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CDC Drops COVID Travel Warning For Cruise Ships

USA Today reports: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention dropped its risk assessment of cruise travel Wednesday after more than two years of warning travelers against the dangers of contracting COVID-19 on a cruise amid the pandemic. “CDC is removing the COVID-19 Cruise Ship Travel Health Notice,” spokesperson Dave Daigle, spokesperson for the health agency, told USA TODAY. The …

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Cruise Lines Scrap Russian Ports From Itineraries

USA Today reports: Cruise lines are scrapping Russian and Ukrainian ports from their itineraries after Russian troops launched an attack on Ukraine. Three cruise lines owned by Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings – Norwegian Cruise Line, Regent Seven Seas Cruises and Oceania Cruises – announced Thursday that they would adjust their itineraries and remove calls to Russian ports in 2022. “The …

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Royal Caribbean Cancels Some Cruises Over Omicron

Axios reports: Royal Caribbean International on Friday canceled trips on four ships due to spiking rates of COVID-19, the company said in a statement. The cancellations are the latest blow to the cruise industry as it responds to a surge of cases driven by the highly contagious Omicron variant. “As a result of the ongoing COVID-related circumstances around the world, …

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Disney Test Cruise Postponed After Staffers Test Positive

The Associated Press reports: Disney Cruise Line is postponing its first test cruise since the pandemic brought the cruise industry to a standstill after a handful of participants had inconsistent test results for COVID-19, the company said Monday. The Disney Dream had been scheduled to set sail Tuesday from Port Canaveral, Florida, with 300 employees who had volunteered for the …

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Court Rules For FL Gov In CDC Fight Over Cruise Ships

The Orlando Sentinel reports: A federal court granted a preliminary injunction against the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and its conditional sail order that has shut down the cruise industry during the COVID-19 pandemic, but has delayed that injunction for a month to let the CDC propose some changes. The CDC has been wrong all along, and they knew …

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DeSantis Loses First Round To CDC On Cruise Ships

The Miami Herald reports: The cruise industry must still fulfill rules established by the CDC before it can resume sailing from U.S. waters — at least for now. On Tuesday, a federal judge in Tampa sent lawyers for the state of Florida and the CDC to mediation. The order was a setback for Gov. Ron DeSantis, who sued the CDC …

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DeSantis: We’ll Replace Any Cruise Lines That Leave

Miami’s ABC News affiliate reports: Calling Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings “not one of the bigger ones,” Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis said Thursday that if smaller cruise lines want to leave the state because of bans on vaccine requirements, their void will be filled. Miami-based Norwegian is the third-largest cruise line in the world and has three ports of departure in …

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Feds Say DeSantis Has No Authority Over Cruise Lines

The South Florida Sun-Sentinel reports: The U.S. government says the state of Florida has no legal right to force the CDC to reopen the cruise line business at the nation’s seaports. Lawyers representing the state and federal government squared off before U.S. District Judge Steven Merryday in Tampa on Wednesday after Florida sued the CDC, claiming an agency program for …

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100,000 Volunteer For Cruise Line’s Free “Test” Voyages

The New York Post reports: The president of cruise giant Royal Caribbean has announced that 100,000 people have already volunteered to sail free-of-charge on their government-mandated test voyages. Just three days earlier, the company set up a “Volunteers of the Seas” Facebook page to attract those eager enough for a free ride aboard a cruise ship during the COVID-19 pandemic. …

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Cruise Industry Issues Guidelines For “Safe Sailing”

USA Today reports: The cruise line industry, which has been devastated by the coronavirus pandemic, submitted a report to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on Monday with dozens of recommendations on how to prevent or mitigate the spread of COVID-19 on ships. Royal Caribbean and Norwegian’s Healthy Sail Panel submitted the 66-page report in response to a …

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