A Canceled Reservation

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I was expecting InnMate Joey and her husband to stay with us Friday night. However, just got an e-mail from her that she's on the dreaded NoroVirius cruise ship! They're pulling in two days early. Over 600 people are sick on the ship, including her and DH. She wanted me to make sure to tell you all. 

Poor thing! This was to be a special anniversary celebration! crying The cruise line gave them free WiFi access and that's how she was able to send me an e-mail. I told her that I hope she gets more than that!! 

 

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We did mention coming from the "barge" to one person and they backed away from us... 

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Don't say that. we're on a cruise from 15th Feb.

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I shared this today:

 

Sentiment from a survivor of the Royal Caribbean Norovirus

Explorer of the Seas passenger sentiment (from two who had the illness, thank you Royal Caribbean for taking care of us) …oh to sail into New York Harbor and see Lady Liberty with outstretched arm…and the Freedom Tower. God Bless America.

Feel free to pass this on…good news doesn't “spread” as fast as bad news, but this is good news!

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JB is back home. Now. At her PC, in her pj bottoms taking care of business. Feeling fine. yesterday we ate and said "YUM!" so that was good. The first time food tasted like anything in over a week. This morning I had my first real coffee, good coffee, strong coffee...I am pleased.

I wont go into all the details, it was really bad. The cruise line were amazing, Royal Caribbean, compassionate and did everything they could! One day I asked about bell pepper in a dish and was told in reply "I don't know, but if you come up to the piano bar at 10pm I DO know the lyrics to many billy joel songs..." chuckle. Everyone was lending a hand and helping out, the singers, dancers and comedians were all serving food and cleaning.  The CNN reports were crap, like they always are. Oops did I say crap, that was either a Gillum-ism or an ironic slip.

Basically we go sick, very sick. Most everyone got sick. More than has been reported, more than 700+. We were unable to go to our first stop as we were quarantined, we went to Pto Rico, then St Thomas and turned around and came home... The Capt and all staff were amazing.

Meanwhile back in dodge, all these people who came back 2 days early (like us) could not just board a flight. Even if there WAS a flight, they would not allow people to fly. Good isn't it! Smart thinking. They put people up at hotels. The  bused many of them to hotels enmasse, as of course, the Super Bowl is coming...soon. And the hotels are filled.  The ship was clean, it has a 98% cleanliness rating before we left Port Liberty. Someone brought it on board, most likely someone serving food in the kitchen to spread it so wide.

The ship has so many foreign on it, from Portuguese to Dutch etc, and a huge Jersey contingent. I love these folks, picture granny and grandpa only TOUGHER.  They said things like "Eh, we survived our house being washed into the ocean from sandy, we can survive this!"

One example that made me laugh was an old New Joisey couple. He sat at the table and she walked up with a glass of ice water (read it with an accent and an attitude):

            "Here ya go" she said, placing the cup on the table "here's your watuh"

           "Whut? No lemun? Where are my lemuns?" he says.

            "You want lemons? Then sit right there and I will go GET YOUR DAMN LEMONS!" says as she wanders off...

We just laughed, it was funny. It is all funny.

Coming home to see the face and outstretched arm of the Statue of Liberty was the highlight of the whole trip. Seeing the NY Skyline and Freedom Tower. It was something special to me, and transported me back to the days of our forefathers and how they must have felt finally arriving in America. It was symbolic for me, chokes me up thinking about. Sometimes we forget where we came from...it sure made me thankful.

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So glad you are ok. Nice to hear an "insider's take on all of this."  I figured it had to have come from food...what else travels that fast?  Don't answer Sugar Bear...just a phrase Eye-wink

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EmptyNest wrote:

So glad you are ok. Nice to hear an "insider's take on all of this."  I figured it had to have come from food...what else travels that fast?  Don't answer Sugar Bear...just a phrase Eye-wink

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Sorry about the trip. Glad you are home safe.

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Glad you are home and feeling better. I had been practicing to sanitize crap before we went on the road trip. I am soooo sorry your very special anniversary will be remembered more for this than for the milestone itself. The 50th will be better.

(BTW DH cannot remember what we did for our 25th either so it must have been special - NOT. The only thing we know for sure is we were here.)

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I've only been on one cruise and really enjoyed it.  I expected to go again some day, but so much has been happening with them lately.  It's a little scary

And then this - http://us.cnn.com/2014/01/30/travel/princess-cruises-illness/index.html?hpt=hp_t2

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Okay, let me explain something, this isn't caused by the cruise lines. Yes, they can do something to improve the situation, but so can the whole world. Norovirus is transmitted by hand to hand contact and it can live on surfaces for up to 2 weeks. Thick about that the next time you go to an airport, casino, hotel or shopping mall.

