6 foods you should never eat on a cruise

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Cruises may sound like fun, but unfortunately, it's not always smooth sailing for vacationers. Because of the close quarters, it's easy for illnesses (like Norovirus) to spread. The CDC even has "Vessel Sanitation Programs" in place to help minimize the risk of these contagious outbreaks.

Even if you're constantly Purell-ing and keeping your distance from public areas, it's quite easy to get sick --- no matter if it's food-related or airborne. Make sure you know what foods you're eating, how they're stored and how to protect yourself.

Scroll through to read about the foods you should avoid while on a cruise:

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Unpasteurized foods

Unpasteurized foods, like milk and cheeses, can contain harmful bacteria like salmonella, E. coli and listeria. The incorrect storage of unpasteurized foods makes it even more likely for bacteria to grow. 

Water

Stick to bottled water, especially when you get to the ports. Avoid tap water, because of pathogens, when you can. 

Steak

If hot foods aren't cooked and maintained at 140 degrees, harmful bacteria might not be eliminated. 

Condiments 

Condiments and heavy sauces are usually left sitting out for long periods of time, making it easier for bacteria to grow. 

Seafood 

Even if it's cooked, eating seafood on cruises is risky because of its quick expiration dates and storage requirements. You might be better off ordering seafood at the local ports because of its freshness -- but use your judgement. 

Sushi is usually not stored safely. Raw foods should be stored at at least 40 degrees, but if it's been sitting out all day, you might want to avoid it. 

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Related: The most luxurious cruise lines:

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Silversea Cruises: Silver Cloud

This is the ship that Team USA basketball is renting out for Rio 2016. It is has a card room, spa, casino, beauty salon, fitness centre, cigar and cognac corner and a panorama lounge.

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Silversea Cruises: Silver Cloud

This is the ship that Team USA basketball is renting out for Rio 2016. It is has a card room, spa, casino, beauty salon, fitness centre, cigar and cognac corner and a panorama lounge.

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Regent Seven Seas Cruises: Explorer

There are four cruise ships in Regent Seven Sea’s fleet and each is more glamorous than the next. Billed as the most luxurious ever, the Seven Seas Explorer had its maiden voyage on July 20th, 2016. The Regent Suite is 3,026 square feet and includes a 1,417 square foot wrap around balcony, in-suite spa, personal butler and more. But it won’t come cheap. A 10 night cruise this September around the Mediterranean costs $46,199 per person.

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Cunard: Queen Mary 2

Travel + Leisure recently named the Queen Mary 2 the World’s best mega-ship cruise line. The 2,592-passenger ship contains the world’s only planetarium at sea. 

The Queens Grill is the largest suite you can stay in aboard the ship. It comes with a personal butler, exclusive lounge access and restaurant. Seven nights aboard the Queen Mary 2 in September in the Mediterranean is $4,498 per person for a Queens Suite, the smallest of the Queens Grill suites.

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Cunard: Queen Mary 2

Travel + Leisure recently named the Queen Mary 2 the World’s best mega-ship cruise line. The 2,592-passenger ship contains the world’s only planetarium at sea. 

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Cunard: Queen Mary 2

The ship underwent a $100 million renovation of the ship and showed off the results in July 2016.

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Cunard: Queen Mary 2

Travel + Leisure recently named the Queen Mary 2 the World’s best mega-ship cruise line. The 2,592-passenger ship contains the world’s only planetarium at sea. 

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Seabourn Cruise Line: Soujourn

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Seabourn Cruise Line

Voted Conde Nast’s No. 1 small ship cruise line, the Seabourn is a luxurious three-yacht fleet (with two more to come!). The Seabourn Quest has received the most accolades. It caps at 450 passengers and treats its passengers to crystal chandeliers, luxury brand soaps, a marina with sailing, kayaking and banana boating right from the ship, and more.

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Seabourn Cruise Line

You can stay in this Penthouse Spa Suite aboard the Seabourn Sojourn for a 110-day trip exploring the Americas, Africa and Asia starting January 2017. This particular suite is 538 square feet and costs $102,499 per person.

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Seabourn Cruise Line: Soujourn

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Seabourn Cruise Line: Soujourn

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Seabourn Cruise Line: Soujourn

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Seabourn Cruise Line: Soujourn

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Crystal Cruises

Crystal Cruises is consistently ranked first in luxury cruise lines, including by U.S. News and World Report. There is the Crystal Symphony and Crystal Serenity.

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Crystal Cruises: Crystal Serenity 

A 11 day trip around the Mediterranean goes up to $28,615 for a Crystal Penthouse with Verandah, which is 982 square feet.

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Crystal Cruises: Crystal Serenity 

The Crystal Serenity consistently ranks first in the Conde Nast Traveler Reader's Choice 'Midsize Cruise Line.' And it is no wonder with its filmmaking classes from University of South California's School of Cinematic Arts and clinics from golf pros on the ship's driving range.

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Crystal Cruises: Crystal Serenity 

A 11 day trip around the Mediterranean goes up to $28,615 for a Crystal Penthouse with Verandah, which is 982 square feet.

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