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Celebrity Cruises drops requirement for passengers to show proof of COVID vaccine for Florida cruises

  • June 23, 2021

cruises from Florida.

Now, passengers will not will be required to show proof of vaccination on ships that depart from the Sunshine State, starting with the cruise line’s first sailing with paying passengers, departing Saturday from Fort Lauderdale. Instead, it will be at the passenger’s discretion whether they decide to tell the cruise line if they are vaccinated.

Passengers were asked their vaccination status during the booking process.

If a passenger chooses not to share proof of vaccination upon boarding, they will not be denied boarding but will be subject to additional restrictions, such as testing.

Celebrity agreed to implement a COVID vaccine requirement in order to receive approval from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to sail with paying passengers from Florida. The cruise line had said that all passengers ages 16 and up would be required to be fully vaccinated in order to meet the CDC’s requirement of 95% of passengers vaccinated in order to bypass a test sailing. 

Florida state law banning businesses from requiring proof of vaccination. The Florida law goes into effect on July 1 but is also outlined in an executive order from Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis.

“Guests over 16 years old (over 12 for any sailing on or after August 1st) who decline or are unable to show proof of vaccination at boarding will be treated as unvaccinated and subject to additional protocols, restrictions, and costs for COVID-19 testing,” Celebrity said on its website.

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There are consequences for those who opt not show vaccine proof

However, with the change, passengers over 16 who opt not to show proof they are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 will be subject to additional protocols, at their own cost, including: 

Delta variant, it is a game with deadly  consequences,” he said.

Cruise restrictions may be rendered optional in Florida

It’s possible that the CDC’s restrictions on Florida cruises could be invalidated altogether, according to a Friday court ruling.

The state of Florida filed a complaint against Xavier Becerra, secretary of Health and Human Services, in U.S. District Court in the Middle District of Florida’s Tampa Division, alleging that the CDC exceeded its authority in issuing its “Framework for Conditional Sailing Order,” published in October.

For now, Florida has been granted a preliminary injunction that could render restrictions on cruising to and from the state imposed by the CDC as optional guidance starting next month.

As a result of the ruling, it is possible that the CDC’s “Conditional Sailing Order” will become only a recommendation as opposed to rule in Florida on July 18. However, through July 2, the CDC has the opportunity to propose a narrower injunction until July 2. 

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