The story of this Carnival cruise ship in the Caribbean is a lot like Rashomon in the way that it changes depending on you’re talking to. If you check out the news networks, you’re greeted with headlines like “Cruise Ship Nightmare” or treated to possible scenarios of a ship in panic. But if you check out the Twitter feed of Denver reporter Eric Lupher, you’re probably going to get a different story.
A passenger on the ship has been quarantined out of concerns towards possible exposure to the Dallas Ebola patient who died last week. The passenger did not come into direct contact with Thomas Eric Duncan at the hospital, but did handle his samples. This was enough to raise concerns at the CDC and cause countries like Mexico and Belize to block the ship from docking. Carnival is bringing the ship back to Texas, but it would seem that everyone is trying to make the best of it according to Lupher:
So who do you believe? I think people would eat a buffet even if the food was made from the people who had eaten there previously, so I’m not shocked. Paying customers earned the right to take that risk in their minds.