Tips for Healthy Cruising

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Help limit the spread of gastrointestinal illness on cruise ships. Follow these tips for healthy cruising.

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Help limit the spread

Help limit the spread of gastrointestinal illness (also known as acute gastroenteritis).

Report your illness if you're sick

Before your voyage:

  • Ask your cruise line if there are alternative cruising options.
  • Consult a doctor to find out whether it is safe for you to sail.

During your voyage, call the ship's medical facility as soon as possible and follow the medical staff's recommendations.

Wash your hands often

Why: Avoid exposing yourself and others to anything that may cause illnesses and spread germs.

When: Wash your hands often but especially after using the toilet and before eating or smoking.

Take care of yourself

Get plenty of rest and drink plenty of water.

  • Resting helps rebuild your immune system.
  • Drinking water helps prevent dehydration.

If you see someone get sick (vomiting or diarrhea)...

Leave the area.

Report it to cruise staff if they are not already aware.

Learn more

Download our infographic on limiting the spread.

Did you know?‎

In 2022, approximately 12.5 million passengers embarked from North American ports for their cruise vacation.1 Traveling on cruise ships exposes people to new environments and high volumes of people, including other travelers. This exposure can create the risk for illness from contaminated food or water or, more commonly, through person-to-person contact.
  1. Cruise Lines International Association