Chances are, you have. The tales of norovirus outbreaks on cruise ships over the last year or so has some people wondering what goes on when there is an outbreak. Add to this the recent disaster on the Carnival Triumph, you are certain to have questioned how health concerns are handled while at sea.
Then there are questions regarding non health related issues, things like everyday planning and preparation, or just curiosity about the more interesting aspects of a cruise ship.
Because of these concerns and curiosity, the Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA), in cooperation with MSC Cruises, has put together a series of videos designed to educate the cruising public. Although the videos are produced by MSC, they are being promoted by CLIA as part of a project called ‘Cruise Industry TV‘, and are designed to give the passenger background information on how safety measures are addressed, not only from the norovirus and sanitation angle, but from the standpoint of safety and cruise ship evacuation.
A few even address some ‘fun facts’ about these giant ships, including items such as “how do you fuel this thing?’, or a look at the control and engine rooms.
The cruise industry news site ‘The Cruise Paper’ has made access to these videos simple using a single link.
Examples of the videos and subjects covered include:
- Weekly Emergency Drill
- Signs and Guidance on Board
- Disinfecting to help prevent gastrointestinal illness
- Crew & lifeboat drills
- Crew fire drills
- Night navigation and docking
- Waste management
- Marine evacuation system
- Water management
- Cruise ship medical facilities
- Food conservation and preparation
- Cruise ship hygiene and cleaning
- Guest emergency drills on cruise ships
- Engine & control room on cruise ships
CLIA says this is the first part of an ongoing series that will help the public understand what goes on behind the scenes in today’s cruise industry.
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