Published On: Wed, Jun 23rd, 2021

Celebrity Cruises Drops COVID-19 Vaccine Requirement, Handing Win to Florida Governor

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Celebrity Cruises announced it will drop a requirement for passengers to show proof they’ve been vaccinated against COVID-19 for trips departing Florida, essentially handing a political victory for Gov. Ron DeSantis after he mandated that firms cannot implement “vaccine passport”-type systems in his state. Cruise operators had grappled with DeSantis, a Republican, over his order banning businesses from requiring proof of vaccination. The firms pointed to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC)’s restrictions on cruises that were published in October when asking DeSantis to rescind his order. “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 Cruises now says on its website about sailing from Florida. When departing from other states, “All guests age …

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