(Miami, FL) — Norwegian Cruise Line is suing Florida over the “vaccine passport” ban Governor Ron DeSantis recently put into place.
The third-largest cruise company in the world asked a federal judge Tuesday to overturn a new Florida law that prohibits companies from requiring cruise passengers provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination, escalating the industry’s battle with Gov. Ron DeSantis.
Attorneys for the cruise line argued that the ban violates the First Amendment by blocking communications between a business and customers, as well as the Fourteenth Amendment by hindering their ability to keep employees and customers safe.
Norwegian had previously pushed back on Florida Governor Ron DeSantis’ executive order prohibiting businesses from requiring proof of vaccination.
In a May earnings call, CEO Frank Del Rio hinted the Miami-based cruise line could “take its business elsewhere” if the state went through with the order.
Company officials say in their court filing that this legal action was taken “as a last resort.”