March 29. Responding to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s announcement that it did not intend to lift the current restrictions preventing the resumption of US Cruises, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis said Floridians that earn their living related to cruises cannot wait till November. The governor said Florida would explore its legal options and possibly sue the federal government to get cruising restarted.
The governor said that the COVID-19 pandemic’s effects on the cruise industry are part of a larger struggle facing the entire travel industry. He cited figures that as of the end of 2020, the travel industry as a whole had $1.1 trillion in losses, a 42 percent drop from 2019. A popular tourist destination, Florida has experienced wide-ranging indirect impacts according to the government officials who pointed to everything airports and ground transportation to hotels, restaurants, and tourist destinations.
“The rationale for keeping US cruises shuttered through the foreseeable future is based on outdated data and guidelines put in place before we had a COVID-19 vaccine,” contended Attorney General Ashley Moody. “The federal government is acting outside its authority in singling out and docking the cruise industry while other tourism-based businesses continue to operate in accordance with health guidelines.”
Source: Maritime Executive