NCL CEO unhappy about new law
By Patti Pietschmann, Travel Diva
Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd’s CEO Frank Del Rio, says he’s considering suspending Florida departures due to Governor Ron DeSantis recent ban of COVID-passports there. If so, it will disappoint fans of the company’s three popular cruise lines: Regent Sevens Seas, NCL and Oceania.
The new law prohibits businesses from asking whether employees or customers have been vaccinated against Covid-19 may take a toll on its cruise business.
CNN quotes Del Rio as saying, There are other states that we do operate from. And we can operate from the Caribbean for a ship that otherwise would have gone to Florida.”
Governor’s executive order
Governor DeSantis’s executive order Senate Bill 2006 was signed into law Monday prohibits any government entity from issuing vaccine passports and blocks businesses from requiring any such documentation.
Guidelines by The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention require at least 98% of crew members and 95% of passengers to have proof of vaccinations.
Del Rio says he hopes the CDC’s conditions will override the governor’s action when it comes to the cruise industry.
NCL was hoping to resume cruises July 4. The company wants to require all passengers and staff to be vaccinated in order to gain CDC approval. But this is no longer possible in Florida. So now Del Rio says they are looking at August reboots.
It’s still up in the air whether Norwegian will cruise Florida. And, cruise lines are in the same boat as to meet the CDC requirements before setting sail from US ports.
Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd. operates three cruise lines: Norwegian Cruise Line, Oceania Cruises and Regent Seven Seas Cruises. Pavlus agents are available to book you on any of these three or whatever cruise line suits your fancy (800-528-9300).