Should I go on a cruise as Coronavirus spreads?

Cruises are the perfect getaway for those who are bored by the mundane routines life has at stake. The sea, the activities in the ship, and the feeling of floating in the water can be ideal for those who like adding a bit of spice into their lives. With the recent outbreak of the infamous Coronavirus (COVID-19)  it can be uncomfortable to make such travel decisions.

I think there's an extremely low risk of getting novel coronavirus on a cruise ship, said Dr John Lynch, who has specialities in infectious disease and travel medicine at University of Washington School of Medicine. 

Dr John Lynch

The human tendency to enhance the outbreak of the virus phenomena is gigantic. The chances you will catch this virus are lower than you might think, so pack your bags and take a trip that can ultimately change your life

So the question now is:

Which cruises are super safe to travel in?

The below-listed Cruise lines have already taken restrictions as to who can come on board. They have banned boarding to any person who has travelled from, to or through China, Hong Kong, Macau, Italy, or South Korea 15 days prior to embarkation. 

  1. Carnival Cruise Line, MSC Cruises, Royal Caribbean International, Hapag-Lloyd Cruises, Regent Seven Seas Cruises, Silversea Cruises, Silversea Cruises, Cunard Line, Princess Cruises, Paul Gauguin Cruises

Carnival Cruise Lines has even introduced the enhanced screening, prevention, and control measures for our ships, guests, and crew.

Apart from the above-mentioned restriction, these Cruise Lines have also banned boarding to any person who, within 14 days before embarkation, have had close contact with anyone suspected or diagnosed as having Coronavirus (COVID-19), or who is currently subject to health monitoring for possible exposure to coronavirus. 

Celebrity Cruises, Costa Cruises Disney Cruise Line, Holland America Line, Norwegian Cruise Line, Azamara, Oceania Cruises, Viking Ocean Cruises, Windstar Cruises, Amadeus, AmaWaterways, American Cruise Lines, American Queen Steamboat Company, Avalon Waterways, Crystal River Cruises, Emerald Waterways, Grand Circle Cruises, Tauck River Cruises, Seabourn Cruise Line, and Viking River Cruises.

Some Cruise Lines have modified their itineraries accordingly, by removing certain countries from their schedule. Princess Cruises and Crystal Cruises have removed voyages into Italy until further notice!

In Conclusion

As long as you wash hands frequently, cover your nose and mouth when coughing, and avoid close contact with people, you will be fine. Not only will you be fine, but you will also enjoy your cruise to the fullest, with all the beautiful amenities they provide.

I don't see any reason not to go. The chances of you running into a person with the virus are low unless you’re a health care professional and you’re going to work in a hospital.

Chris Gray Faust, the managing editor of Cruise Critic, an online cruise community and review

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