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Florida sues CDC to allow cruises to resume U.S. sailings, business pushes for better remedy

Maiden voyage of the Symphony of the Seas, the world’s biggest cruise ship delivered by STX shipyards in Saint-Nazaire to the American ship-owner Royal Caribbean cruise Ltd (RCCL).Andia | Universal Images Group | Getty ImagesFlorida Gov. Ron DeSantis announced Thursday that the state will file a lawsuit against the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, demanding…

Maiden voyage of the Symphony of the Seas, the world’s largest cruise ship delivered by STX shipyards in Saint-Nazaire into the American ship-owner Royal Caribbean cruise Ltd (RCCL).

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Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis announced Thursday that the country will file a lawsuit against the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, demanding cruise ships be allowed to resume sailing immediately.

“On behalf of the tens of thousands of Floridians whose livelihoods depends on the viability of an open cruise industry, today Florida’s fighting back,” he declared in a press conference on Thursday. “We don’t believe the federal government has the right to mothball a major industry for over a year, based on very little evidence and very little data.”

DeSantis known as the CDC’s decision to postpone the opening of the U.S. cruise industry”irrational” and he thinks that this lawsuit will have a”good chance for success.”

The CDC wasn’t immediately available for comment.

The governor signed an executive order on Friday prohibiting so-called vaccine passports, which will also apply to the cruise business, saying that private and public companies aren’t required to show proof of vaccination.

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis speaks to the media concerning the railroad industry in a press conference at PortMiami on April 08, 2021 in Miami, Florida.

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Cruise lines extend trip suspensions

Royal Caribbean announced Thursday that it will be extending the suspension of a number of its excursions leaving from U.S. ports.

Royal Caribbean International, Celebrity Cruises and Silversea Cruises trips will be suspended before June 30, based on a press release. However, trips leaving from new home vents in other regions of the planet are still operating on program.

The Silversea extensions exclude Silver Moon, Silver Origin and Silver Explorer.

“Safety is the first priority, and we know that cruising can be safe, as we have seen in Europe and Asia,” explained Richard Fain, Royal Caribbean Group chairman and CEO, in a press release. He remains optimistic about the second half of the year, mentioning President Joe Biden’s promise for society to return to normal by July 4.

Disney Cruise Line also announced on Monday it will be further suspending its U.S. trips through June. This will definitely affect its Disney Dream, Disney Fantasy and Disney Wonder sailings.

Industry asks to be treated like airlines

Royal Caribbean has transported over 100,000 guests on its boats outside the U.S. since the pandemic and contains only seen 10 Covid cases, Fain stated on”CBS This Morning” on Thursday. He said he”would like to be treated in a very similar way to the airlines and other forms of transportation.”

Arnold Donald, the CEO of Carnival Cruise Line, voiced a similar sentiment in an interview with CNBC on Wednesday. He explained railway lines would”like to be treated the same as other sectors and travel and tourism and entertainment.”

While airlines are able to fly across the world throughout the pandemic, the cruise industry, that had over 100,000 American jobs pre-Covid, has confronted about a year with no trips from its own U.S. ports.

“The irony is that today an American can fly to any number of destinations to take a cruise, but cannot board a ship in the U.S.,” the Cruise Lines International Association said in an announcement on Monday, calling the CDC to lift its own Framework for Conditional Sailing Order, which describes a”framed approach” to get U.S. cruise operations to reunite without a rigorous date in sight.

Last week, the CDC published technical directions for cruise ships such as raising the frequency of Covid instance reporting from weekly to daily, setting a plan for all staff members to be vaccinated along with implementing routine testing. But, this upgrade did not establish a date for rail lines to go back to operation from the U.S.

“Nobody can guarantee anybody is safe from Covid anywhere in America or anywhere else,” Fain told CBS. “Actually, the irony is if you go on a ship, you’re going to reduce your risk of coming down with the virus.”

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