Norwegian Cruise Line Sues Florida Surgeon Over Vaccine Passport Ban

Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings sued Florida’s General Scott Rivkees over the state’s law prohibiting “vaccine passports,” on Tuesday. This term is used to refer to proof of vaccination for all travelers boarding cruise ships.

The Florida state law banning vaccine passports went into effect on July 1 in an executive order outlined by Republican Governor Ron Desantis. The ban prohibits companies like NCL holdings from checking the vaccination status of passengers at Florida ports. The Norwegian Cruise Line claims the vaccination ban violates federal law and that it goes against the cruise ship resuming “safely and soundly.”

Florida has fought vaccine requirements by cruises and other businesses, claiming that such policies are discriminatory. Individuals who support COVID vaccine requirements argue that requiring vaccines is essential to protect public health. The filing represents the latest in a months-long fight over the resumption of cruises from FL.

Although the cruise ship industry was heavily impacted by the pandemic, it is working to rebuild itself. Summer has initiated and travelers are prepared to safely enjoy cruises again. However, it’s important to remember that cruise accidents and injuries are not uncommon.  If you have been injured aboard a cruise ship, we suggest you call BoatLaw, LLP. Our maritime injury attorneys have 40 years of combined experience and are prepared to assist you. We represent clients in Washington, Oregon, California, New York and Alaska. Call us today at 1 (800) 262-8529 to schedule a free, initial consultation.

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