In the lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida, the Miami-based cruise line argued that the state’s ban on vaccine requirements violated the First Amendment by blocking communications between a business and customers, as well as the Fourteenth Amendment. by limiting a company’s ability to ensure the safety of its employees and customers.
The company also accused the Sunshine State of unduly disrupting commercial interests and interstate and international commerce without just cause.
“An abnormal and ill-advised intrusion threatens to spoil NCLH’s careful planning and force it to cancel or obstruct upcoming cruises, thereby jeopardizing and compromising the passenger experience and inflicting irreparable damage of vast dimensions”, the cruise line wrote in the lawsuit.
Norwegian said in the court record that the lawsuit against Florida surgeon general Scott Rivkees was “a last resort.”
The Hill has contacted the Florida Department of Health for comment on the lawsuit.
The company had previously repelled the Florida government. Ron DeSantisRon DeSantisPompeo on 2024: ‘I want to keep making an impact’ Five takeaways from CPAC conference in Dallas Noem hits other GOP governors on COVID-19 PLUS mandates‘(R) decree prohibiting companies from requiring proof of vaccination, with CEO Frank Del Rio reportedly said in a call for results in May that the cruise company could expand its operations elsewhere if Florida made progress in implementing the order.
DeSantis had said the ban was necessary, arguing in March: “It is totally unacceptable that the government or the private sector is forcing you to show proof of vaccination just to participate in normal society. ”
In addition to preventing companies from requiring proof of vaccination, the decree formally prohibits government entities from issuing “vaccine passports, vaccine passes or other standardized documents for the purpose of certifying immunization status.” COVID-19 from an individual to a third party ”.
The legal battle comes as federal health agencies also struggle to implement specific requirements on ships as they seek to resume sailing after the pandemic break in cruise travel.
Last month, a federal judge ruled that the coronavirus-era Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) navigation orders were an abuse of power, issuing a preliminary injunction temporarily barring the CDC from enforcing the guidelines it cruise lines had to agree to abide by. a phased approach to implementing health and safety restrictions before you can start sailing.
However, the CDC last week appealed the judge’s order, arguing that the preliminary injunction “creates a substantial risk that cruise ships will worsen the introduction and spread of the virus in the United States.”