Magazine June 1, 2020, Issue

Canceled Vacations

The Carnival Panorama cruise ship sits docked as the coronavirus outbreak continues, Long Beach, Calif., April 16, 2020. (Lucy Nicholson/Reuters)

Los Angeles Times business-column headline: “The Cruise Ship Industry Is Sinking. I’m OK with That.”

Without reading the article, what do you think might be the author’s reasons?

Cruise ships are bad for the planet! Any large machine that does not use the wondrous power of wind or the sun is a bad thing that should be stopped, because the computer models say Antarctica will shrivel to the size of a playing card. Maybe we could keep one cruise ship handy to rescue the scientists who will be treading water and sending up flares.

Even if they converted to wind, and erected huge sails

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