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Cruise Travelers  to Greece, Remember Health Safety tips On Board  

For many people, a cruise is an ideal way to relax and see the world. You are surrounded by the gorgeous blue of the ocean, get waited on hand and foot, have activities and events planned for you, and are provided with a seemingly limitless supply of food and drinks—all while having the opportunity to visit multiple countries and destinations.

Although cruising has many obvious pleasures, potential health hazards are also a risk with cruise ship travel. Staying informed and preparing for these potential hazards can help you stay healthy and get the most out of your cruise vacation.

Crew members and fellow travelers often come from countries where these diseases are more common and where vaccination is not routine. Consequently, outbreaks of chickenpox and rubella (German measles) have been reported on cruise ships.

Cruise tips

Before you travel: Vaccines 

Regardless of your itinerary, you should be up-to-date on routine vaccines, such as




 varicella, and 

seasonal flu. 

Discuss the cruise itinerary and your specific travel plans with your doctor. If you're stopping in a country only for a short time, or if you don't plan to leave the tourist area around the dock, certain vaccines may not be necessary.

If you are feeling sick before your voyage, 
  • ask your cruise line if alternative cruising options are available. 
  • Consult your doctor to find out whether it is safe for you to sail. 

during your trip  

1. the aircondition

be Aware in Jacouzi, old showers,

public spas,

AND NOT ONLY The Greek CDC Alert on Legionella for cruiseships and



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  • Greece, being a warm Mediterranean country, meets all the factors and criteria for the occurrence of legionella infections,
as it happens in warm climates that keep in with high temperatures for long seasons through the extended use of air conditioners that may spread the infection
on public places and especially in hotels and tourist accommodation areas.

The Greek Center of Disease Control Guideliness to Tourist Accommodation Owners, Hotels, Cruise ship enterprises, Beach Managers and Public Health Inspectors:

Greek CDC reminds to the Public Administrators of such Public places , f.e.


Recreational waters,

Public Beaches,

Public hot springs,

public transportations,

including boats& trains,

and also to the enterprises of beaches, hotels,

cruise ships etc,

that thappropriate measures that systematically need to be kept, controlled and and checked by the management of the above facilities are :


  • Plumbing and air conditioning facilities in hotels, spas, lounges, transportation, cruise ships, but also Hospitals and health care centers have to meet the the proper safety functining standards .

Owners and managers of these areas should :

  • Prevent leaks in air conditioning systems, which they should check often, more than once a month.

  • Select and apply the proper disinfecting methods regularly.

  • Perform Regular inspections to samplings of water.

  • Provide the technical means to ensure permanent disinfection of the network.

  • Ensure the avoidance of nodes of infections throughout the networks that promote the development of limescale and impurities especially on the parts of the water networks were the temperature of the water fluctuates


Watch out especially:

Inhaling the steam

Legionella is not transmitted from person to person , but is airborne and is mainly transmitted through the fine droplets that are formed by the air the condition functioning, and then inhaled ,in public places, buildings , Hotels , cruise ships , public transportations , even in banks where Greeks and foreigners of all ages and immunity conditions often on this period of time jam


However, -and this is what tourists and hotel owners must have in mind -, the transmission of legionella is easily realized through droplets emitted by the shower, the Jacuzzi or the SPA , where the steam is intense . It might also be possible to be transmitted through washing hands practise.

Legionella hardly survives, and is not successfully transmitted, through the car air conditions or the smaller air conditioning units which are installed at homes.

2. the pool

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. Did you know germs could be lurking anywhere you swim or play in the water
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3. the food and drink

Nausea, Vomiting, and Diarrhea

Cruise ship outbreaks of nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea, primarily caused by norovirus, have been reported. often during cruise travel,

  The CDC defines norovirus as “a group of related viruses … infection with these viruses causes gastroenteritis, which is inflammation of the stomach and intestines.” The symptoms include “stomach cramping, nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea.”   

While on shore excursions

  • eat only food that is cooked and served hot, 
  • drink only beverages from sealed containers, 
  • avoid ice, 
  • and eat fresh fruit only if you have washed it with clean water and peeled it yourself.

Traveling on cruise ships exposes people to new environments and high volumes of people, including other travelers.

This exposure can create the risk for illness from contaminated food, or water or, more commonly, through person-to-person contact.
  • Leave the area if you see someone get sick (vomiting or diarrhea).

  • Report it to cruise staff, if not already notified.

You could get sick if you ingest germs that travel on surfaces or through the air.

Safe food Not Diarrhea Special greek2m Page

4.Best way of Prevention: Wash your hands  

When to wash your hands:


  • Touching your hand to your mouth, including:
    • Eating and drinking,
    • Smoking, and
    • Brushing your teeth.
  • Helping a sick person.


  • Going to the bathroom.
  • Changing diapers.
  • Touching high-hand contact surfaces, such as:
    • Door knobs,
    • Elevator buttons, and
    • Railings.
  • Returning to your cabin.
  • Helping a sick person.
  • Blowing your nose.
How to wash your hands:
  1. Wet your hands with warm water.
  2. Apply a generous amount of soap.
  3. Rub your hands together for 20 seconds.
  4. Rinse your hands.
  5. Dry your hands with a paper towel.
  6. Use the paper towel to turn off the faucet and open the door.

What about alcohol-based hand sanitizers?

  • CDC recommends that cruise ship passengers use warm water and soap to wash their hands. Washing is always best.
  • If water and soap are NOT available (perhaps on excursions), use an ethanol alcohol-based hand sanitizer, preferably in a gel form. The sanitizer should be at least 60% ethanol.

5. Report an Emergency 

If you feel sick during your voyage, 
  • report your symptoms to the ship’s medical facility and follow their recommendations.
  •  stay in your room until your symptoms are gone.  

Greek CDC Alert 

   Operations Center Office for Risk Assessment and Response to Public Health Threats  

 +30.210.5212054  (Operating 24h/7d)

For more information about nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea on cruise ships, visit
CDC’s Vessel Sanitation Program website.
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