For many people, a cruise is an ideal way to relax and see the world. You are surrounded by the gorgeous blue of the ocean, get waited on hand and foot, have activities and events planned for you, and are provided with a seemingly limitless supply of food and drinks—all while having the opportunity to visit multiple countries and destinations.
Although cruising has many obvious pleasures, potential health hazards are also a risk with cruise ship travel. Staying informed and preparing for these potential hazards can help you stay healthy and get the most out of your cruise vacation.
Crew members and fellow travelers often come from countries where these diseases are more common and where vaccination is not routine. Consequently, outbreaks of chickenpox and rubella (German measles) have been reported on cruise ships.
Before you travel: Vaccines
Regardless of your itinerary, you should be up-to-date on routine vaccines, such as
Discuss the cruise itinerary and your specific travel plans with your doctor. If you're stopping in a country only for a short time, or if you don't plan to leave the tourist area around the dock, certain vaccines may not be necessary.
The Greek Center of Disease Control Guideliness to Tourist Accommodation Owners, Hotels, Cruise ship enterprises, Beach Managers and Public Health Inspectors:
Greek CDC reminds to the Public Administrators of such Public places , f.e.
Public hot springs,
including boats& trains,
and also to the
enterprises of beaches, hotels,
cruise ships etc,
that the appropriate
measures that systematically need to be kept, controlled and and
checked by the management of the above facilities are :
Owners and managers of these areas should :
Watch out especially:
Inhaling the steam
is not transmitted from person to person , but is airborne and is
mainly transmitted through the fine droplets that are formed by the
air the condition functioning, and then inhaled ,in public places,
buildings , Hotels , cruise ships , public transportations , even in
banks where Greeks and foreigners of all ages and immunity conditions
often on this period of time jam
However, -and this is what tourists and hotel owners must have in mind -, the transmission of legionella is easily realized through droplets emitted by the shower, the Jacuzzi or the SPA , where the steam is intense . It might also be possible to be transmitted through washing hands practise.
Legionella hardly survives, and is not successfully transmitted, through the car air conditions or the smaller air conditioning units which are installed at homes.
Cruise ship outbreaks of nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea, primarily caused by norovirus, have been reported. often during cruise travel,
The CDC defines norovirus as “a group of related viruses … infection with these viruses causes gastroenteritis, which is inflammation of the stomach and intestines.” The symptoms include “stomach cramping, nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea.”
While on shore excursions
What about alcohol-based hand sanitizers?
Greece's summer cruise season may have delayed in 2016 to start , as the cruise lines’ executives had noted since June, but the latest Istanbul terrorist attack has eventually favored tourist traffic and passenger arrivals unpredictably, and the season seems to promise to boost more Greece’s economy than expected till now Since July 1, most of t...
“With its incredible cultural heritage and natural beauty, Greece remains a key market for the European cruise industry,”
Kyriakos Anastassiadis, CEO of Louis Cruises and Member of CLIA Europe’s Executive Committee
Greek ports have rated among the most popular ports of call in Europe with Santorini, Corfu and Mykonos taking three of the top 11 most popular “port of call” ports in Europe till now. Greece’s main port Piraeus rated as fifth most popular home port in Europe (fourth in the Med) in 2013
With its hundreds of thousands of tourists per year, the cruise industry makes a significant contribution to the Greek economy.Still, this is much lower in comparison with the Italian cruise enterprises' contibution to Italy's national economy, which reaches 4,55 bls, compared to 490 millions that is the revenue of the Greek cruise tourism up to this summer, 2016
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Follow these tips ON BOARD to help prevent the spread of illness:
Get plenty of rest, and drink lots of water. Resting helps rebuild your immune system. Drinking water helps prevent dehydration.
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