Republican Governors of Florida and Texas Battle with Cruise Lines over Vaccine Requirements

Governors from Florida and Texas are in a legal showdown with cruise lines such as Norwegian and Carnival, over whether passengers boarding ships leaving their states can be required to show proof they’ve been vaccinated. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis and Texas Gov. Greg Abbott have positioned themselves against vaccine passports and will not allow businesses to require proof of vaccination. These policies may put the U.S. cruise industry in jeopardy as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) requires 95% of passengers and all of the crew to be vaccinated to bypass trial sailings. DeSantis last month signed a law that would bar “vaccine passports” and impose a $5,000-per-incident fine on businesses that require proof of vaccination. In Texas, Abbott confirmed that he will sign a similar law. Despite these setbacks, cruise lines are still insistent to sail with vaccination requirements, even if they have to sail from somewhere else. Celebrity Cruises and Norwegian will require vaccinations on sailings from Miami.

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