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Major cruise line may avoid
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Posted By: Ribicon, 5/7/2021 7:02:22 PM

The CEO of a major cruise line has expressed concern regarding a new law in Florida that bans businesses from asking whether employees and customers have been vaccinated against coronavirus. “In Florida, your personal choice regarding vaccinations will be protected and no business or government entity will be able to deny you services based on your decision,” Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis said in a statement. Senate Bill 2006, which was signed into law on Monday, also prohibits requiring any sort of COVID-19 or vaccine passports. Frank Del Rio, the CEO of Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings, acknowledged that while Florida is the cruise capital of the world,


The vaxxed population is at great risk from the unvaxxed, it seems. Gov. DeSantis is in the vanguard in opposing moves from so-called private industry to make people show their papers; more should follow suit. Meanwhile, does Norwegian Cruise Lines require an all-clear for HIV, or herpes, or tuberculosis, etc?

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Reply 1 - Posted by: SALady 5/7/2021 7:06:46 PM (No. 778541)
Idle threat. The cruise lines are all hurting after a year of pandemic sitting idle. Stop sailing out of Florida, and go broke. It's that simple. Texas just welcomed back the Carnival ships to Galveston. Talk about a celebration in Galveston, as so many jobs will return with the cruise ships.
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Reply 2 - Posted by: nosillod 5/7/2021 7:33:03 PM (No. 778564)
I don't see how asking about health history of anyone isn't a violation of the HIPAA laws.
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Reply 3 - Posted by: Lawsy0 5/7/2021 7:45:04 PM (No. 778576)
Methinks Senor Frank Del Rio is just flapping his gums in case any of his fellow CEO's push him. He probably thinks Florida is THE place to be and the rule means a lot less trouble for his ship and crew, not to mention his passengers. Captain Stubing, you are needed on the Bridge.
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Reply 4 - Posted by: smokincol 5/7/2021 7:48:49 PM (No. 778581)
it's the old "biting off your nose to spite your face" thinking. never has worked and never will.
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Reply 5 - Posted by: Kate318 5/7/2021 8:17:02 PM (No. 778603)
See ya, Norwegian. I went on one of your cruises once, and would never do it again. You are NOT a “major cruise line,” but rather a minor player, and not a very good one at that. You need Florida a heck of a lot more than they need you.
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Reply 6 - Posted by: enemyofthestate 5/7/2021 8:19:22 PM (No. 778606)
Wild horses could not drag me on to a cruise ship.
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Reply 7 - Posted by: anniebc 5/7/2021 9:27:40 PM (No. 778667)
Now that's really stupid. A cruise ship is nothing but a floating germ bowl anyway.
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Reply 8 - Posted by: Rumblehog 5/7/2021 10:57:07 PM (No. 778706)
Sue them.
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Reply 9 - Posted by: TLCary 5/7/2021 11:09:34 PM (No. 778717)
Let’s say you have a lifelong debilitating reaction or death, as some have had. Can the Cruise Line that compelled you to take it be sued The Emergency Use Authorization forbids these actions, so the Cruise Line is already breaking the law. You can’t sue the Pharma Company because it’s not an FDA approved drug and you VOLUNTEERED (yeah right) to be a Guinea pig.
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Reply 10 - Posted by: ColonialAmerican1623 5/8/2021 2:24:40 AM (No. 778795)
Yeah huh. We don't care. Everybody seems to forget how many got the Norwalk Virus before corona viruses came along on these floating petri dishes.
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Reply 11 - Posted by: MDConservative 5/8/2021 10:57:51 AM (No. 779033)
If I recall, the crew vaccinations are a Federal requirement as a condition for returning to US ports. Florida "protects" its residents from being asked. This creates a conundrum. The cruise lines are at the mercy of the Federal government. I expect some sort of exception or relaxation...ships are foreign flagged with largely international crews merely "passing through". And the cruising public expects these to be vaccinated in the name of safety after the ships were the early poster children for COVIDS contagion. Florida has much invested in new and renovated port facilities for the cruise industry. I would guess NCL is acting the stalking horse. So, it's Florida's move. The bonds on those new facilities can burn through cash with no return.
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Reply 12 - Posted by: EQKimball 5/8/2021 7:37:54 PM (No. 779412)
Actually, no questions are needed. Passengers without a vaccination card would not be permitted to board, similar to showing a driver’s license to purchase a drink in a bar.
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