LONG BEACH, Calif. (Reuters) – With a white captain’s hat perched on his head, Calvin Ballard seemed relaxed as he waited to depart on his first-ever cruise to Mexico, unfazed by the possibility of being trapped on a ship under siege by an outbreak of coronavirus.
Like many fellow vacationers streaming onto an ocean liner docked near Los Angeles, Ballard said he was well aware that passengers aboard other cruises had ended up stranded for weeks, far from home, and he vowed to take special care to stay healthy. Nonetheless, he was determined to have a good time.
“What we’re planning on doing is washing our hands often, trying not to touch things and then touch our mouths, and just being aware of how we come into contact with people – the smart stuff,” the 55-year-old asset manager from Orange, California, said cheerfully. “We’re focusing on enjoying ourselves.”
Ballard and his wife, Judy, 50, sporting a sailor’s cap, were among some 2,350 Carnival Cruise Line…
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