• Cheers to 25 years: Celebrate with Us!
  • Write a Review
  • Boards
  • Log In
  • Find a Cruise
  • Deals
  • Excursions
  • More
You may also like
Dismiss
Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Issues Proposal to CDC for July 4
Federal Appeals Court Allows CDC To Continue To Enforce Rules On Cruise Ships
The CDC in Atlanta, Georgia (Photo: bear_productions/Shutterstock.com)

Federal Appeals Court Allows CDC To Continue To Enforce Rules On Cruise Ships

Federal Appeals Court Allows CDC To Continue To Enforce Rules On Cruise Ships
The CDC in Atlanta, Georgia (Photo: bear_productions/Shutterstock.com)

July 19, 2021

Fran Golden
Contributor
  • Facebook
  • Pinterest
  • Twitter

(12:15 p.m. EDT) -- In a major 11th hour win for the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, a federal appeals court put a temporary hold on a federal judge’s decision that would have blocked the agency from enforcing its COVID-19-related cruise ship health and safety protocols in Florida.

The 2-1 vote by a panel of 11th Circuit Court judges, which came late Saturday, is a blow to Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, who sued the agency arguing that the CDC has no authority to regulate cruises in the state. The judges did not file their opinions in the case.

Under the earlier ruling by Judge Steven Merryday in Tampa, the CDC’s health and safety protocols – as outline in the agency’s Conditional Sailing Order – were to shift July 18 from requirements to merely recommendations in Florida. Merryday had ruled that the CDC was "likely" overstepping its authority in issuing requirements for cruise ships.

For their part, the cruise lines have been carefully following CDC orders and have not gotten involved in the federal court proceedings. Vaccine and other rules set by companies such as Royal Caribbean International and Carnival Cruise Line remain in place.

Cruisers will not see any changes to upcoming sailings because of the ruling. Cruise lines that decide to sail with less than 95 percent of the passengers vaccinated – mostly kids – will still have to do test cruises.

Featured Videos

CRUISE NEWS: The CDC Battle Over Cruise Continues!

CRUISE NEWS: The CDC Battle Over Cruise Continues!

CDC Mask Mandate, Cruise Vaccine News and Canada's Cruise Ban Through 2022 (VIDEO)

CDC Mask Mandate, Cruise Vaccine News and Canada's Cruise Ban Through 2022 (VIDEO)

Here's What It's Like Onboard the First Large Cruise Ship to Alaska in 21 Months

Here's What It's Like Onboard the First Large Cruise Ship to Alaska in 21 Months

Freedom of the Seas: What's It Like Onboard a Test Cruise? (Cruise Critic & Royal Caribbean Blog

Freedom of the Seas: What's It Like Onboard a Test Cruise? (Cruise Critic & Royal Caribbean Blog

Inside Cabins On Cruise Ships: Whose Is Best?

Inside Cabins On Cruise Ships: Whose Is Best?

Perfect Day at CocoCay: Here's How We Spent 2 DAYS at Royal Caribbean's Private Island

Perfect Day at CocoCay: Here's How We Spent 2 DAYS at Royal Caribbean's Private Island

The Most Exciting New Ships In 2021

The Most Exciting New Ships In 2021

Cruise Critic Tries The Ultimate Abyss Slide On Harmony Of The Seas (POV Video)

Cruise Critic Tries The Ultimate Abyss Slide On Harmony Of The Seas (POV Video)

LIVE Q&A: Cruise Critic and Emma Cruises Chat About All Things Cruise

LIVE Q&A: Cruise Critic and Emma Cruises Chat About All Things Cruise

Our Celebrity Silhouette Cruise Experience: March 2020 vs. July 2021

Our Celebrity Silhouette Cruise Experience: March 2020 vs. July 2021

Separately, Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings is suing the state of Florida in federal court in Miami, asking a judge to block a state law that bars businesses from requiring that their customers be vaccinated. Norwegian has asked for a ruling in that case by August 6.

How was this article?

Featured News

1
MSC Takes Delivery of Largest Cruise Ship Ever Built in Italy
5
Norwegian Cruise News: Norwegian Jade Sets Sail From Athens, Marking Line's Return; New Homeport Announced
Want to cruise smarter?
Get expert advice, insider tips and more.
By proceeding, you agree to Cruise Critic’s Privacy Policy and Terms of Use.

We have updated the Cruise Critic Privacy and Cookie Statement effective on October 1, 2020. Please click here for more information.