Norovirus strikes again at Royal Caribbean

Despite Royal Caribbean’s best attempt to rid the high seas of the nasty, despicable norovirus, all 5 of us just contracted it on the Freedom of the Seas – the largest cruise ship in the world.

The ship itself was spectacular. Boarding this magnificent vessel I noticed marble everywhere, spiral staircases lit-up onto the Promenade deck, featuring shops and restaurants and side walk cafes. Yet as we made our way into the ship, what caught my eye most was a shocker! Everywhere you looked, there were round looking globes, standing upright on white pedestals, with anti-bacterial germ fighting fluid inside each ball. You simply ran your hands under the laser beam and it automatically squirts out disinfectant into your hands. Every doorway, every food station, every bar area had these light blue germ desanitizing balls present.

And now - I can’t believe it, after waiting 15 months (not days but months) for our long awaited first time family cruise … it ended with contracting this high seas neurovirus and being quarantined. Yes, for 72 miserable hours my husband, I and our 3 kids were confined to our cabin. Even housekeeping wouldn’t enter - so guess who got to clean-up after all 5 of us? That’s right … none other than good old MOM, me.

Freedom of the Seas – ha, more like confinement in my cabin!

Ring a ding ding … “Room service please. Hello, I’d like to order your special gastrointestinal diet please for people with the neurovirus.”

“Yes, we are under quarantine”

“Yes, please give us our dry toast, plain white rice, bananas, apple sauce and Gatorade.”
For two days … this is what we lived on. YUCK.

Oh … and then the very kind Norwegian ship’s doctor turns to me in-between my mad-dashes to the bathroom and asks, “Would you like a shot in the behind, or a suppository?” The first round I chose the Phenergan in the form of a shot in my left cheek. WOW, did it burn and sting. Because I was double blessed with cleaning up after all my kids, plus being sick myself, that at 2 a.m. I wondered back to the kind doctor for a Compazine cocktail in my right cheek.

The staff on-board the ship was great, and extremely sympathetic. They offered us free in-room movies and to do our laundry for free. They even went so far as to bring a portable play-station into our room with a whole case of game cd’s to try to keep our kids pre-occupied. When we called up asking for clean towels, we had them within minutes. The staff really did bend over backwards to help make our recovery better. Even the doctor’s charges and the shots were on the house!

Given all the bad publicity over the last several weeks about the cruise line industry having to dock several ships due to rampant norovirus outbreaks, we were very well aware of how careful we had to be. Nevertheless, we still got it.

I guess just like the captain of a ship, this norovirus also has to run its own course.

Despite Royal Caribbean’s best attempt to rid the high seas of the nasty, despicable norovirus, all 5 of us just contracted it on the Freedom of the Seas – the largest cruise ship in the world.

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