2021 May 10, 9:56am
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DeSantis segued to the lawsuit the state of Florida has filed against the CDC:So that is fundamentally unfair. It makes no sense and we are suing the CDC right now. We have a hearing coming up in federal court. But I can tell you, I want the cruises going. I want the cruise ships going; I think it’s vital for our economy. There’s tens of thousands of folks that are impacted by this issue.When we announced the lawsuit in Miami, I’ll never forget it. We had a bunch of folks behind me, kind of like this, but they were all people who worked in the industry, and not just worked for the cruise lines. You have all these smaller businesses that support this industry, and one of the ladies went up there. She said, “You know, we were told two weeks. It was hard for us, but we were there. We wanted to do our part.” Here we are a year later. And she’s like “You know, there’s been a lot of toll in our community because of Covid. We’ve had a lot of deaths, but they’re not deaths from Covid. They’re deaths from despair.
But Norweigan Cruises just announced they are leaving Florida since DeSantis said they cannot mandate vaccines. So the CDC is not hurting Florida, DeSantis is.
Donald saysBut Norweigan Cruises just announced they are leaving Florida since DeSantis said they cannot mandate vaccines. So the CDC is not hurting Florida, DeSantis is.https://cruiseline.com/cruiseline/norwegian-cruise-line/cruise/best/departure/miami-florida
Doubt it. Florida alone is doing fantastic as a state in terms of employment. If cruises leave the state, it's only going to be harder on cruise lines. Think about it. Florida is within a day's sail of every freaking place people want to vacation to in the Carribean, plus people want to visit and vacation in Florida. What state has enough available ports/terminals to satisfy cruise demand like Florida? None.
That is exactly my point. Click on the link, Norwegian Cruises have cruise schedules running into 2024 for departures from Miami. It would be a death sentence for cruises to leave FL. Where will they go for lucrative Caribbean destination cruises? Texas? Louisiana? These states will have similar covid vaccine rules (in fact, TX already has), and have less infrastructure and most departure ports are not as touristy. Galveston, frankly, sucks.
Cruise ships were floating plague towns even before COVID.