What can the world do to improve the situation? What can the cruise lines do to improve the situation? What can restaurants do to improve the situation? Change the bathrooms. Yup. The sinks for bathrooms shouldn't be in the bathrooms but actually outside of the bathrooms, where everyone can see that you wash your hands. There is nothing that removes viruses better than soap and water. 

People don't wash their hands often enough. That alcohol stuff? It's 55% effective on norovirus. So basically your hands are 55% clean... not good enough for me. 

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Oh boy....according to the news, looks like they'll just be charged 50%....and get a 50% off coupon for their NEXT wonderful cruise experience.  Maybe run aground? Tomaine? Psycho crew member?   Who knows.

Maybe the 50% coupon will show up on e Bay.  Any bidders?

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Sure! Plenty. As I said, I've done two dozen and never been sick and the only incident has been minor. I have two more booked. And frankly, there are a few extraordinary cruises that I would get on in a heartbeat.

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OH NO!!! I hope she didn't get sick. What a terrible thing to happen on vacation!

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egoodell wrote:

OH NO!!! I hope she didn't get sick. What a terrible thing to happen on vacation!

Riki

Unfortunately, they both got sick!

The news is now stating there were more than 600 people who got sick.

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In this case misery does not love company!   It's just not fair!  There is no way I would ever go on a cruise...stuck on the ship with 600 sick folks or at worst, floating around waiting for help to rescue us.  Nope...I'm a land lubber for sure.

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You won't catch me on any cruise ship. I had friends who went on a river cruise on the Rhine and the whole ship got sick ..YUK! Cruise wasn't cancelled but no one enjoyed the trip very much. Heck I don't even want to be stuck in an airplane with all those recirculating germs. YUK!

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Yes, but as I said, only ships have to report. You could be at a convention centre that has the same stats and never know it. Or a hotel. And yes, it's pretty rampant in airports too.

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That is exactly the reason we do not vacation at convention centers, or hotels.  Crowds of people no longer add any excitement to my life!  We really do not like airports or planes, but they represent a necessary evil as far as I am concerned.  

Now a wonderful B+B?   That sounds like nirvana!  

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Between this and the last cruise fiasco (JB was supposed to be on the ship that caught fire and everything got cancelled), they've had lightening strike twice! I've been on more cruises than I have fingers and nothing has ever happened. Dumb luck I guess!

Not a fun way to celebrate your 25th. crying

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I've been on more than two dozen (and have two more booked) and other than hitting a storm once (we had to stay out at sea an extra day) nothing. Maybe she should start leaving out of SJU. Never had anything bad happen on a cruise leaving from SJU and the ports are nicer anyway.

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Sugar Bear wrote:

I've been on more than two dozen (and have two more booked) and other than hitting a storm once (we had to stay out at sea an extra day) nothing. Maybe she should start leaving out of SJU. Never had anything bad happen on a cruise leaving from SJU and the ports are nicer anyway.

 

I'm with you Sugar Bear I love cruises!

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I've got a 13 night transatlantic cruise in April! Que sera, sera.

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Enjoy it! The first time we did that Transatlantic, the captain missed the ship and the staff captain had to take us across the Atlantic instead.

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Muirford said she was on that cruise the other day. I was hoping she was wrong..OH MY poor JB and hubby. What a way to remember your anniversary!

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sad  We had it on one of our cruises, 1/3 of the ship was sick.  We felt better after 24-36 hrs, the rest of the cruise they were extra clean wiping down everything, serving on the buffet lines instead of serve yourself. 
Personally, we felt that it was more food poisoning than the Virus.  Everyone we talked to that had been sick had eaten the same 'special' they had served in the dining room - it was a tomato sauce dish and we were 'tasting' it all evening before it hit!  Uggg. 
Hope JB and hubby are feeling better now. 

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Yikes! Never good to be near that. It's funny, but no one else other than cruise ships have to report it. It's problematic anywhere you have a lot of people, old age homes, hotels, shopping centres, etc. Anywhere where people congregate, especially since so many people don't wash their hands often enough.

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Oh no! I was hoping they were not among the sick!

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Me too. The first pic I saw on FB I thought they had not been affected and then I scrolled down a bit more and saw they HAD been. Felt stupid for my first comment. UGH! I will stick with windjammers - fewer people and more FRESH air.

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