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Norwegian Cruise Line challenging Florida’s vaccine passport ban in court

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March 18, 2020, Norwegian Cruise Line. (AP Photo/Joerg Sarbach, File)

(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.

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A Covid-19 vaccination card is displayed. | Marcio Jose Sanchez/AP Photo

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.”