SYDNEY — Three days before the World Health Organization declared the coronavirus a pandemic, Stacie Hunt, a 36-year-old Australian finance broker, and eight members of her extended family arrived at a downtown Sydney wharf to begin a two-week cruise to New Zealand.The crew had to work fast to prepare the ship for 2,647 passengers. The Ruby Princess — one of the largest ships in Carnival Corp.’s Princess division — had arrived at 6 a.m. that day, March 8, leaving them less than 12 hours to clean a vessel that would be as tall as a 70-story building if raised vertically.A health questionnaire had to be completed for every passenger before they could board. As crew members sifted through piles of paper, they had to break the news to some international passengers that they would not get to see New Zealand’s fjords or mountains.“We knew even before we got on things were serious,” Hunt said in an interview.At the time, the screening procedures felt like a necessary, if tedious, precaution. In hindsight, they appear to have been woefully inadequate.Fifteen Ruby Princess passengers have died, and some 660 people have been infected, either on board or from people who were, making it


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