Separate bills filed in both House and Senate to nullify CDC's Conditional Order

Bills have been filed in both the House and Senate to allow Cruise Lines to be able to resume sailing July 1, 2021. This is on top of the Lawsuit by the State of Florida against the CDC to lift the Conditional Sailing Orders.

https://www.royalcaribbeanblog.com/2021/04/19/new-house-bill-introduced-override-cdcs-cruise-ship-ban?fbclid=IwAR0pH4Ajn6H_6mk2OI2UlO-C0sxUwp_f7Hwrdtcphw24aL_8jzkQ7RdOUHA

At this time, Royal Caribbean is requiring vaccinations for all of their sailings from outside of the US (Bahamas, Bermuda, Barbados, Cypress, Singapore, and England - UK Residents only). With Vaccines being required, IMO, this is the obvious next step.

I'm surprised there are not more sponsors from New Jersey, Maryland, Louisiana, Texas, California, and Washington - Y'know, all of the states where their economies are taking huge hits from tourisim dollars from cruises not departing, and jobs. With Florida probably being the hardest hit (14,000,000 or so passengers ANNUALLY) I am not surprised that the most sponsors are from Florida districts.

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Hope it actually accomplishes something. Thanks for the update!

I don't know OPUS. Getting it passed will be a heavy lift. I don't think it can garner any support to pass the Senate, much less the house. Personally I think it's more symbolic than anything else, unless they can get heavy democratic party support, which I don't see happening. Look at the bill's sponsors. All "R's" and no "D's". In fact, I posted on another board that the head of HHS (another "D" ) just extended the Public Health Emergency, which led to the NSO and subsequent CSO.

https://www.cruisehive.com/another-setback-for-resuming-cruises-in-the-u-s/49874

That will give legislators pause. Yankee47 is right, whoever is driving the bus will say when the ships can go again.

Right thing to do, but nothing will happen. Just political posturing. The side in charge doesn't have any affinity for the cruise industry.

Interesting!!! Staying tuned!!!

I can see why the push. Let's face it, many airlines never closed down, and some have sold out seats shoulder-to-shoulder. On a cruise line, yes, you're on the ship for longer periods of time, but one can argue that Social Distancing is easier to maintain on a ship.

If I was working for one of the cruise lines, I'd say "What gives?" to the CDC?

Uh-oh, it looks like the CDC is starting to aim their guns and return fire.
https://www.cruisehive.com/cdc-updates-bahamas-travel-advice-whats-the-impact-on-cruises/49918

Ugh.. who peed in their Wheaties?! I swear someone at the CDC has a personal vendetta against cruising.

It should be noted that the CDC is notorious for being against cruising. Hell, when Cruise Lines were sending ships to help evacuate St Vincent last week during the impending volcanic eruption, the CDC was denouncing it because of the potential COVID spread :Facepalm:

Not joining the conversation...everything has already been said...ad nauseum...besides anything I'd say now would be deleted as....ahem, "inappropriate"....to put it mildly.....

It is sort of a puzzler for me as to why all the negative rhetoric, or political discourse, continues over the CDC. The bottom line for the cruise industry is that they are going to have to be pretty close to certain they don't load up a ship with close to nine K of guests and crew, then have another Diamond Princess type catastrophic event take place where they have to turn around and pay for most the the ensuing loses. Investors simply are not going to stand for such.

It appears that Frank Del Rio happens to be on the right, and only track, here. Here are my thoughts on Florida and Alaska where I'm now spending 6 months in each-----

"Sounds to me that both Ron DeSantis and Mike Dunleavy are both out of touch with reality. Neither seem to listen to what hard core cruising guests want.

Florida blames the CDC for no cruise business, but passes a policy that enterprises can't do business in their State if they require vaccinations for customers------ while at the same time De Santis's buddy, FDR, says Norwegian, Regent and Oceania require all to be vaccinated and the same goes for their crew at least two weeks before crew members board the vessels. Talk about painting yourself into a corner.

FDR points out-----

"What we're hearing from our cruisers is that a wide majority — 86% — will cruise if vaccine requirements are in place," editor-in-chief of Cruise Critic, Colleen McDaniel, told Travel + Leisure, calling the decision by major lines to mandate the jab "pretty significant." "And of our readers who have already been vaccinated, most say that their vaccine makes them even more likely to take a cruise — and they're ready to travel in the very near future," she added."

While up in Alaska, our Governor seems to ignore the fact that no cruise ships of any significance are going to sail north until the Canadians allow cruise ships into their ports.

https://www.adn.com/politics/alaska-legislature/2021/04/21/alaska-joins-anti-cdc-pro-cruise-lawsuit-launched-by-florida/"

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