It seems foolish, nay absurd, for anyone to holiday on a cruise ship amid the COVID-19 pandemic. But many people still do. They want to party, to celebrate life, against the backdrop of a beautiful blue sea. The celebration, however, can end abruptly when the coronavirus strikes — as it has so many times before.

The tragicomedy is all too familiar to Jim Walker. He is a maritime lawyer based in Miami, a major hub of the cruise industry. On his popular blog Cruise Law News, he has been closely monitoring the string of COVID-19 cases that has been plaguing the floating hotels. As to be expected from a good lawyer, he avoids sensationalism and sticks to the facts. His recent articles on the subject should give anyone planning to buy a cruise ticket a reason to pause.

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Such bad tidings are unlikely to put a stop to the cruise mania. The cruise operators have done a pretty good job of selling their holiday packages to a public that demands freedom, not restriction; pleasure, not abstinence. Who cares if the coronavirus is waiting to welcome fun-seeking passengers aboard?

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