In a 2.5-hour hearing today, Federal District Judge Kathleen Williams heard arguments relating to Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings' motion for a preliminary injunction to stop Florida from enforcing its vaccine passport ban.
Crystal Cruises added Miami as a port of call and a port of embarkation for Crystal Serenity’s Bahamas voyages and will allow unvaccinated travelers due to Florida law but they'll be subject to controls.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's conditional sailing order may be non-binding in Florida now, but ships are still subject to inspection to prevent the spread of communicable diseases like COVID-19 and may be detained.
In a surprising turn of events, a federal appeals court vacated its July 17 order, handing Florida a temporary win in its battle with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention over COVID-19 cruise restrictions.
Whatever happens in Florida's case against the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, cruise lines are likely to stick to the COVID-19 procedures set by the agency, an industry operations expert said.