We ... welcome today’s ruling that allows us to sail with 100 percent fully vaccinated guests and crew which we believe is the safest and most prudent way to resume cruise operations amid this global pandemic. — Frank Del Rio, president and chief executive officer of Norwegian Cruise Line
We ... welcome today’s ruling that allows us to sail with 100 percent fully vaccinated guests and crew which we believe is the safest and most prudent way to resume cruise operations amid this global pandemic. — Frank Del Rio, president and chief executive officer of Norwegian Cruise Line
Judge Temporarily Allows Cruise Line to Require Proof of Vaccination in Florida
A federal judge on Sunday granted Norwegian Cruise Line’s request for a preliminary injunction, temporarily allowing the company to require proof of vaccination from passengers despite a Florida law that bans businesses from doing so.

The injunction, in a lawsuit that the company filed last month against Dr. Scott Rivkees, Florida’s surgeon general and the head of the Florida Department of Health, is the latest development in a continuing battle for the cruise line industry.

The preliminary injunction is likely to draw backlash from Gov. Ron DeSantis of Florida, who in May signed a state law that set fines for businesses that force customers to provide proof of vaccination.

... In a statement on Sunday, Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd. said it was pleased with the judge’s ruling. Frank Del Rio, president and chief executive officer of Norwegian Cruise Line, said the ruling would allow the cruise line to provide the “safest vacation experience for people who long to get back to their everyday lives and explore the world once again.”

“We want nothing more than to sail from Miami, the cruise capital of the world, and from the other fabulous Florida ports, and we welcome today’s ruling that allows us to sail with 100 percent fully vaccinated guests and crew which we believe is the safest and most prudent way to resume cruise operations amid this global pandemic,” Mr. Del Rio said.

In the order, Judge Kathleen Williams of United States District Court listed several reasons for granting the request for a preliminary injunction. Among them, Judge Williams cited the potential for the cruise line to suffer financially if Norwegian is forced to cancel trips or reroute around Florida. She also noted that “scientific research shows that cruise lines are hotbeds for Covid-19 transmission.


Judge Williams wrote that the “defendant fails to articulate or provide any evidence of harms that the state would suffer if an injunction was entered,” and added that Norwegian “has demonstrated that public health will be jeopardized if it is required to suspend its vaccination requirement.”

... The judge’s order came as coronavirus cases have risen sharply in Florida. Over the past two weeks, cases in the state have increased by 84 percent and hospitalizations have risen by 105 percent, according to New York Times data.
Read the full article: https://www.nytimes.com/live/2021/08/08/world/covid-delta-variant-vaccine#norwegian-cruise-line-vaccine-requirement