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Norwegian Cruise Line sues Florida over COVID passport ban

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CNBC.com is reporting,Norwegian Cruise Line filed a lawsuit against Florida’s surgeon general, hoping to put an end to the state’s law preventing businesses from requiring customers to show proof of Covid-19 vaccination.

Norwegian asked the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida to throw out the state’s ban and grant the company a preliminary injunction that would allow it to resume sailing with the health and safety protocols it developed in order to comply with guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

In the court filing, Norwegian said the state’s ban hurts its ability to prevent the spread of the virus onboard its ship. As a result, it could be forced to cancel upcoming cruises, which would result in a “devastating, unrecoverable loss.”

The company said it would like to require passengers to show proof of vaccination, but that would violate Florida’s law and open the company up to prosecution and fines of up to $5,000 per passenger, which it cannot afford.

“We believe Florida’s prohibition is on the wrong side of federal law, public health, science and is not in the best interest of the welfare of our guests, crew, and the communities we visit, therefore, we have reluctantly turned to the courts for relief,” the company said in a statement to CNBC. “Our policy of 100% vaccination of guests and crew is consistent and in place without issue in every port we sail from around the world except for Florida.”

As I’ve said in previous blog posts, I’m fully vaccinated. I’m looking forward to cruising again soon, and will be proud to show my COVID vaccination card!

Keep in mind that the Palladium Hotel Group all-inclusive resorts do not mandate COVID vaccinations when you visit their resorts in Mexico, Jamaica or the Dominican Republic!

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