These parents are still sending their college daughter on a booze cruise, because alcohol will ‘ward off’ germs and coronavirus


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Nicole Lyn Pesce MarketWatch March 11, 2020, 2:04 PM CDT

All aboard the S.S. Denial.

The U.S. State Department has warned travelers — and the elderly and those with underlying health issues in particular — to avoid cruises during the coronavirus outbreak. And the news has been flooded with cautionary tales of passengers quarantined on ships such as the Carnival-owned CCL, -9.45% Diamond Princess and Grand Princess after passengers became sick with the novel coronavirus that causes the COVID-19 illness. 

But that hasn’t discouraged some people from charging full speed ahead toward the cruises on which they’d booked passage before the outbreak went global — including a few who spoke to the Daily Beast. And one set of parents has left Twitter TWTR, -8.77% reeling. 

James and Kim Simon said that they are not pulling the plug on their college daughter’s plans to sail away on a Royal Caribbean RCL, -14.12% cruise with a dozen friends for spring break this week. And here’s their stated reasoning, per the Daily Beast’s reporting:

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These parents are still sending their college daughter on a booze cruise, because alcohol will ‘ward off’ germs and coronavirus

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