Florida sued by Norwegian Cruise Line over vaccine passport ban

Cruise Line Ships Occupy Berths at Port Miami Due to Cancelled Cruises from Covid-19 Coronavirus Precautions – Courtesy: Shutterstock – Image by TetKabrit MIAMI, Fla. – Norwegian Cruise Line is fighting a new Florida law that prohibits cruise lines from requiring passengers to show proof of vaccination against COVID-19. Filed on Tuesday in Miami federal

Want to cruise? Not so fast-Royal Caribbean announces unvaccinated travelers must carry travel insurance to board ships

Sunset Open Deck of Cruise Ship – Courtesy: Shutterstock: Image by Yevgen Belich Making headlines yet again, Royal Caribbean International announced Tuesday that it will require all guests over the age of 16 departing from U.S. ports, excluding Florida, to be fully vaccinated before boarding their ships. The announcement comes two weeks after a scheduled

Royal Caribbean pushes back debut sailing for new ship out of Florida after eight crew members test positive for COVID-19

Courtesy: Joe Raedle-Getty Images Royal Caribbean announced earlier this morning that it will push back its first scheduled sailing out of Florida’s Port Everglades in Fort Lauderdale to the end of July. Originally scheduled for a July 3 departure, Royal Caribbean’s newest ship, Odyssey of the Seas, faced a predictable setback in its debut out

Royal Caribbean gets CDC green light to begin Simulated Sailings from PortMiami in June

Royal Caribbean Pool Deck – Courtesy: Shutterstock – Image by John Panella One month ago, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention updated its “Framework for Conditional Sailing Order for Cruises” as a first step to allow ships to leave from U.S. seaports and resume cruising later this year. Tuesday, Royal Caribbean International became

Bon Voyage: CDC gives Florida the green light to begin Cruise Ship sailings this summer

Courtesy: Shutterstock – photo By pisaphotography The time has come for cruising to reopen in the United States. After months of battling with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, major cruise liners will get their way and will be allowed to sail out of Florida this summer, beginning sometime around mid-July. In a

Florida cruise activity may get delayed another year due to COVID-19 complications

Courtesy: Image by Ed Judkins from Pixabay According to one lobbyist from the cruising sector, a majority of Florida cruises scheduled for 2021 may not be able to set sail for at least one year. In a Florida Senate Transportation Committee meeting on Feb. 2, the Florida Ports Council emphasized that cruise officials, staff, and

CDC “no-sail” order is lifted, but not so fast: Cruising cannot return until further approval of ship safety protocols

Courtesy: Shutterstock – photo By pisaphotography This weekend, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) ‘no-sail’ order officially expired, allowing ships to return to sea. However, don’t expect to be onboard any time soon.  According to a release by the CDC on Friday, the “Framework for Conditional Sailing Order,” which replaces the no-sail order,  it

24 people rescued from sinking boat by passing Carnival Cruise ship off Florida coast

Courtesy: Carnival Cruise Lines/ Press Release Twenty-four people were rescued from a distressed boat some 37 miles off the coast of Palm Beach, Fla., last Saturday. The Carnival Sensation was out on international waters conducting non-operational manning status with a skeleton crew and no passengers on board when they spotted a sinking boat in the

Florida’s Idled Cruise Industry Can Set Sail Again on November 1

Photo: Ed Judkins / Pixabay The cruise industry has been fine-tuning a public health proposal to resume sailing. Florida’s idled $8-billion-a-year cruise industry can set sail again November 1 under a plan endorsed by the White House Coronavirus Task Force. President Donald Trump’s administration blocked the CDC’s pending order to keep cruise ships docked until