Celebrity Edge first cruise ship to set sail from US in more than a year
The Celebrity Edge is set to depart from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, this weekend and will be the first cruise ship to leave a U.S. port in 469 days. FOX Business’ Ashley Webster with more.
Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings is suing Florida's surgeon general over the state's vaccine passport ban, arguing that they should be able to verify passengers' vaccination status when they set sail from Miami on Aug. 15.
"The fight that should occupy us at present is the fight against COVID-19—and we should all be working together to win that fight," the cruise line wrote in the lawsuit, which was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida Tuesday. "NCLH’s respectful submission here is that Florida cannot lawfully or sensibly tie NCLH’s hands in this pivotal fight, at this sensitive time."
|NCLH||NORWEGIAN CRUISE LINE HOLDINGS LTD.||26.09||-1.19||-4.36%|
|RCL||ROYAL CARIBBEAN GROUP||78.51||-3.03||-3.72%|
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NCLH is asking the court to issue a preliminary injunction that will allow it to confirm the vaccination status of passengers and implement other guidelines it developed under the CDC's Conditional Sailing Order, which is the agency's strict phased framework for cruise lines to set sail again.
U.S. District Judge Steven Merryday essentially threw that Conditional Sailing Order out earlier this month, calling it an "unwarranted and unprecedented exercise of governmental power."
After Merryday's ruling, the CDC's Conditional Sailing Order will become nonbinding guidelines on July 18.