While Royal Caribbean recently announced its cruise ships sailing in the U.S. will no longer require passengers to be vaccinated against COVID-19, Norwegian Cruise Line took a different approach.
Norwegian Cruise Line has threatened to move its ships out of Florida after Gov. Ron DeSantis signed a law against any sort of vaccination proof for passengers, but the cruise company announced fully vaccinated passengers will resume sailing from New York, Los Angeles, Port Canaveral and Miami with the vaccine requirement in place, in defiance of DeSantis’s law. However, Royal Caribbean will not require the same protocol for passengers.
“Guests are strongly recommended to set sail fully vaccinated if they are eligible. Those who are unvaccinated or unable to verify vaccination will be required to undergo testing and follow other protocols, which will be announced at a later date,” Royal Caribbean announced.
The reversal came after Florida plans to implement a law fining companies $5,000 each time they request consumers provide COVID-19 vaccination proof. Before the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will permit any U.S. cruise ship from sailing, the vessel must pass a test cruise with volunteer passengers.