Today, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis held a roundtable discussion at Port Canaveral focusing on the cruise industry, and the impact the industry shutdown is causing to vendors, businesses, and hotels supporting the cruise industry in Florida and across the United States. Industry leaders and the State of Florida are urging the CDC to work together with the cruise industry.
During the roundtable, Disney Cruise Line President, Thomas Mazloum was given an opportunity to address the panel stating the following:
Governor DeSantis, thank you for your leadership, and thank you for the opportunity to be here today. Ladies and gentlemen, you heard it, Let’s get people back to work, Let’s get people back to work! The health situation has changed. [CLIA] Member cruise lines are cruising very successfully outside of the United States, proving with the right protocols, cruising is a very safe and beautiful experience. We still have a still have a significant portion of our Disney Cruise Line employees right here in Central Florida furloughed a year into this – and what most people don’t realize the impact the has on vendors, on business partners, communities, including the folks right here in Port Canaveral. They are struggling, they are struggling, Let’s get people back to work! The health situation has changed . We have proven cruising is successful, we are the only industry not allowed to operate by the US Government Let’s get people back to work! Let’s start by treating this industry like any other sector in travel tourism. Thank you very muchDisney Cruise Line President,Thomas Mazloum – March 26, 2021
Later in the roundtable discussion, Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody mentioned the State of Florida is exploring legal action on behalf of the cruise industry to help restart the cruise tourism sector in the United States. It is very important to note, there is no legal action being taken by the state at this time, they are only considering their options.
Once the roundtable has been archived this post will be updated with a link to the full video. The full replay of today’s roundtable discussion on the cruise industry is available here.