Today I received a call from News4Jax reporter Tarik Minor asking me to comment on the news that a court sided with the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) regarding the so-called, “no-sail order.”
News4Jax reported, “A day after a federal appeals court sided with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in imposing COVID-19 restrictions on cruise ships, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis said Monday that he will fight the ruling.
While taking questions from reporters in Poinciana, Florida, on Monday morning, DeSantis vowed to take the fight to a higher court.
″I think most courts at this point have had their limit with the CDC issuing these dictates without a firm statutory basis, so I’m confident that we’d win on the merits at the full 11th Circuit, and I’m confident we’d win the Supreme Court,” DeSantis said of the CDC’s guidance stating that cruise lines offering sailings with paying passengers need to make sure 95% of passengers are fully vaccinated before setting sail.”
“To make this happen, some cruise lines are requiring proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test prior to getting on board, while others simply ask passengers if they have been vaccinated.
″It raised a bigger question, can you have just one agency without Congress ever passing a law, just basically shutting down an industry?” DeSantis said.
News4Jax asked local travel agent Scott Lara, The Cruise Genius, if the ongoing legal battle is having any effect on the cruise industry and Americans’ desire to set sail.
“This back and forth between the CDC and our governor is having no effect on our consumers, especially avid cruisers. They are ready to get back on the open seas,” Lara said.
Lara said Monday that the average price of a cruise remains level right now, but he expects those prices to increase in the near future as more and cruise lines prepare to launch. Lara said he’s telling his clients who are against vaccination to consider other travel options like all-inclusive resorts or be prepared to pay more money.”
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