Many Rhode Islanders will not cancel cruises despite warning from Dept. of Health

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE): The U.S. Department of Public Health urged people not to travel by cruise amid the coronavirus outbreak.

However, that’s not stopping some Rhode Islanders from going on their planned cruise getaways.

“It’s just my husband and I,” Karen Gauthier, a Warwick resident said. “We are going to Louisiana for a few days and then headed on a Norwegian cruise to Cozumel, Belize, and Honduras.”

The cruise leaves on April 12th and Gauthier is not letting fears get in the way of her trip with her husband.

“We are taking all the precautions we need to take,” Gauthier said. “We are hand sanitizing, washing our hands. Got my wipes. Always got my wipes!”

Lisa Maziuk, a Warwick resident, also has a cruise booked to Bermuda with her husband in May.

“People have to live their lives and that’s my philosophy,” Maziuk said.

The Department of Health said the advisory is geared towards travelers with underlying health conditions.

This comes after 21 confirmed cases on a Grand Princess cruise ship carrying 3,500 people.

Gauthier said she is happy with how the cruise line she’s using is handling everything, including offering cancellation vouchers that are good for over a year.

“We received an email yesterday from Norwegian Cruise Line stating their boarding and screening everybody at the port,” Gauthier said. “If you’ve been to any compromised areas, you can’t board.”

For those who say it’s crazy not to cancel Gauthier has this to say:

“Stay home and be bored.. if you’re going to live your life in a bubble then do it but I’m not”

The CDC has a list of simple tips for travelers who do decide to go on a cruise ship, including avoiding contact with sick people, washing your hands, and avoiding your eyes.

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