Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Royal Caribbean International: Swine Flu Statement

April 27, 2009: We've been closely monitoring all developments regarding the Swine Flu, to help ensure the health and well-being of our guests and crew members. Health authorities from a variety of nations are investigating the situation and we remain keenly attuned to their progress. We maintain close working relationships with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and our industry association, and we're working in close coordination with them.

It is important to note that health authorities have not raised concerns regarding the ports of call we visit in Mexico. None of our sailings have been altered and none are scheduled to be. Our ships visiting Mexico are taking pro-active measures, such as:
  • Placing a notice in the daily, onboard newsletter to provide our guests with basic information regarding this matter.
  • Placing a letter, along with a fact sheet from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in each guest stateroom
  • Providing hand sanitizers throughout the ship.
  • And, conducting enhanced sanitizing of all high-touch areas.
We're also asking guests to follow the advice of medical experts regarding the best ways to help prevent flu and other illnesses:
  • Washing hands thoroughly with soap and hot water - often.
  • Covering the mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing.
  • Putting used tissues in waste baskets.
  • If tissues are not available, coughing or sneezing into upper sleeves, not one's hands.
Like our guests, we take all health matters seriously and we'll continue to closely follow all developments regarding the Swine Flu. Additional information regarding Swine Flu is available at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website.


Anonymous said...

This is such bummer news. Our Mariner of the Seas Cruise on May 10th has fallen victim to this shoddy excuse for a replacement itinerary. No rebooks, no refunds offered by RCCI.

Linda Coffman, AKA Cruise Diva said...

I'm really sorry to hear that, but all the cruise lines seem to be taking precautions and changing their itineraries.


Anonymous said...

31 cruise on Mariner of the Seas with large family reunion. They are offering $350.00 ship board credit per stateroom, $350.00 credit for future cruise or rebooking on future cruise or refund. I think we are going although a lot of the family is not happy to be going to cold climate!

Linda Coffman, AKA Cruise Diva said...

I'm sorry to hear you're disappointed. I would be as well. However, if you decide to go, I hope you have a wonderful time with your family--that's what a reunion is all about.

Best wishes, Linda