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Old May 2nd, 2009, 10:05 AM
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I was wondering what other families are doing with this flu situation. We are booked for a may 16th 5 nite cruise that will go to to Grand Cayman and Jamaica. We have a 5 year old and I am concerned about being on a crowded ship with a child who will probably put her fingers in her mouth inadvertantly. RC will not drop rebooking penalties.

What are other families doing?

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WHile this has to be your personal decision, I am not one to panic and cancel travel. I figure that I have as great a chance of some mishap/disease here at home in the NY-NJ metropolitan area as I do on the road.

Perhaps you should carry lots of Purel around to keep cleaning your child's hands rather than cancel the cruise. Ultimiately, though, it has to be your decision and what you're most comfortable with.

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We are taking our 7 month old granddaughter. Her mom is a nurse and is not worried especially since our itinerary was changed to the Pacific Coast. We are just glad to get away.
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WHile this has to be your personal decision, I am not one to panic and cancel travel. I figure that I have as great a chance of some mishap/disease here at home in the NY-NJ metropolitan area as I do on the road.

Perhaps you should carry lots of Purel around to keep cleaning your child's hands rather than cancel the cruise. Ultimiately, though, it has to be your decision and what you're most comfortable with.

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I agree with you. We live in NY state but are currently in England visiting family. Both countries have the flu. I can be an overanxious parent (my six month old is our first) but I also take the view that you can't stop living just because of fear. He could contract the flu anywhere I guess... I'll just have to be extra careful.
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I did take my 2 children, ages 6 months at the time and 7 years, with me on 2 cruises in May, when swine flu was first being reported. My kids were fine. I'm also not one to panic, but I am VERY germophobic. I'm a healthcare worker and hand hygiene is something that I do habitually, and have taught my older son and dh. Just teach the kids to wash, wash, wash and keep lots of hand sanitizer with you. WE had our own bottles in the stroller, diaper bag, etc. and used the ships' hand stations constantly. If the kids wash their hands before eating, it will cut down on the incidence of illness. Good luck!
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Myself and my husband are from England and currently live in NY state. Dan (husband) booked a Carnival Eastern Caribbean cruise for us, my parents and our 6 month old baby. It was fine despite the strong sun etc. We were very prepared in terms of baby sunblock etc. The flu thing is over NY, England and everywhere so my point of view was that if God wanted to take my little one it could happen anywhere, but that's just me hun, I'm am optimist.
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I was wondering what other families are doing with this flu situation. We are booked for a may 16th 5 nite cruise that will go to to Grand Cayman and Jamaica. We have a 5 year old and I am concerned about being on a crowded ship with a child who will probably put her fingers in her mouth inadvertantly. RC will not drop rebooking penalties.

What are other families doing?

Thanks
I prefer to go in cruise with full family, but you should take precaution regarding health. You should have proper protection such as Respirator, Gloves, Handsanitizer etc in order to protect from flues and bacteria that affects virally. If you are having all precautionary things with you then there is no harm going to cruise.
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My kids are 5 and 3. We sailed a few months back on Eurodam and the were preparing for a noro outbreak. The cruiselines handle this quite well. They stop all access to food service utensils/drinks etc. and have crew stationed at all these areas, including those dispensing hand sanitizer at the entrances.

I was soooooo worried that my kids would get something, but we were fine.

I will note that I am a fanatic with the hand sanitizer, and was santizing them constantly!.
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