The last thing cruisers want to worry about when travelings is getting sick. Luckily, there are ample preventative steps one can take while on vacation to make it as stress- (and germ-) free as possible.
Dr. Judi Woolger, medical director of the Executive Medicine Program at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, offers the following tips to stay healthy on your cruise vacation.
- Avoid infections by washing your hands frequently or using alcohol-based antibacterial products (which are just as effective as hand washing).
- Be attentive to high-traffic areas that are touched frequently, like doorknobs and handrails, which may carry germs.
- Get enough rest while on your cruise; about six to nine hours of sleep are recommended.
- Drink plenty of water, especially in hotter destinations.
- Eat healthily: fruits and vegetables are especially valuable for their antioxidant properties, whilst fish, nuts and avocados are a great source of healthy fats.
- Use moderation when consuming alcohol and sweets.
Additionally, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) advises that all travelers be up to the date with their vaccinations, particularly for measles/mumps/rubella, varicella, and seasonal flu, as well as for any diseases that are native to the country the ship is visiting.