Within the past two weeks, more than 1,570 seafarers from some 25 cruise and cargo ships have been vaccinated for COVID-19 at Port Everglades.
Florida and the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have been ordered into mediation over the state's claim that the conditional sailing order is unlawful.
Gov. Ron DeSantis said Florida had a 'great hearing' in federal court about its lawsuit that seeks to immediately end the CDC's cruise shutdown and insisted lines don't need to require COVID-19 vaccination to operate safely.
Frank Del Rio expressed disappointment in his first read of the CDC's newly issued cruise guidelines and called Florida's order banning businesses from asking for documentation of COVID-19 vaccination 'an issue.'
Texas on Wednesday filed a motion to intervene in Florida's lawsuit against the US federal government and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention over the cruise shutdown.
Miami-Dade County and Nomi Health started to provide cruise ship crew members with COVID-19 vaccination at PortMiami on Saturday.
Cruise ship crew began receiving COVID-19 vaccinations at Port Canaveral today, making it the first US port to facilitate vaccination for seafarers.
How to reconcile Gov. Ron DeSantis prohibiting Florida businesses from mandating COVID-19 vaccination with the CDC's allowance that vaccination may be a fast track to getting cruising restarted?