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(HealthDay News) -- Getting sick during a cruise can quickly ruin your fun. But since passengers are often confined to relatively small spaces, germs have a way of spreading quickly throughout cruise ships.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention offers this advice for cruise passengers:
Wash your hands frequently -- always before eating, drinking or smoking. Also wash hands after you use the restroom, or any time your hands are dirty.
If you see someone who is getting sick, stay away from that person.
Get plenty of rest and drink plenty of water.
If you become sick, report it immediately to the ship's staff.
If you become sick before you depart, see if the ship will offer a refund or alternate travel date while you recuperate.