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Despite Gov. DeSantis’ Court Win, Cruise Lines Choosing To Follow CDC Guidelines

A cruise ship docked at Port Everglades
Lynne Sladky/AP
The Celebrity Edge cruise ship is docked at Port Everglades, Tuesday, June 22, 2021, in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. The Celebrity Edge is set to sail on Saturday from Fort Lauderdale. It will be the first cruise ship to leave a U.S. port with ticketed passengers since the onset of the pandemic, which halted sailing.

Cruise lines that operate from Florida ports have no intention of violating federal health and safety guidelines even as Gov. Ron DeSantis celebrates a recent court ruling stripping the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention of authority over cruising in the state.

All major cruise lines intend to voluntarily remain in compliance with the CDC’s guidelines for resuming cruises, according to both the CDC and the trade organization Cruise Lines International Association.

That means cruise lines will continue to ask passengers to provide proof they’ve been vaccinated against the coronavirus. They’ll continue to require unvaccinated customers to purchase travel insurance, wear masks indoors on the ship and practice social distancing.

Read more at our news partner the South Florida Sun Sentinel.

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