What Happens When a Virus Runs Rampant on a Cruise Ship

Feb 11, 2020 · 5 min read
Passengers wait on their balconies on the Diamond Princess cruise ship as it sits docked at Daikoku Pier where it is being quarantined on February 7, 2020 in Yokohama, Japan. Photo: Carl Court/Getty Images

By K. Oanh Ha

For 3,700 passengers quarantined on a cruise liner off Japan, it began as a carefree voyage. For the new coronavirus, it was an opportunity to run rampant.

As the number of confirmed cases aboard the Diamond Princess nearly doubled to 135, health authorities evacuated infected travelers. The rest hunkered in their cabins, waiting…