Friday, March 6, 2020

Should You Cancel Your Upcoming Vacation Due To #Coronavirus

Today we are going to talk about the infamous Coronavirus and whether or not you should consider cancelling an upcoming vacation. There are many things to consider and you should make the decision that is best for your family. I am not giving medical advice, simply my opinion.

As a Mom to 3 children and an avid cruise lover who has a cruise booked in less than 2 months I myself am considering whether or not I should cancel our upcoming Royal Caribbean cruise. We are loyal to Royal and really do not want to cancel. We have had a cruise booked for a few months now and we are all super excited about it. Cruising is just so relaxing for everyone in the family and my absolute favorite thing about cruising is the fact that I don't have to cook for 7 straight days ya'll!!! We get waited on at every meal plus the beautiful ocean views can't be beat.

That being said, I consider myself and my family to be in great health and we take our daily vitamins plus vitamin C now. I am honestly not considering cancelling my families upcoming cruise due to the coronavirus scare.  Until today my cruise was non refundable so I was pretty much committed to going for the simple fact that we could not get a refund if we were to cancel. However, that all changed this afternoon when I read on the Royal Caribbean Blog that Royal Caribbean is now changing their cancellation policy. Now you may cancel up to 48 hours prior to your sailing and receive a credit towards a future cruise! This is great news for people who want to sail but just don't know what the future will hold. The way I see it is, coronavirus could fizzle away once the weather turns warmer and it could be old news by the end of April. If that is the case then I would feel totally confident taking our cruise. Many cruise lines have increased their cleaning and taken precautionary measures to prevent the spread of germs. I also pack Lysol and spray and wipe down our stateroom (telephone, light switches, remotes, door knobs, the counters, etc). I also always, always, always pack plenty of wipes and hand sanitizer. I was doing this before the coronavirus was even a thing ya'll. My husband used to laugh at me about it. Now he gets it!!


                          Myself and my kiddies when cruised on Oasis of the Seas back in 2017

So let's say you end up cancelling or rescheduling your cruise or vacation. You will feel better about not traveling and potentially putting your family at risk of getting sick. However, you could still get coronavirus just by going out and about to the grocery store, movie theater, riding the metro, etc. So you really need to consider if it is worth cancelling.....There are some cons to cancelling your vacation, such as you may loose your deposit depending on which cruise line you are booked with. Also you and your family will face disappointment of not being able to take that vacation (sad face).

Overall, you have to make the best decision for your family. Talk to your family doctor about it if you are unsure. Do some research on your own. Check out the islands your cruise is stopping at and see if they have had any coronavirus cases.

If you are counting down the days until your cruise like I am be sure to visit my must have items for a cruise blog post. Leave me a comment and let me know when is your next cruise?

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