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Florida Governor Sues CDC To Allow Cruises Now

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Florida Governor Ron DeSantis said that Florida is fighting back. On Thursday, the governor said that the state will sue the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Specifically, he demanded that they allow cruise ships to start sailing again. 

RELATED: Carnival Cruise Line Cancels Some Cruises on Select Routes for November and December

Florida Governor: ‘Florida’s Fighting Back’

“Today, Florida’s fighting back. We don’t believe the federal government has the right to mothball a major industry for over a year based on very little evidence and very little data. I think we have a good chance for success,” he said. In addition, the Florida governor called the CDC’s decision to put off the opening of the U.S. cruise industry as irrational.  Also, he said he feels the state has a “good chance” to succeed with the lawsuit  

Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody said that the state filed the lawsuit against the CDC, the administration of President Joe Bien, and the Department of Health and Human Services. The suit contends that “the cruise industry has been singled out, and unlike the rest of America, prevented from reopening. Despite the demonstrated success of reasonable COVID-19 safety protocols in Europe and Asia, the cruise industry in the United States has been subject to a nationwide lockdown since March 2020. As a result, the industry is on the brink of financial ruin.”

Cruise Line Waiting For Clearance

On Thursday, Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines announced that it will continue suspending some of its trips that will leave from US ports for a bit longer. In a press release, Celebrity Cruises, Royal Caribbean International, and Silversea Cruises said that their sailings will remain suspended until June 30. However, Royal Caribbean International and Celebrity Cruises clarified that their suspension does not exclude ships that have non-US homeports. 

Richard D. Fain, CEO of Royal Caribbean Group, explained their decision. “Safety first is the priority, and we know that cruising can be safe, as we have seen in Europe and Asia. The rising number of Americans who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19, layered on top of the rigorous health and safety measures we are implementing under the Healthy Sail Panel’s guidance, enables us to create a safe environment to take a cruise. We strongly believe that President Biden’s stated goal for society to reopen in time for Independence Day is realistic,” he said. 

Treat Cruise Lines Like Airlines and Other Transportation 

Royal Caribbean cruises carried over 100,000 guests on their ships outside the US since the pandemic last year. Despite the large number, they only saw 10 COVID cases happen within their cruises. In an interview with “CBS This Morning” on Thursday, Fain said he would like the cruise industry “treated in a very similar way to the airlines and other forms of transportation.”

Meanwhile, the Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) called for the CDC to help them. Specifically, they asked the CDC to lift its Framework for Conditional Sailing Order. In a statement, they asked that the CDC reconsider. “The irony is that today an American can fly to any number of destinations to take a cruise, but cannot board a ship in the US. This deprives US workers of participating in the economic recovery and does not recognize the public health advances that have been made over many months, including the ability to effectively mitigate risk on cruise ships,” the CLIA statement read. At the same time, Arnold Donald, CEO of rival Carnival Cruise Line, issued a statement similar to Fain’s. He said cruise lines would like the CDC to treat them “the same as other sectors and travel and tourism and entertainment.”

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Cruise Lines Will Move Out If CDC Doesn’t Budge

Earlier this year, President Biden said that with the increase in vaccinations, he hopes that many Americans can celebrate July 4th just like normal times. However, it seems the plans to normalize activities do not include cruise lines, which remain on hold until June 30. 

Already, there are rumblings that several operators will start to base ships in other countries. This includes establishing new homeports in the Bahamas, Bermuda, Jamaica, the Dominican Republic, and Greece. All because the government still refuses to give permission to depart from the United States. In the absence of any changes in the CDC’s policy toward cruise lines, Carnival Cruises might decide on their own. They can decide to move their homeports out of the US and move elsewhere. Or, the CDC can choose to lighten its restrictions or create guidelines that lines can handle.

Watch the WPTV news video reporting that Florida Governor Ron DeSantis sues the federal government and CDC:

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28 Comments

  • Chris Bowling says:

    I don’t like any of the options listed. Covid-19 is an over hyped virus that isn’t fatal to most. Restrictions should be, if you have any underlying conditions that could render you sick to covid-19 then you have to sign a waver stating the operators aren’t liable

  • CP says:

    Agreed. None of those are viable options

  • Judy Duckworth says:

    As a BSN nurse, I think this is a awesome start to get our country rolling again.

