I remember after Katrina, the gov. hired cruise ships to house the displaced from NO. Perhaps with a little planning, cruise ships could be used for victims of the expected H1N1 flue pandemic.The gov could have ships standing by, and you could be rushed from the doctors office or emergency room right to the ship. These people will need to be isolated. This could be a real profit center for the cruise lines this fall and winter. Ships will not burn any fuel if they are just sitting at dock or a few miles out of port. And a big money saver will be the midnight chicken soup buffet.
Interesting thought, but the gov would have a real hard time with mandatory quarantine of swine flu patients. We're not talking Will Smith "I am LEGEND" zombie plague. Not to mention, who the hell would clean those toilets?