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Florida Governor and Frank Del Rio Soon to Be Battling in Court?

Florida's new vaccine passport ban makes safe cruising more difficult.

It is possible that Florida governor Ron DeSantis is doing more harm than good to the cruise industry with the passage of the bill banning vaccine passports pre Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings CEO Frank Del Rio is holding firm that in order to sell in any of the three cruise lines he is in charge of guess we'll have to be vaccinated.


The governor at a press conference on Thursday made it clear that that will not happen in Florida. “We would object to it,” DeSantis said in response to a question from a reporter about such mandates. “What if you have a reason for why you didn’t get vaccinated? You then can’t participate in society like everybody else? These (cruise ships) are basically public accommodations, and to have different classes of citizens based on vaccine status, I think is a big, big mistake.” at a press conference held the week before the governor said "It's completely unacceptable for government or the private sector to impose upon you the requirement that you show proof of vaccine to simply be able to participate in normal society,"

Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings CEO Frank Del Rio has been very clear in stating his desire that all guests be vaccinated on any of the NCL Holdings ships. On Thursday he told Wall Street he would not operate in Florida if he's not allowed to require vaccines . “We hope that this doesn’t become a legal football or a political football,” Del Rio told Wall Street analysts during a conference call to discuss the company’s quarterly earnings. “But, at the end of the day, cruise ships have motors, propellers and rudders, and God forbid we can’t operate in the state of Florida for whatever reason, there are other states where we do operate from. [Or] we can operate from the Caribbean … we certainly hope it doesn’t come to that.” We hope that this doesn’t become a legal football or a political football,” Del Rio told Wall Street analysts during a conference call to discuss the company’s quarterly earnings. “But, at the end of the day, cruise ships have motors, propellers and rudders, and God forbid we can’t operate in the state of Florida for whatever reason, there are other states where we do operate from. [Or] we can operate from the Caribbean … we certainly hope it doesn’t come to that.”

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