People just didn’t care: How the Ruby Princess cruise ship became a deathtrap
A health questionnaire had to be completed for every passenger before they could board. As crew members sifted through piles of paper, they had to break the news to some international passengers that they would not get to see New Zealand’s fjords or mountains.
“We knew even before we got on things were serious,” Hunt said in an interview.
At the time, the screening procedures felt like a necessary, if tedious, precaution. In hindsight, they appear to have been woefully inadequate.
Fifteen Ruby Princess passengers have died, and some 660 people have been infected, either on board or from people who were, making it the deadliest known outbreak on any cruise ship and the biggest individual contributor to cases in Australia.
Australian police have assembled a 30-strong team under the leadership of a homicide detective to investigate the ship and its owner, Miami-based Carnival, the world’s largest vacation travel company.
On Thursday, detectives wearing head-to-foot protective clothing …continued .
[Source: Washington Post]