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Reports of Florida 'targeting' cruise lines on vaccine passports appear overstated

Article-Reports of Florida 'targeting' cruise lines on vaccine passports appear overstated

Reports of cruise companies being 'targeted' by the Florida Department of Health for allegedly violating the state's ban on vaccine passports seem to be overstated.

According to the reports, companies belonging to Carnival Corp., Royal Caribbean Group and Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings as well as Disney Cruise Line are listed as being suspected of violating the ban.

No current action

But sources told Seatrade Cruise News there doesn't appear to be any current action by the state on this matter.

The Florida Department of Health did not respond to questions on Wednesday, and cruise operators either said they believe they're in legal compliance, didn't answer or declined to comment.

A spokesman for one company, Royal Caribbean Group, said it is 'committed to maintaining the highest health and safety protocols on board all our ships, while complying with all applicable laws.'

In August a US District judge granted Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings a preliminary injunction to stop Florida from enforcing the vaccine passport ban. Florida's surgeon general is appealing that ruling with the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals.

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