With a series of embarrassing accidents in its wake, the $37.1-billion cruise industry was looking forward to a strong booking season this winter.

Instead, cruise operators are facing the same crisis that has shaken the airline industry: Ebola.

Mexican authorities Friday blocked a Carnival cruise ship from docking in Cozumel after the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention alerted Carnival Corp. that a passenger may have handled Ebola-contaminated lab specimens at the Texas hospital where a Liberian man died.

The escalating Ebola scare has the travel industry scrambling to figure out how to reassure anxious Americans that it’s still safe to take a vacation.

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