Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings sues Florida over ban on vaccine passports


One of the world’s largest cruise lines is fighting to end Florida Vaccine passport ban.

Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings, the parent company of Norwegian Cruise Line, Regent Seven Seas Cruises and Oceania Cruises, is suing Florida surgeon General Scott Livekeys. Banned state law “Vaccine passport”, a term that refers to proof of vaccination.

The company claimed that the ban violated federal law and said the proceedings were a “last resort” to enable “safe and sound” resumption of cruising.

The· Florida law The ban on vaccine passports came into effect on 1 July and is outlined in an executive order from Republican Governor Rondesantis.

Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd. is suing Florida's President of Surgeons under state law banning vaccine passports. Here, the company's Norwegian Sun is moored at Jacksonville Port in March.  27th, 2020.

Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd. is suing Florida’s President of Surgeons over state law banning vaccine passports. Here, the company’s Norwegian Sun is moored at Jacksonville Port on March 27, 2020.

How does the Florida Vaccine Passport Ban Affect Cruise Lines?

A ban on vaccination passports prohibits companies like NCL Holdings from checking the vaccination status of passengers boarding Florida ports.

law Inconsistent with the rules set by the CDCCruise lines, which offer cruises on ships with paid passengers, said that 95% of the crew and 95% of the passengers need to be fully vaccinated to board. A simulated cruise full of unpaid volunteer passengers does not have the same authority.

The NCL Holdings proceedings allege that Florida law puts the company in an “impossible dilemma” either on the other side of Florida law or on the “opposite side of health and safety.”

In April, the company told all passengers and crew on board.100% vaccination “ 2 weeks before boarding.

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What does Florida have to say about this?

Christina Pushau, a spokesman for the DeSantis office, called the case “useless” and said the company would be fined $ 5,000 each time it asked for confirmation of passenger vaccination status.

“Norwegian Cruise Line (Holdings) participates in the CDC to discriminate against children and other individuals who are not vaccinated or choose not to be vaccinated because of their health, religion or conscience. I made a disappointing and illegal choice, “says Pushaw. on mail. “This administration does not tolerate such widespread discrimination.”

The Florida Department of Health did not respond to requests for comment.

A Florida law banning vaccine passports came into force on 1 July and is outlined in an executive order from Republican Governor Rondesantis. In this April 30, 2021 photo, DeSantis speaks at the end of a session at the State Capitol in Tallahassee, Florida.

A Florida law banning vaccine passports came into force on 1 July and is outlined in an executive order from Republican Governor Rondesantis. In this April 30, 2021 photo, DeSantis speaks at the end of a session at the State Capitol in Tallahassee, Florida.

Why is NCL Holdings fighting this law?

NCL Holdings has suspended its global operations for over 16 months due to a pandemic. The company said in a statement Tuesday that it would “debilitate” the suspension, but said it did not want to rush back to business without additional safeguards to check vaccination status.

“Despite the ongoing pandemic and the accelerating spread of delta variants, Florida continues to ban us from requesting vaccine documentation,” the company statement said. “The rapid deployment of vaccines was the primary means for people to safely return to their daily lives while controlling the spread of the virus.”

The company’s proceedings filed in the U.S. District Court against the Southern District of Florida on Tuesday banned Florida’s vaccine passport “one anomaly that ruined (NCL Holdings’) careful planning and forced cancellation or obstruction. Threatens a false intrusion. ” Future cruise. “

NCL Holdings violated the First Amendment of the Constitution by blocking communication between the company and its customers, saying, “From the extraordinary background of a deadly pandemic, this company has the health of its employees and customers. It mysteriously eliminates the protection of safety. “

The cruise line is asking the court to act by August 15, when it plans to resume operations from its Florida port.

The proceedings occur after a passenger or crew on multiple cruise lines has a positive COVID test while on board.

Royal Caribbean International postponed the launch of its latest cruise ship last month. Eight crew members received positive coronavirus test results During regular testing. And two passengers sharing a room on the Celebrity Millennium ship on Celebrity Cruises, who was charged to carry “fully vaccinated crew and guests.” COVID-19 test positive last month.

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This article was originally published in USA TODAY: Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings file proceedings over ban on vaccine passports

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