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Bugs on board... is it the fault of passengers or crew?

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    #16
    I have just Googled statistics and overwhelmingly passengers are more affected than crew. For example...Norwegian Gem, March this year 128 passengers only 7 crew, Balmoral, 252 passengers only 8 crew. As we are literally all in the same boat why is there such a large gap?

    As passengers we are often reminded about the need for good hand hygiene so are we not trying hard enough, or are the crew extra vigilant?..Carol

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      #17
      Bugs on board

      Originally posted by 1fifthavenue, birmingham View Post
      Just putting this out there, but from much of the news and rwviews it seems as if the issue of 'bugs on board' such as noro or gastro seems to be confined to certain lines - Fred, P&O and Carnival.

      You see in reviews about the dreaded red tape around cabin doors, people confined to their room, the hacking cough spreading round.

      A new review of Carnival Vista talks about passengers man-handling the food in the buffet, going in straight from the pool and dripping water on the food etc.

      This has got me wondering, is this the fault of the line or the passengers that germs are spread? All kinds of nasties will live in pool water, but then again shouldn't the buffet staff be telling people not to go in in their pool clothes soaking wet and not to touch the food?

      touch wood we've never experienced any issues on MSC (but then again we don't use the buffet) and have never seen cabins cordoned off
      It would appear to be mostly passengers who either let their children go around picking up food and putting it back and adults & children who don't use the gel, I have seen people avoiding the staff dishing it out on the 4 cruises I have been on and trying to insist that they are ok, but they will be the first to complain when they get it, some of the children are like their parents not house trained and while they continue to avoid the gel there are bound to be outbreaks

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        #18
        Originally posted by Carolyn, Middlesbrough View Post
        I agree Fred's ships get bad publicity about Norovirus. Some of the "more so elite" ships also suffer from it but don't seem to get the same bad press.
        http://www.travelweekly.co.uk/articl...n-court-appeal

        Annie

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          #19
          Originally posted by Guy, Ormskirk View Post
          I have just Googled statistics and overwhelmingly passengers are more affected than crew. For example...Norwegian Gem, March this year 128 passengers only 7 crew, Balmoral, 252 passengers only 8 crew. As we are literally all in the same boat why is there such a large gap?

          As passengers we are often reminded about the need for good hand hygiene so are we not trying hard enough, or are the crew extra vigilant?..Carol
          The earnings of the crew may be affected??

          Annie

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            #20
            This thread has answered a question I had wondered about for ages. Who uses the loo and doesn't flush it afterwards? Answer seems to be children.

            I have to say that when I go into such a cubicle I do flush the loo before I leave on my search for another one.

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              #21
              Originally posted by CABINET, LONDON View Post
              This thread has answered a question I had wondered about for ages. Who uses the loo and doesn't flush it afterwards? Answer seems to be children.

              .......
              I suppose that explains the relatively high incidence of NV on FO ships.

              Annie

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                #22
                The only loos in the village school I attended in the 40s-50s were across the yard; the washbasins were inside, but you were forbidden to enter the building at play/dinner time... The only hand washing was a quick dabble before dinner, under supervision.
                It's the same dabble I see in public loos in service station, pubs...and occasionally cruise ships. Fingertips only, 5 seconds at the dryer and out.
                I wonder whether this makes people of my generation less likely to wash?
                Jo.

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