Cruise Critic contacted a handful of other lines sailing in the region as well to gauge concerns. According to Holland America's Mary Schimmelman, "our ship will definitely take the usual sanitary precautions -- asking guests to disinfect as they embark and disembark and refrain from those activities as noted by the International Council of Cruise Lines (ICCL) and the World Health Organization (WHO). But," she adds, "no itineraries have been affected at this point and none of our shore excursions take guests to areas and activities that would put them or our crew at risk."
Indeed, the ICCL has posted a statement on its Web site offering tips for people traveling in Vietnam, Thailand, Indonesia, Cambodia and China. Among them are the obvious -- avoiding contact with live poultry and wild birds, staying away from live animal markets and poultry farms, avoiding contact with contaminated surfaces, and not eating undercooked or raw poultry, egg or duck dishes.