At Carnival Corp.'s Q2 conference call earlier this morning, Chairman and CEO Mickey Arison was asked about how swine flu had cut into the company's yield. Arison took the opportunity to comment on the ports turning ships away:
"We have now been in touch with 23 Caribbean government, and we've gotten confirmation back from 20 of them that they will not behave the way they have behaved with Pullmanturs (sic) ... The reality is that when a ship arrives in a port with a few flu cases -- confirmed or unconfirmed -- those cases have been isolated, and the passengers have been onboard for a number of days, and so symptoms would have come out and we have isolated the passengers with symptoms. So this overreaction in some locations has been a problem -- we had a particular problem in Australia. We're trying to deal with it port by port, government by government and I think over time people are understanding that this is not any different than seasonal flu and should be treated as such. And we also have remember that the WHO from the very beginning said that there should be no restriction on travel -- and yet some governments, lower level people have panicked."
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