Why Don’t Sick Ships Sink?

Dave Hoffman

Dave Hoffman is the Murray Shusterman Professor of Transactional and Business Law at Temple Law School. He specializes in law and psychology, contracts, and quantitative analysis of civil procedure. He currently teaches contracts, civil procedure, corporations, and law and economics.

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2 Responses

  1. I’m not sure that 93 out of 100 signals to most consumers (even if they see it) that the ship is unsafe. 93% is basically an A-, right? That doesn’t seem to scream “gastrointestinal virus.” We went on the Disney cruise line last November, and had I seen that its scores ranged from 94 to 99, I know that wouldn’t have deterred me at all. The CDC says that 85 or below is unacceptable, so doesn’t that mean that 93 is acceptable? Perhaps the scale should be reset so that 50 is acceptable. Or perhaps this information isn’t that salient. Perhaps information about episodes of passenger illness would be more relevant.

  2. Prozny says:

    I was one of those sick ones when the Volendam docked, but not a recorded case. Lucky for me it hit me the last two days out. I tell you it was not a very pleasant experience. You are reluctant to treport ill because then you may get limited to you’re cabin & goodbye you’re expensive cruise. I’ll give them credit, they try to control as best they can but I feel it is an impossible thing to do because no one knows where it comes from or how it is really transmitted. You wash & disinfect your hans all you want, if you’re going to get it, you’re going to get it regardless.