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Travel Tip: How to Stay Healthy at Sea

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You may have heard recent reports of people getting sick on cruise ships. What are the risks and how can you stay healthy at sea?

The notable cases recently have involve outbreaks of norovirus. It may sound dramatic, but norovirus is nothing more than the common stomach flu. That said, the symptoms of headache, nausea and gastrointestinal problems over the course of 24 to 48 hours can really derail a vacation.

The fact is, this kind of situation is likely in any closed environment. If high-touch areas like buffets, elevator buttons and door handles are contaminated, the illness is easily transmitted. So how can you protect yourself?

It’s simple…avoid contamination. That means washing your hands frequently, using hand sanitizer, using the bathroom in your cabin instead of public spaces, and avoiding unnecessary contact with other passengers. And I mean don’t even shake hands to greet someone.

Of course, the cruise line isn’t obligated to provide any compensation, but if history is any guide, most will. Keep track of all receipts and and out-of-pocket expenses if your trip is interrupted or canceled due to an outbreak.

For more on how to stay healthy while traveling, check out our Travel and Health section.

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