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PostPosted: Mon May 29, 2006 10:39 pm    Post subject: Useful article for those going on a cruise... Reply with quote

This is from the Coast Guard and talks about what a cruise ship is required to do to maintain the ship.

I find it interesting that they are not mandated to have a doctor aboard.... That they do it to be competitive and offer something that others dont.... Make sure your next cruise has a doctor!
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 06, 2006 5:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

What concerns me about these cruise ships is the mysterious diseases that sometimes break out. Then they have to come in and srub down all of the surfaces and disinfect everything. Tough on the cruise lines but definitely tough on the passengers. Look at this article that came out a few years ago:

Ocean Sickness
By: By Sean Jackman
Issue date: 1/14/03 Section: Nation & World

Many people are afflicted with the malady "ocean sickness", but what if your sickness originated with the vessel itself? For the third consecutive week, passengers aboard a cruise ship have complained of ill feelings they obtained while onboard.

One such cruise ship, the Fascination, owned by Carnival Cruise Lines, docked in Miami Monday December 3. About 200 passengers and crew members complained of gastrointestinal pains upon disembarking. Over 1,000 people had already complained of such symptoms from two other ships prior to this.

Health officials from the federal Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta are investigating to see if the Norwalk virus, which attacked the first 1000 people, is also the culprit in the latest sweep of sicknesses.

Another Carnival Cruise ship, Holland America Line's Amsterdam, stated that over 500 people fell victim to the virus in its past four voyages.

Radisson Seven Seas Cruises' ship, the Seven Seas Mariner, reported a minor outbreak of suspected salmonella when they too docked on Monday at Port Everglades in Florida. The bacteria reportedly sickened over 20 of the over 1000 people on board.

Disney's cruise ship, the Magic, reported nearly 500 passengers and crew falling ill in their past two voyages...
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