This past Thursday, Republican Governor of Florida Ron DeSantis made an announcement that the state is planning on filing a lawsuit against the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. DeSantis is calling for cruise ships to be allowed to start sailing from U.S. ports again.
“Today, Florida’s fighting back,” Governor Ron DeSantis stated this past 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. I think we have a good chance for success.”
According to CNBC, DeSantis stated that the CDC’s decision to hold off on opening up the U.S. cruise industry was “irrational,” and also stated that he thinks that this lawsuit will have a “good chance for success.”
As reported by the Orlando Sentinel, Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody has stated that the Lawsuit is to be filed against the CDC, Biden Administration, and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The lawsuit has been filed in the United States District Court in Tampa and states that “the cruise industry has been singled out, and unlike the rest of America, prevented from reopening. Despite the demonstrated success of reasonable COVID-19 safety protocols in Europe and Asia, the cruise industry in the United States has been subject to a nationwide lockdown since March 2020. As a result, the industry is on the brink of financial ruin.”
This past Thursday, Royal Caribbean released an announcement that it will be prolonging its suspension of some of its trips that leave from homeports in the United States for an extended period of time. In another press release, Celebrity Cruises, Royal Caribbean International, and Silversea Cruises have states that their sailings will continue to be suspended through June 30th. Royal Caribbean International and Celebrity Cruises have continued on to say that their respective suspensions exclude “all ships which have recently announced many new homeports around the globe.”
“Safety is the first priority, and we know that cruising can be safe, as we have seen in Europe and Asia,” stated Royal Caribbean Group chairman and CEO, Richard D. Fain. “The rising number of Americans who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19, layered on top of the rigorous health and safety measures we are implementing under the Healthy Sail Panel’s guidance, enables us to create a safe environment to take a cruise. We strongly believe that President Biden’s stated goal for society to reopen in time for Independence Day is a realistic goal.”
The CEO of Carnival Cruise Line, Arnold Donald, also made a similar statement this past Wednesday to CNBC. He stated that cruise lines would just “like to be treated the same as other sectors and travel and tourism and entertainment.”