  • ROBERT A. ABADIE says:

    VOTED YES ONLY SO I COULD WRITE MY COMMENT. IF YOU REMEMBER WAY BACK BEFORE THIS POLITICAL VIRUS APPEARED,THERE WAS ALWAYS NEWS ABOUT CRUISE SHIPS COMING HOME WITH A LOT OF SICK PEOPLE ON BOARD?? THAT ANSWERS MY QUESTION, NEVER!!!. AND AS FOR TH DUMB ASS CDC IT IS NOT GOVT.APPROVED!! IT IS A BUNCH OF ASS HOLES WHO GET THEIR INFO FROM SCIENTISTS LIK FAUCCI WHO
    FLOPS LIKE A FISH AND IS A TOTAL WASTE THAT THE DUMBEST ROTTENEST PERSON EVER BORN,OUR
    SHIT EATING “PRESIDENT”,USES AS “THE MEDICAL DIRECTOR” FOR THIS COUNTRY THAT GET THIER INFO FROM W.H.O. WHOM TRUMPED DEEPED SIXED. ATSY HEALTHY RED NECKS LISTEN TO YOUR OWN DR.
    MAGA,MAGA,MAGA!!!!

  • richard L. nowak says:

    keep gov.out of business gov. is clueless

  • Homeofthebrave says:

    I’m seriously considering not getting vaccinated. Everyone I know that got the virus said it was like a normal flu, and all got better in a few days. I was in close contact with a friend who had it, but I don’t get sick, ever (maybe they should study my genes). Fauci and Gates have vested interests in Moderna. Others who’ve got vaccinated had bad reactions. Starting to look suspicious….

  • Rob says:

    I say YES but THERE SHOULD NO RESTRICTIONS ON ANYTHING. COVID is so over hyped it is ridiculous. Get back to normal NOW. Stop being Sheep

  • Max says:

    When will folks wake up and realize it all has NOTHING to do with a virus that 99+% of the population recover from, and that the “vaccines” have killed more people in the last year than ALL vaccines killed in the previous 10 years – and that directly from the CDC themselves!!! It’s a government, big pharma hoax to CONTROL the population – to put us all under their thumb for all our wants and needs!!! It’s socialism, it’s communism, it’s the spoil sport losers having their ways with “We’ll show them!!” WAKE UP AMERICA, and like Florida and Texas “Just Say No!”

  • Lou Kocon Jr says:

    Let’s call it what it is, “The Chinese Wuhan Virus”. Now, having said that, I personally know or should I say knew three people who died from “complications” due to The Chinese Wuhan Virus so, I got my vaccination and I wear a mask when I go out or to a store of any kind and I stay away from crowds so due to the fact that if you are on a ship and any type of sickness breaks out, there is no place to go, I doubt that I will be going on a cruise any time soon. In my opinion, this virus is real and unfortunately, it was politicized and now decisions are being driven by money.

  • Mike karron says:

    Yes I would go on a cruise. I refuse to live my life in fear of some thing that is not much worse than the regular flu. It has a 99.9 something percent survival rate. As I said I refuse to live my Life in fear and I am not afraid to live my life to the fullest. The vaccination is unproven they even make you sign a waiver when you get it that it could kill you and you can’t be holding them responsible or liable. It normally takes eight or 10 years to get a approval for anything. And they approve this in four or five months! It is at Best experimental. I am not a lab rat, which by the way they have not even tested it on lab rats.

  • Bill says:

    Yes, it is time. In Florida a lot of people depend on the industry for employment. The CDC is killing the golden goose. New technology, seperation, vaccines, testing and masks all control a possible outbreak. a few weeks of test cruises with reduced capacity to get the crews retrained with new corona procedures would be a good idea. Europe and Asia has reopened cruising, we should open it now. Bill

  • Anonymous says:

    Keep your immune system High. That will do the trick for all of this and to come. There are so many options to consider. One best is Colloidal Silver. Stay Safe All!!!

  • Anonymous says:

    Lets get back to Normal.
    Travel, fun is the best Cure for all.
    Just keep one’s immune system High, and all will be good.
    There are many options to use, one I suggest is Colloidal Silver,
    Used and taken many different ways. Be Save All!

