Here at YourHolidayClaims, we often speak to holidaymakers whose dream cruise holidays have been ruined by an outbreak of sickness.
Unfortunately, due to the confined nature of cruise ships, illness can spread incredibly quickly. This can lead to passengers affected by symptoms of illness spending days confined to their cabin.
However, there are steps you can take to help you avoid illness on a cruise ship holiday.
What causes illness outbreaks on cruise ships?
Knowing the common causes of illness outbreaks on cruise ships will help you take steps to avoid them.
In most cases, norovirus is responsible for large outbreaks of sickness on board cruise ships. Norovirus can lead to symptoms of vomiting and diarrhoea and is often passed on by touching contaminated surfaces such as handrails or eating utensils.
Practise perfect hygiene
It may sound like simple advice but common hygiene practices such as washing your hands regularly can help you avoid cases of illness on a cruise ship. As norovirus can be passed on through touching contaminated surfaces, this can help to protect yourself and others.
Stick to bottled water
When you take a cruise holiday it is vital to stay well hydrated. Not only can this help you avoid illness, it can help if you are affected by an illness such as norovirus. Whenever you suffer symptoms such as vomiting and diarrhoea, you will be at risk of dehydration. Drinking plenty of water can help you avoid complications should you fall ill.
However, it is vital that you stick to bottled water. As most of us now know, it is not always safe to drink local water. As a cruise holiday will visit a number of destinations in a short space of time, it is always recommended to stick to bottled water.
If you do fall ill, report it
Missing just a few days of a long awaited holiday can be incredibly frustrating. However, if you do begin to suffer symptoms of sickness and diarrhoea on a cruise ship you should report your illness and stay in your cabin.
Not only will plenty of rest help you recover from your illness, but you will protect your fellow passengers.
Speak to the experts at YourHolidayClaims
If youve been affected by sickness on board a cruise ship and the proper hygiene practices were not put in place by the cruise operator, you could be entitled to make a claim for compensation.
At YourHolidayClaims, our specialist solicitors can quickly advise on whether you may have a legal right to bring a claim for the illness you suffered.
You can talk to our dedicated holiday claims by calling us now on 0330 100 2851.
Or, if youd like to arrange a call back with a member of our team, you can start your claim online.