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Coronavirus: Whet Travel has you covered. Updated March 10, 2020.
Your health, safety, and security has always been the #1 priority to Whet Travel. As we closely monitor the Coronavirus updates, we are taking all measures the health department has provided us to protect you, our Captains. We will let you know as soon as we hear anything new throughout this event.
We would like to take note that both Groove Cruise Cali and Miami are very far in the future, and as the Coronavirus may get worse before it gets better, generally these outbreaks are seasonal and most likely will calm down. It is important to note that none of our partner cruise lines: Norwegian, Celebrity, or MSC, have had a case of the Coronavirus to date. As unfortunate as this has been to all those affected, we want to shed a light of positivity to all those who are worried within our community. Right now, all of our cruises are a go, and we cannot wait to see each and every one of you.
Yesterday the director of the National Institute of Allergies and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), Dr. Anthony Fauci, told Forbes, “If you are a healthy young person, there is no reason if you want to go on a cruise ship, go on a cruise ship. But the fact is that if you have an individual who has an underlying condition, particularly an elderly person who has an underlying condition, I would recommend strongly that they do not go on a cruise ship.” You can read the full article here.
The cruise lines we work with are multi-billion dollar public companies and they all have extremely strict guidelines for health, and have vast experience and resources with viruses and outbreaks around the world for many years. They have implemented proactive safety measures including enhanced health screening as detailed below. There has been an additional precautionary measure just added regarding required temperature screenings before embarkation. YOU are the captain and we will do everything we can to ensure you are safe healthy and have the absolute best time of your life!!
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Pre-cruise communication and additional health screening is key. We will continue to keep you updated up until each event as things continue onward.
It is important to recognize that as we monitor the world-wide developments regarding the Coronavirus, we will follow the guidelines from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) while the cruise lines extend all medical boarding questionnaires before embarkation.
The Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) which all cruise lines have implemented for prevention steps include:
Regardless of a person’s nationality, all safety measures will be applied throughout the continuation of the Coronavirus epidemic.
All of the cruise lines onboard Medical Centers and staff are qualified to handle a wide variety of medical situations that may arise. They are required to report certain symptoms such as respiratory illness to the onboard medical team, and we will ask all of our Captains to do the same.
We want to actively assure you that Whet Travel and our cruise line partners will always implement all current guidelines as well as additional safety and health measures. If you’d like to read more into this please visit the CLIA website and/or the CDC website.
We look forward to incredible sailings coming up with you Captain!
How to Prepare for the Coronavirus
Updated Feb. 26, 2020 NYT
Wash your hands. Keep a supply of medicines. Get a flu shot. Experts offer practical tips on how to get ready for an outbreak.
Experts advise people to use common sense, including frequently washing hands and getting the flu vaccine.
Federal health officials have warned that the coronavirus is likely to appear in communities in the United States. If it does, what can you do to protect yourself and your family?
Much of the advice from experts is common sense, and not much different from what you would do to dodge the flu or any other respiratory virus.
“The mantra is, ‘Keep calm and carry on,’” said Dr. Marguerite Neill, an infectious disease expert at Brown University.
Answers to your most common questions about Coronavirus: