The big cruise lines are ready; Norwegian announces first trip amid legal battles with Florida


ROCKLEDGE, Florida – The major cruise lines are starting to become more active in the United States, as many are returning from a first trip this weekend or are resuming service.

This means Port Canaveral will start to see more and more activity.

Royal Caribbean International returns to sea with a paid cruise on Sunday.

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Allure of the Seas will be the first of the cruise line’s fleet to depart Port Canaveral, a day after the Carnival cruise ship returns from Mardi Gras from its maiden voyage this Saturday.

In Seattle, Washington, Norwegian Cruise Line or NCL announced its first trip with paying passengers in over 16 months.

Norwegian Encore will be the first of the cruise line’s fleet to take off this weekend.

The cruise line is forcing all passengers to get vaccinated, which the company says shows its commitment to safety first.

“During the first 30 days of a vessel’s operation, we will maintain an occupancy of no more than about 60%, the next 30 days we will increase it to 80% and if everything works well from the 61st day, we” will resume operations at full capacity, ”said Norwegian Cruise Line President Frank Del Rio.

Requiring passengers to be vaccinated flies in the face of Florida’s ban on vaccine passports, which led NCL to challenge the state of Florida in court last July.

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A decision is expected in the coming days according to company executives.

In court, the cruise line says if customers don’t like it, they can choose a different cruise service while the state of Florida claims the warrant discriminates.

“We are confident in our position, we believe it is the right thing to do and we will continue to do everything humanly possible to ensure that our guests sailing on our ships are the safest thing you can. do, ”Del Rio said.

Once the decision is made, people can expect to board Norwegian from Port Canaveral as early as November, but in Miami, Norwegian says its Norwegian Gem can depart as early as August 15.

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