  • Kenneth L. Chesmar II says:

    No love for Fauci, fake! Absolutely no love for Government and dont get me started on stolen election! Voted to open up businesses w no restrictions. If you’re that afraid, YOU STAY HOME !! Over 85 million of us want to get on with life

  • Chas says:

    The choice of answers to the question your supposed to pick from was pure BS…! You can tell that even the person putting this together has been totally brain washed to stay controlled under the worthless cdc and Dr fauci! Someone who makes over $400,000 a year like fauci, is a crime in its self!

  • Anonymous says:

    Yes. But, keep them sanitary. It shouldn’t have anything to do with vaccines or social distance. Go or don’t go. But, don’t whine about others.

  • Mary says:

    Amen! I agree.. no option to pick.
    The radical left just want to push the Covid card, the race card..ect. Next they will be saying the boats are polluting the water..Ugh! They have only one goal and that’s to destroy our country just like President Trump Said (Which is still my President by the way..cause cheaters don’t count).
    We need to Pray for GOD to heal our nation fast and we need to do all we can or we will be a nation no longer. Stay in the good fight guys. Don’t be fooled by the RADICAL left .. they hate us and they hate our country and are in a big hurry to hand us over to China and Russia. Remember when Obama was in office.. he told China that they could come in and take us over due to our dept.. remember? Hint hint is what he did to us..Listen closely to what they say cause they end up tellIng on themselves.. so easy to figure out and see what they have up their sleeve next. Listen closely, they will mention what is up their sleeve next by saying something stupid that doesn’t make any sense.. So crazy!! Help us Lord!

  • Mary says:

    Ps…America better be awake by now because China is at the front door and Russia is in the back 🙁 Signs of the times!!! But most of all we need to be ready because our LORD our GOD is coming back soon!! JESUS is coming.. Who’s READY!! Rapture Time! Wooo hoooo!!!

  • Julia Palmer says:

    I am ready to sail!

  • Mary Nichols says:

    Yes we should sail. Cruise lines know what they are doing and how to keep us safe. I’ve been on 21 cruises and never came home sick. I believe the CDC and federal government are doing everything they can to bankrupt the cruise industry. LET US SAIL. WE ARE ADULTS THAT CAN MAKE OUR OWN DECISIONS ABOUT WHAT IS SAFE FOR US. Stay out of it CDC!!!

  • Mary says:

    Yes we should sail. Cruise lines know what they are doing and how to keep us safe. I’ve been on 21 cruises and never came home sick. I believe the CDC and federal government are doing everything they can to bankrupt the cruise industry. LET US SAIL. WE ARE ADULTS THAT CAN MAKE OUR OWN DECISIONS ABOUT WHAT IS SAFE FOR US. Stay out of it CDC!!!

  • GiGi says:

    I don’t like any of the options listed. We have cruised extensively all over the world and would like to do so again, but we are not planning to get the Covid shot (it’s not a vaccine, folks). We’ve never gotten sick. We would like for it to be just like it was. Just use common sense.

  • Janet Tomkins says:

    The poll is ridiculous. If you’re under 50 and healthy there is a statistically insignificant chance of having serious aftereffects or serious symptoms from covid. Other diseases are no more or no less of a problem than they were before.

  • Branden Oconnell says:

    What a bunch of bitches you all are ahahaha can’t go a year without a boat ride fucking pathetic

  • Bobbie Smith says:

    I don’t like any above options. I think this entire Covid is a bunch of created BS that caused worldwide a great breakdown financially, suicides and breaking up of families, lost homes, jobs and the list goes on and on and on…and did exactly what the democrats wanted. You had the CCP and now they want the DCP. Forget it Trumpster has their number and will be taken care of I hope sooner then later. I wouldn’t take of the for any amount of money you paid me. You have no idea what you’re putting in your body. I won’t even take a flu shot! Get rid of Fauci; although from what I hear he’s already been taken care of!
    Think about it; “We’re in The Great American Awakening”.
    “The Best Is Yet To Come”.
    Patience is a Virtue!
    God Bless America and Thank God We Live in Florida and Love our Governer and Gaetz!

  • Anonymous says:

    You ok Branden? Your missing the whole point.

  • sherril henderson says:

    The main reason our country is still wearing mask is because the dems are using it to keep the people scared and to keep them under their thumb. Its time to go back to normal living. If they were so concerned about coved the wouldn’t be opening up our borders to all the illegal’s flooding across and 10 % having it. Beyond stupid!!!

  • Scott says:

    The only bitch here is you Brandon

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