Due to the recent Ebola Outbreak and even more recent issue aboard the Carnival Magic, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a Level 3 travel notice for US Citizens to nonessential travel to the West African nations of Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone. In an abundance of caution, Disney Cruise Line is actively verifying with arriving guests that they have been following the guidelines outline by the CDC.
We were presented with this new health questionnaire while checking in for our cruise aboard the Disney Magic earlier this morning in Puerto Rico.
The new questions are as follows:
Have you or any occupant of your stateroom traveled to Guinea, Liberia or Sierra Leone in West Africa in the last 60 days of the start of your cruise vacation? The second question asked guest if any stateroom occupant has been in direct physical contact (having cared for, lived with, or had direct contact) with a confirmed or suspected Ebola case within 60 days of the start of your cruise vacation.
This comes on the heels of an incident where a Dallas nurse who was sailing aboard the Carnival Magic may have handled Ebola samples at the Texas hospital where patient zero was recently in care. The Carnival Magic, sailing from Galveston was denied berthing in both Belize and Cozumel as a result of the quarantined passenger.
Anyone can lie on this questionnaire like the guy did who originally brought it to the U.S.
You can lie, but there could be consequences.
The bottom part of the questionnaire says, “The contents of this questionnaire may be reported to the Centers of Disease Control (CDC). Whoever knowingly and willfully makes a materially false, fictitious, or fraudulent statement or representation may be subject to a fine, imprisonment, or both, pursuant to Title 18, § 1001 of the United States Code”
Ramifications for falsified answers don’t keep ebola out of the country.
I believe some one who could have a fever (may or not even ebola) or been exposed would still cruise because they don’t want to lose their money without knowing 100%. If cruise lines were to offer rainchecks, we’d have a better chance of people being more cautious. Instead, cruise lines are sticking to the poor cancellation policies