. "So I wouldn't spend my cruise week with a mask on," he said. Read more: CNN

I’ll pass. I’m not even eating Chinese food right now. That's a hard pass, thanks On December 31, 2019, the first case of Wuhan coronavirus (2019-nCoV) was reported. By mid-February 2020, it reached a mild-pandemic level that had killed more than 1,000 people in China and the world over. Facts CoronavirusOutbreak

I wouldn’t get on a cruise if I won a trip. Ethically it is NOT OK to take a cruise ship, considering one single trip of a cruise ship can consume up to 0.82 tonnes of carbon dioxide-equivalent (about the amount one citizen in an industrialized country produces in 1 month) Because he is getting paid by the Ship Cruising Companies. What else would he say!

این کشتی رو هنوز رها نکردن که بره ؟! رها رها رها من... Not certain the public sees any wisdom there ... maybe go for a picnic in the park. How much did he get paid? Coronavirus surely has threatened, family, social activities...just name it. What cruise ship owning billionaire paid for this story to be run?

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I’m not sure I would trust a doctor that calls them “cruise boats”. And thanks CNN. For once again selling out your network with these insanely fanatical articles that the birds are singing and life is great. Look at the circumstances logically, without hype, factually. Do you REALLY think getting on a cruise ship is a good idea? No, no you dont

Stop it What is this post? Cruise ships are terrible on an environmental level and aren't covered by general laws very well. Floating petri dish. The doc . should had said . ,Its still ok to take a cruise in about a years time from now , But NO this Doctor sounds like a 8 eight old , I can not believe he said that , The fool .

Idk, good luck Dr It isn’t. Fake News can never tell the truth, because they will never tell the WHOLE truth.

University of Oklahoma denounces professor who compared 'OK, Boomer' to N-word"The use of the most offensive word, by a person in a position of authority, hurt and minimized those in the classroom and beyond." idiot as a boomer with three houses spending my winters on the coast playing on my 42 sailboat.,If I cared one whit what some punk kid living in his /her parents basement said I would probably consider it a pejorative. Fascinating how the left justifies insulting one demographic while allowing and encouraging the insult of another. Yes professor you are 100% correct. It is an insult. Both phrases are insults directed at a specific subset of people, so what's the problem?

Nah, I'm good lol. I never liked the concept of an overcrowded cruise ship anyway lol. It's hard to find those that arent packed On a 737 max heading for our next cruise.... Just no. You first had me backtracking because of the 'far too common on cruise ships' norovirus. Add the potentially deadly coronavirus to the vacation destroying norovirus and that's a double doggy NO to cruise ships.

'Cruise boat ?' These things are five times the dead weight tonnage of a WWII aircraft carrier.... Uhhh... nahhhhh Yeah me too 🤥 should do a weeks worth of shows from a cruise I've always hated the idea of a cruise for several reasons but the latest news of all these passengers quarantined sealed the deal for me. I think the cruise lines are dead.

Right now hell yeah.

University of Oklahoma Professor Allegedly Claims Saying 'OK, Boomer' Is as Offensive as the N-Word'His comment and word choice are fundamentally offensive and wrong,' University of Oklahoma Interim President Joseph Harroz Jr. said At a university where “Boomer” is part of their chant? Ironic. Uh, oh. *Triggered white boomer alert* OKL Boomer

Someone is getting paid. Didn't doctors use to advertise for cigarettes? I love cruising...but I would not even consider a free cruise until this virus threat has been eradicated. My heart goes out to all those passengers stuck on the cruise ship(s). It was never a good idea to get onto an enormous cruise ship. Sure some people love it. To most it makes no sense at all and never did. Captive with plenty of sick people (kids, elderly, etc) on EVERY journey. It’s just now that it is a more serious illness.

When asked if he would go on a cruise, the doctor said 'Hell no. What do you think, I got a death wish or something?' BreakingNews Nope not gonna do it I won't even pay me Yeah, try princess diamond. Do not bullshit the American way. The cruise ship industry has a pretty bad history when it comes to diseases and breakdowns. They turn these ships around in short periods of time to make large profits. I have no confidence in getting on one.

Like I'm going to take any advice from a CNN doctor. Lmao! Because cruise lines paid CNN to say this because they’re losing business

University of Oklahoma denounces professor who compared 'OK, Boomer' to N-word'The use of the most offensive word, by a person in a position of authority, hurt and minimized those in the classroom and beyond.' Freedom of speech. Don't really give a damn either way. So many hilarious people in the world just competing for most victimized..... I get why his use of the word was wrong and agree with the school for admonishing him for using, but why is his personal opinion about the usage of the word 'boomer' also considered offensive by the school?

University Condemns Comparison of ‘OK, Boomer’ to Racial Slur by ProfessorThe University of Oklahoma condemned the remarks of a professor who told his class that “OK, Boomer” was like a racial slur for black people. In the comparison, the professor used the slur. Ok Boomer is a racist term. Perhaps he could have made his point in other ways. University of OK Boomer My dearest usa, what the fuck

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