If you are in the unfortunate and uncommon situation where there is a Norovirus outbreak on-board your cruise ship, you may notice staff cleaning with much more intensity than before. While generally this just involves members of the crew using stronger cleaning agents and paying more attention to surfaces in general, it may also impact you further as certain facilities may be closed for a period of time while they are deep cleaned. Buffet restaurants may be staffed by servers instead of being self-serve, information on precautionary methods may be displayed and other guests on your nightly dinner table may instead be quarantined if they are hit with symptoms themselves.
The best thing to do if your cruise ship suffers an outbreak is to simply be vigilant. Wash your hands frequently and use any anti-bacterial stations that you pass when entering a restaurant at every possible opportunity. If you do show signs of any symptoms, visit the ship’s doctor. Don’t hide hoping to avoid quarantine – it’s an unfortunate necessary and will do you good in the long run.
However it’s not something you should worry about at all. Outbreaks of norovirus are rare on cruise ships, and when they do strike they only affect a very small percentage of passengers.