FL Suing CDC, Biden Administration Over Cruise Restrictions

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In recent weeks, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has spoken out against the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) continuing to restrict domestic cruise lines from returning to sailing.

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Now, Governor DeSantis has said that the State of Florida is suing both the CDC and the President Biden administration regarding cruise industry restrictions. Per the Orlando Sentinel:

“Today, Florida’s fighting back,” DeSantis said. “I think we have a good chance for success.”

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Their report continued:

DeSantis made the announcement at PortMiami with state Attorney General Ashley Moody on Thursday. She said the state filed the lawsuit against the CDC, Biden Administration and the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services ahead of the press conference.

“If we do not do this, you will see cruises continue to move these cruises to other countries,” Moody said. “Florida will not allow that to happen.”

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The CDC lifted its original pandemic-related “No-Sail Order” on October 31, 2020. In its place, the “Conditional Sailing Order” — often referred to as the CSO — was released.

This Order, which was recently updated, requires cruise operators, including Disney Cruise Line, to meet a variety of health and safety measures before they can once again allow Guests onboard. All ships in a fleet, for instance, must conduct test cruises and receive their own conditional sailing certificates.

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At this time, the Disney fleet — the Disney Dream, the Disney Fantasy, the Disney Magic, and the Disney Wonder — have not begun test cruises and, therefore, have not received their certifications. At this time, Disney Cruise Line has canceled all cruise itineraries through June 2021.

This was not unexpected, as Walt Disney Company CEO Bob Chapek recently indicated he anticipated a Fall 2021 return to sailing at the earliest.

The Disney Magic will offer summer cruises in the U.K. only.

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Disney Cruise Line currently sails out of both Florida’s Port Canaveral and PortMiami on a regular basis. Many of the cruises that depart from Florida take Guests to Disney’s popular private island, Castaway Cay, in the Bahamas.

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