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Wednesday, April 24, 2024

Controlling Gastrointestinal Illness

Aloha Everyone,

Ship’s management is going the extra miles to control the spread of gastrointestinal illness. Announcement by the captain includes new protocols. Some of these illnesses may spread from person-to-person by touching surfaces such as handrails, door handles and elevator buttons.

The new protocols remind people of the COVID epidemic when we had to be extremely cautious including wearing masks, wash hands under a faucet regularly with soap and water and use hand sanitizers. 

On the 14th Floor Fresh Market, staff members take care of serving food, handing plates and utensils wrapped in napkins. Everything including soup and salads must be served by the staff. If you want sugar, salt and pepper, these condiments must be brought to your table. A staff member shake salt, pepper or sugar on your food then the containers are immediately removed. You can see delays in getting service and some people simply stand up and leave to avoid the agitation of waiting.

We take deep breath and compromise. It’s not worth raising our blood pressures. We are grateful that our Captain and his staff are doing excellent job of keeping us safe and healthy.

Aloha -- Cathi