Norwegian Cruise Lines is the latest to announce new sail dates from PortMiami after being shut down for 15 months.
Miami-Dade Mayor Daniella Levine Cava has been pushing for the industry to pick up again. Mayor Levine Cava said, “I’m so excited.”. “All of our planning, all of our hard work are paying off!”
She’s happy to hear that some cruise dates have been set. From July on we will have our best chance for beginning and through the fall. We hope to get all of our major cruise lines into the ocean,” she said.
Carnival recently announced The Horizon will sail on July 4th.
The Norwegian Joy is scheduled to depart Port Miami on Oct. 19th. The Norwegian Encore and Norwegian Pearl will depart Port Miami in November and December, respectively.
The first Norwegian cruise will require passengers to get vaccinated.
In order to avoid vaccination requirements, the CDC is allowing ships to do test voyages.
Chiron said Royal Caribbean’s Freedom of the Seas plans to conduct one in June. “They would like to see if they can follow protocols and have no cases on board to demonstrate their protocols are safe,” Chiron said.
There has been confusion about the vaccination requirement since Governor DeSantis and the legislature banned companies from requiring proof.
“I think Gov. DeSantis’ new wrinkle, requiring companies to provide proof of covid vaccination, is foolish, said maritime attorney Michael Winkleman. He believes it is dangerous to set sail without vaccinated passengers and crew.
“I don’t think Governor DeSantis will actually enforce the law, if and when cruise lines begin requiring proof of vaccinations. “This is more of a political stunt than a serious policy consideration,” he said.