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Health Authorities in Florida Sue CDC to Restart Cruise Travel

Ernice Gilbert | April 09, 2021

Florida health officials on Thursday filed suit against U.S. health authorities in a bid to force the restart of cruise travel, as the industry — Florida being a major cruise hub and the largest in the U.S. — has laid dormant for over a year even as travel restrictions for other industries have been eased. The pressure comes as a mixed group of private and public sector supporters of cruise travel have in recent times called on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to ease what they say is the CDC's stringent and reckless stance against the industry. The agency has not cleared restart even as major cruise ship operators have updated their criteria for voyages, among them mandatory vaccination for both crew and passengers. The lawsuit was filed Thursday in the U.S. District Court in Tampa, Fla., against the CDC, the Department of…

Governors of Five States and Puerto Rico Sign on to…

Staff Consortium | April 06, 2021

Gov't House said Tuesday that a bipartisan team of governors from five states and Puerto Rico have signed-on…

CDC Upholds Latest No Sail Order Through Nov. 1 Even…

Ernice Gilbert | March 29, 2021

Pressure from the Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA), Florida Governor Ron DeSantis and others…

Royal Caribbean Plans Fully Vaccinated Cruises in…

Staff Consortium | March 25, 2021

During a Wednesday community business forum organized by the Bryan administration, Royal Caribbean is…

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Shark Attack Results in Death of Tourist in St. Martin

Staff Consortium | December 11, 2020

AP — A shark killed a 38-year-old female tourist in the French Caribbean territory of St. Martin on Thursday, shocking many in the eastern Caribbean region where experts say such attacks are extreme...

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