Florida Governor Ron DeSantis announced the state is suing the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to demand that cruises be allowed to resume U.S. sailings. DeSantis called the CDC’s halt on the cruise industry “irrational.”
“On behalf of the tens of thousands of Floridians who’s livelihoods depends on the viability of an open cruise industry, today Florida’s fighting back,” he announced in a press conference on Thursday. “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.”
Royal Caribbean has carried over 100,000 guests on its ships outside the U.S. since the pandemic and has only seen 10 Covid cases, Fain said on “CBS This Morning” on Thursday. He said he “would like to be treated in a very similar way to the airlines and other forms of transportation.”
Arnold Donald, the CEO of Carnival Cruise Line, also expressed a similiar sentiment in an interview with CNBC on Wednesday. He said cruise lines would “like to be treated the same as other sectors and travel and tourism and entertainment.”
While airlines are able to fly across the world during the pandemic, the cruise industry, which had over 100,000 American jobs pre-Covid, has faced about a year without any trips from its U.S. ports.
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