Senate Bill to start cruises again is dead.

From multiple news sources:

The Careful Resumption Under Improved Safety Enhancements (CRUISE) Act, introduced by Sullivan and Florida Republican Sens. Rick Scott and Marco Rubio, sought to revoke the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s conditional sailing order for the cruise industry. “The CDC, Madam President, is dragging its feet,” Sullivan said Wednesday on the Senate floor.

Sullivan pushed for quick approval of the legislation, which would have required the CDC to issue guidance for safely resuming summer cruises by July 4. “They’re dithering. I have been meeting — my staff has been meeting with them certainly weekly. I have met twice with the CDC director,” Sullivan said. “And all we get is foot-dragging. All we get is excuses.”

Washington is another state that relies on cruise ships. Many cruises involving Alaska either start or end there. The industry supports 5,500 jobs and has an economic impact of $900 million to the local economies there.

Those numbers came from Sen. Patty Murray (D-Washington), who opposed Sullivan’s measure. “Those jobs and that impact on the local economy have been severely disrupted,” Murray said. “But we have to ensure the safety of our friends and our families on these cruises before they disembark.” When Sullivan, Scott and Rubio attempted to advance the bill on the Senate floor, Murray objected, which blocked the bill from moving forward.

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15 Answers

Sad day for cruising!Crying

Cruising isn't seen as a priority, hence why the CDC and others are dragging their feet. However, whether they like it or not, bringing back cruising will be ESSENTIAL to the economy!

I suspect that we are seeing the new future of cruising ... it is called flying to a non US port to start the cruise. Miami will have a lot of very vacant real-estate in the port area.

Sad but probably true.Sad

You expected something different??? when the J&J vaccine was "paused", there were SIX cases of clotting out of 6.8 MILLION....after several weeks of meetings, or something, the CDC solved it by adding a warning to the label. BFD...no mention of how many cases of COVID it might have prevented, or deaths, while they diddled......so yes, folks can fly in crowded planes, can go to ball games and other events..the INDY 500 next week will "allow" 135,000 spectators..I watched a college baseball game the other nite, that stadium was PACKED.....but no cruising eh? None of these characters will put their names to a bill that "may" backfire, given the reputation cruise ships have...y'know, the old "floating petri dish"....some may have proposed it, given where they're from, but they KNEW it didn't stand a chance in hell...sure looks good tho..... Besides, if one party says the sky is up and dirt is down, the other will argue the point....and so it continuuuuues....

I never expected it to come to a vote, and I don't think the bills sponsors did either. They probably would of been shocked if it had. All I think they hoped for was that it's been "political laxative", designed to get (or keep) things moving behind the scenes, and keep them in good graces with their constituents of course.

Also get it in the news so some more of the 300+ million people in this country learn what's going on. Most wouldn't care anyway, but maybe a couple people who actually have some influence might start paying attention. Maybe, maybe not............. probably not.

But hey, here's a few time honored sayings that apply. It is better to try and fail than fail to try. You can't get a hit if you don't swing the bat. Nothing ventured, nothing gained, etc ..... etc...... etc...........

Aw NERTZ......I think we should all volunteer to be camp counselors this summer....THEY didn't have any problems opening from the CDC.....

Camp counselors on cruise ships?????

Heyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy.... you may be on to something Yank. What if the cruise lines "re-imagined" their business and called themselves "Floating Summer Camps". They have a lot of the same amenities (swimming, rock climbing, games etc......) We could be just what you said (volunteer counselors). So lets just grab some kids and get on board.

I for one am excited.

Hey AUNTIE...the CDC just came out with updated rules for summer camps for kids so they can open...NO PROBLEMO!!!!! saw it on tv...I'm sure there's a link out there somewhere to it...real simple rules...write em on a bar napkin.... but frankly I don't care....

And ABLEMAN....whut? grab some kids and get excited....or sumpin??? heheheheheheheh

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