Tag Archives: cruise ships

Cruise Lines Mandate Vax For All Passengers Over 12

The Washington Post reports: Carnival Cruise Line is tightening its vaccine mandate beginning this week, announcing that vaccination will be required for all passengers except children under 12 and adults with medical conditions that prohibit inoculation. The move came Sunday, three days after the Bahamas issued an emergency order barring cruise ships from entering the country’s ports beginning Sept. 3 …

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DeSantis To Appeal Ruling On Cruise Line Vax Mandate

The South Florida Sun-Sentinel reports: Gov. Ron DeSantis plans to appeal a preliminary injunction allowing Norwegian Cruise Line to require passengers to show proof that they are vaccinated against COVID-19. On Sunday, a federal judge granted Norwegian’s bid to require 100% vaccinations, saying its challenge of DeSantis’ vaccine passport law will likely prevail at trial. DeSantis press secretary Christina Pushaw …

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Federal Court Rules Cruise Line May Require Vax Proof

Miami’s NBC News affiliate reports: A federal judge has granted a preliminary injunction, which paves the way for the Norwegian Cruise Lines to require documentation confirming a guest’s vaccination status prior to boarding. This order will now allow the company to operate with 100% vaccination of all guests and crew when sailing from Florida ports. Norwegian’s first scheduled departure from …

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Court Reverses Itself On Cruises In Win For Florida

CNBC reports: A federal appeals court late on Friday sided with Florida in its challenge against the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention over federal regulations for cruise ships that the state said were too onerous and were costing it millions of dollars in foregone tax revenue. The two-page ruling from the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals marks an …

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Appeals Court Rules For CDC In FL Cruise Ships Battle

USA Today reports: Cruising restrictions will stay in place. A federal appeals court panel sided with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in its legal battle with Florida over COVID-19 guidelines for cruise lines. The 2-1 decision handed down late Saturday by the U.S. Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals judges stays a U.S. district judge’s decision – minutes before …

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Cruise Line Sues FL Over Ban On Requiring Vax Proof

The Wall Street Journal reports: Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd. has sued Florida’s surgeon general, challenging the state’s barring of businesses from requiring proof of Covid-19 vaccination and intensifying the standoff between the company and Florida. The cruise operator is sticking with its policy to require full vaccinations for all crew and passengers, including children, for initial sailings through Oct. …

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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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Tomorrow: First Post-COVID Cruise Departs From US

The Associated Press reports: The first cruise ship to board passengers at a U.S. port in 15 months is set to sail Saturday from the industry’s South Florida hub in a symbolic stride toward normalcy that will be watched closely by health experts as vaccines curb the coronavirus’ spread in the country. Celebrity Cruises says at least 95% of those …

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Inaugural Cruise Postponed After 8 Crew Test COVID+

USA Today reports: Royal Caribbean International is postponing the inaugural sailings of its newest cruise ship after eight crew members received positive coronavirus test results during routine testing. The Odyssey of the Seas’ initial sailings, which the cruise line had laid out as six- and eight-night Southern and Western Caribbean cruises from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, from July 3 to July …

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Major Cruise Line Caves To DeSantis On Vaccinations

The Miami Herald reports: Royal Caribbean International will no longer require any of its cruise passengers to be vaccinated for COVID-19 as it had previously planned to. In a press release Friday announcing cruises for sale on eight of its ships from U.S. ports this summer, starting with Freedom of the Seas from PortMiami on July 2, the company said …

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REPORT: DeSantis Seeks Workaround On Cruise Fight

Forbes reports: On a call with travel agents last Thursday, Dondra Ritzenthaler, senior VP of sales, trade support and service at Celebrity Cruises, discussed “the elephant in the room,” according a scoop in the unofficial Royal Caribbean Blog, which is not affiliated with the cruise line. The blog’s founder, Matt Hochberg, was not on the call but obtained an audio …

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DeSantis Threatens To Fine Celebrity Cruises $5000 For Every Passenger Asked For Proof Of COVID Vaccination

The Points Guy reports: In an emailed response on Thursday to questions from TPG, DeSantis press secretary Christina Pushaw suggested vaccine requirements for sailings that Celebrity Cruises announced Wednesday as part of a plan to restart cruising from Florida on June 26 are in violation of Florida law, and the line could face massive fines if it moves forward with …

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CDC Approves First Vaccinated Cruise For June 26

USA Today reports: Cruising in U.S. waters can officially resume in June. The first large cruise ship has been approved by the CDC to sail in June. Celebrity Cruises, a subsidiary Royal Caribbean Group, is the first cruise line to receive approval to sail one of its ships with paying passengers on board. The Celebrity Edge will depart on a …

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Norwegian Cruises To Defy DeSantis On Vax Proof Ban

West Palm Beach’s ABC News affiliate reports: Earlier in May, Norwegian announced it was considering suspending Florida departures, this was due to the governor’s ban on businesses requiring proof of vaccination. Gov. Ron DeSantis responded by saying the cruise line was free to leave and the new rule wouldn’t change. The company has decided to stay and announced that it …

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Major Cruise Line May Leave FL Over DeSantis Order

The Points Guy reports: The world’s third largest cruise company is prepared to pull its ships from Florida in the coming months if it has to comply with the state’s new law against vaccine mandates. Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings president and CEO Frank Del Rio on Thursday suggested the company’s three brands — Norwegian Cruise Line, Oceania Cruises and Regent …

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CDC Issues New Guidance On “Simulated Voyages”

USA Today reports: The return of passenger-filled cruise ships sailing in U.S. waters is in sight. On Wednesday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released additional guidance for cruise ships with instructions for trial voyages with volunteer passengers meant to take place in advance of sailings that include paying passengers. “With the issuance of these next two phases, cruise …

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CDC “Committed” To Resuming Cruises By Mid-Summer

CNBC reports: The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is “committed” to the resumption of cruise industry passenger operations in the United States by mid-summer, it said on Wednesday, announcing some new steps to speed approvals. “If a ship attests that 98% of its crew and 95% of its passengers are fully vaccinated,” the agency said in a …

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DeSantis: Cruise Lines Cannot Require Vaccinations

The South Florida Sun-Sentinel reports: Silversea Cruises became the second major cruise line to announce it will require COVID-19 vaccinations for all passengers when it resumes global itineraries on June 5. The decision could set up a confrontation with Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis when the luxury cruise line is scheduled to sail from Port Everglades in December. DeSantis’ press office …

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Republican Bill Would Override CDC On Cruise Ships

The Miami Herald reports: Florida’s U.S. Senators introduced legislation Tuesday to override the Centers for Disease Control’s existing framework cruise ships must follow to resume operations and replace current regulations with a new set of recommendations to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 aboard ships. Sens. Rick Scott and Marco Rubio, along with Alaska Sen. Dan Sullivan, all Republicans, introduced the …

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Buttigieg Hopeful Cruises Can Resume By Mid-Summer

Tampa’s Fox News affiliate reports: Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg said the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is optimistic that cruises can resume by mid-summer, as operators struggle to stay afloat one year after sailing was shut down due to coronavirus concerns. “Well, the bottom line is safety… I can’t wait for us all to be on the move …

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