Ron DeSantis and the cruise industry over whether to require passengers to show proof of Covid-19 vaccines is coming to a head as some cruise lines prepare to relaunch ships from their top ports in the state this summer.
But Florida, as well as Texas and Alabama, which also have cruise ports, passed laws barring businesses from requiring “vaccine passports,” or proof of vaccination.
Florida filed a lawsuit in April challenging the federal government’s restrictions on the cruise industry.
The states’ measures have put cruise companies in a bind, analysts say, and the companies have responded with a mixture of policies.
Royal Caribbean International, owned by the same parent company, is strongly encouraging, but not requiring, vaccinations for passengers on voyages departing from Florida ports, he said.
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