Friday, January 7, 2011

Radiance OTS Departure Delayed

Important Updates

Delay - Radiance of the Seas

January 7, 2011
1100 a.m. E.S.T

During Radiance of the Seas' last sailing, a number of guests onboard experienced some gastrointestinal illness. At Royal Caribbean International, we have high health standards for all our guests and crew. Therefore, in an abundance of caution, tomorrow we will conduct some enhanced sanitizing onboard the ship and within the cruise terminal to help prevent any illness from affecting the next sailing.

Because of this enhanced sanitation, the boarding process for Radiance of the Seas is now anticipated to begin at 6:00 p.m. We apologize in advance for this delay to the boarding process and we thank you our guests for their understanding.

Parking and seating at in the cruise terminal is very limited. Therefore, guest should not arrive at the pier on Saturday before 5:00 p.m. Regrettably, due to the limited facilities and seating area, we must turn away any car that arrives at the terminal before 5:00 p.m. We kindly ask that guests arrive at the terminal between 5:00 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. for check-in and boarding.

If you have experienced any gastrointestinal symptoms within the last three days, we ask that you please consider rescheduling your cruise.

Norovirus is an extremely common gastrointestinal illness, and only the common cold is more prevalent. According to health specialists, about 300 million people in the world are affected by norovirus every year.

The health and well-being of our guests is very important to us and we believe that these additional measures will further assist in ensuring that our guests' vacation experience is a fun, relaxing and healthy experience.


Facts About Noroviruses on Cruise Ships  -  gastrointestinal (GI) illnesses can be prevented

Wash hands often. Wash hands after using the bathroom or changing diapers and before eating or preparing food.  Use alcohol-based hand sanitizer along with hand washing.

Norovirus outbreaks, when they occur on a cruise ship, always make the news.  The truth is these outbreaks can occur anywhere there are groups of people in a small area such as nursing homes, restaurants, catered events, hotels, and cruise ships.

Vessel Sanitation Program - prevention and control of spread of gastrointestinal (GI) illnesses on cruise ships

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