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Florida judge passes cruise lawsuit to a mediator

Remember when Florida sued the CDC over the No-Sail-Order? Well, a Florida judge basically passed the buck by ordering mediation!

SunSentinel.com is reporting, “Cruise lines, their customers, the state of Florida and the U.S. government will have to wait a little longer to learn whether a federal order keeping ships idled can stand.

A Tampa federal judge overseeing the state’s civil case against the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention referred the matter to a mediator Tuesday with instructions to hear the positions of both sides before June 1.

Mediators are typically summoned in the hopes of coaxing both sides into settling their differences outside the court.

The lawsuit, filed April 8 in U.S. District Court in Tampa, names as defendants the CDC and the Department of Health and Human Services, as well as the agencies’ appointed leaders. It claims the CDC’s COVID-19 prevention guidelines for cruise ships are “arbitrary and capricious,” unconstitutional, and violate federal laws governing administrative procedures.“

Once again, those of us who love to cruise will have to wait for official word from on high that we can cruise again!

As I’ve mentioned many times, all-inclusive resorts in Mexico, Jamaica and the Dominican Republic are open now, and have been welcoming tourists for months now.

The only time I’ve had to get a COVID test prior to traveling to a Palladium Hotel Group resort is when I flew to Jamaica. At each resort, I received a free antigen COVID test 3 days prior to flying back to the United States to comply with CDC regulations.

Carnival hasn’t made an official announcement about mandatory vaccinations for passengers, but NCL and Virgin Voyages have stated that cruise passengers must be vaccinated prior to cruising.

Stay tuned to TheCruiseGenius.com for updates and click on the link below for the full story mentioned in this blog post.

 

https://www.sun-sentinel.com/business/fl-bz-florida-cdc-suit-goes-to-mediator-20210519-yu5wgqmcpnaetileu6ga25nuqm-story.html

About Scott Lara

Navy Veteran, Travel Agent, love to cruise!

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