NCL Sues Florida over Vaccine Passport Ban

Caribbean News…
15 July 2021 10:10pm
NCL ship, Norwegian Cruise Line

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Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings is suing Florida's surgeon general over the state's vaccine passport ban, arguing that they should be able to verify passengers' vaccination status when they set sail from Miami on Aug. 15. 

NCLH is asking the court to issue a preliminary injunction that will allow it to confirm the vaccination status of passengers and implement other guidelines it developed under the CDC's Conditional Sailing Order, which is the agency's strict phased framework for cruise lines to set sail again. 

U.S. District Judge Steven Merryday essentially threw that Conditional Sailing Order out earlier this month, calling it an "unwarranted and unprecedented exercise of governmental power." After Merryday's ruling, the CDC's Conditional Sailing Order will become nonbinding guidelines on July 18. 

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis originally sued the CDC in April over the Conditional Sailing Order and banned vaccine passports in May. 

Royal Caribbean, which is requiring all unvaccinated passengers to buy travel insurance and pay $136 for COVID-19 testing, set sail from Fort Lauderdale on June 26 and Miami on July 2.

Source: FOX News

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