I’d mentioned earlier my experiences on a coronavirus-hampered cruise to Asia. As I expected, problems continue in the cruise industry, a significant economic engine.

We have just learned that the cruise line Oceania has canceled our 12-day circumnavigation of Japan that had been scheduled to begin in late March. Cruise lines are finding Asian operations increasingly problematic. No big deal for us if pre-purchased tickets are refunded as expected. But it is another part of a huge economic lick, on top of the human costs of illness.