• Tom Drake

DeSantis Says No to Cruise Lines Requiring Vaccinations

His executive order banning vaccine requirement includes cruise lines.

According to Governor DeSantis’s press office, one of the benchmarks of the Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings return to cruising program will not be allowed in the state of Florida. NCLH intends to require all guest and crew to be vaccinated in order to board their ships. The Governor of the state of Florida has signed an executive order banning such a practice. The Governor is presently suing the CDC to force them to lift the ban on cruises from the United states. Now he might find himself in court to answer questions as to why he feels the state should basically wield the same power as the CDC. Silversea cruise lines which hopes to sail out of Miami later this summer have also announced that they will require vaccinations. Maritime attorneys and other legal experts seem to agree that the Governor has no legal standing to enforce such a ban.

Here is the statement from his press office.

“The Governor’s Executive Order provides that businesses in Florida are prohibited from requiring patrons or customers to provide any documentation certifying COVID-19 vaccination or post-transmission recovery to gain access to, entry upon, or service from the business,” press secretary Cody McCloud said by email. “Therefore, the Executive Order prohibits cruise lines from requiring vaccine passports for their Florida operations.”

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