5 Ways To Protect Yourself From The Zika Virus During Your Cruise

Media across the globe has been reporting on the growing Zika virus which affects newborns. The virus can spread from certain types of Mosquito, this Mosquito can be found in hot climates including South America, Central America, Mexico, and the Caribbean. As we all know the Caribbean and Mexico are popular regions for cruise ships and now pregnant women are getting worried about their upcoming cruise.

If you still want to cruise here are some ways to help protect yourself from those potential Mosquito bites and not let the Zika virus worry you. We’re not saying you’re not at risk but if you are going ahead with your cruise then we want you to enjoy it and not let this virus ruin it.

Mosquito Trap

First of all, it can be difficult for mosquitos to even get on the ship. The ship’s gangway where passengers go through when calling at a destination features a Mosquito trap. By having a trap at the gangway they are unable to fly onboard from these hot tropical destinations.


When the cruise ship is in port and you are outside on land there are several ways to protect yourself from getting a Mosquito bite. The most obvious is Mosquito (insect) repellent which can be purchased from the ship’s gift shops. Try and wear loose clothing that can protect your skin like cover-ups, hats, socks, long pants and shirts. Also, keep in mind that Mosquitoes can be attracted by dark color clothing so try to keep wearing white clothing or as near to white as possible.

Apple Cider Vinegar

You could try drinking Apple Cider Vinegar which can help keep the Mosquitos away. According to Natural Living Ideas you should “add one or two tablespoons of ACV to 16oz of water and consume. Sweeten with one tablespoon of honey to counteract the bitterness” Maybe the bar staff can help you out getting this drink sorted.


If you’re in port but still on the ship then keep your balcony doors closed, if there is a controller for your rooms air conditioning then crank it up to high. This will make the room too cold for any kind of Mosquito. Try to stay away from the open decks, if you can’t then try covering up with a towel and use some of the suggestions above.

Stay Cool

Mosquitos love people who sweat and are hot. Try to stay as cool as possible, use the swimming pool to your advantage but don’t forget to cover up when you get out. If you’re out of breath you will exhale more carbon dioxide which will attract mosquitos.

Feel free to add your own suggestions in the comments below. If you are pregnant and worried about the Zika virus then it would be best to cancel your cruise. Cruise lines are aware of the growing threat and it’s suggested you contact them regarding your concerns.

Emrys Thakkar
Emrys Thakkar
The founder of Cruise Hive which was established in 2008 as one of the earliest cruise blogs in the industry. Emrys has been reporting on the latest cruise industry news since the site first launched. Expert insights and tips featured on a number of publications including The Express, Business Insider, and more. Worked for Carnival Cruise Line for 8 years and is well and truly dedicated to cruising! Has also been on a number of cruises so can offer an insight into the industry that many will not be able to do. What's even more impressive is that Emrys has traveled the world by visiting more than 34 countries, lived in China for 8 years, and cruised the Caribbean, Baltic, Mediterranean, Asia, and Europe. Find out more about us here.


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