When we first saw the following headline, our first reaction was to rub our eyes in disbelief, before double-checking the URL to make sure we were really on CNBC.com and not some new Onion vertical.
With an open criminal investigation in Australia and hundreds of thousands of outraged customers and their friends and family members who will likely never voluntarily board another cruise for as long as they live, Carnival Corp – the world’s biggest cruise line operator – is planning to launch its first post-corona cruises on Aug. 1, with 8 ships leaving from ports in Miami, Cape Canaveral and Galveston, Texas.
JUST IN: Carnival Cruise Line says it will begin to phase-in cruises again starting August 1 with eight of its ships leaving from Miami, Port Canaveral and Galveston. https://t.co/jn8limUSe7
— CNBC Now (@CNBCnow) May 4, 2020
The first few replies sum up what we imagine to be the sentiments of many Americans who followed the horrifying reports about what we dubbed “a nightmare at sea”: Every time a new outbreak aboard a cruise ship seemed to explode into an international incident, the cruise line was seemingly inevitably a Carnival subsidiary, particularly the “Princess Cruises” line that drew the ire of Australian public health officials and – later – prosecutors.
Ships from other Carnival subsidiaries also saw outbreaks at sea. Ultimately, dozens died and thousands were infected. Reporting from Bloomberg and the Washington Post has suggested that Carnival management was partly at fault.
Replies to the news were pretty much what we expected…
…and, like Mr. Weisenthal, we suspect there will be quite a bit of coverage when the first cruise sets sail.
What % of that first cruise in August is going to be reporters?
— Joe Weisenthal (@TheStalwart) May 4, 2020
Though we imagine more than a few bargain-hunters will jump at the opportunity as well…after all…
Most people don’t realize that as much as 90% of the medicine they use comes from China!