April 21. Alaska is joining Florida’s lawsuit against the U.S. Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) in an effort to restore cruising in U.S. waters, Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy announced. “Alaska urged the CDC to withdraw, or amend, its Conditional Sailing Order to allow for a cruise season in Alaska,” Dunleavy said.
The lawsuit challenges the CDC’s shutdown of the cruise industry on the grounds that it goes beyond the scope of the agency’s legal authority. The governor also said the Conditional Sailing Order fails to recognize the cruise industry’s voluntary safety measures and the safe resumption of cruising in other countries.
Over 400,000 passengers have returned to cruising in nearly a dozen other countries, resulting in fewer than 50 confirmed cases of COVID-19.
“Through this lawsuit, Alaska seeks to protect its citizens and its interests by forcing the CDC to act within the limited authority Congress granted it,” said Alaska Attorney General Treg Taylor. “CDC simply does not have the authority to arbitrarily shut down an entire industry.”
Alaska still faces the challenge of Canada’s ban on cruising through February 2022. Dunleavy has signed a bill urging the U.S. Congress to exempt cruise ships from the Passenger Vessel Services Act (PVSA) while Canadian ports are closed to cruise ships carrying more than 100 people.
Source: Travel Pulse