This is a sign of the apocalypse: Don’t shake hands with the captain of your cruise ship.
According to a recent story in London’s Daily Mail online edition, captains have been warned about shaking hands with passengers, lest they be infected with the dreaded gastrointestinal illness that we are encouraged to believe only happens on cruise ships.
Oops. We’re guilty. We’ve met captains on almost every cruise ship we’ve been on, usually for an interview, and without fail we have shaken hands probably before and after the interviews. We may be just doing elbow bumps in the future.
The Mail’s story included this message from Crystal Cruises to its guests who may be attending a reception attended by the captain.
“While the captain is pleased to meet you, he and the other staff receiving you refrain from shaking hands in order to provide the most effective preventative sanitary measures.”
Apparently, this has been Crystal’s policy for seven years. Unlike norovirus, it hasn’t spread through the industry, but it could. Or common sense could prevail because, in the words of the Cruise Lines International Association: “You are 750 times more likely to get norovirus on land than on a cruise ship.”
There is another alternative to avoid spreading germs: Wash your hands before meeting the captain.
But that’s old-fashioned and most un-apocalyptic.
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