Stemming from a September public records request, the Orlando Sentinel released a list of over 100 potential violators of Florida’s COVID vaccine passport law. The list of potential violators under review by the Florida Department of Health include multiple cruise lines operating from Florida homeports, including Disney Cruise Line.
- Carnival Cruise Line
- Disney Cruise Line
- Norwegian Cruise Lines
- Royal Caribbean
On September 16, 2021, the controversial state law went into effect, but is being disputed in court. The law prevents businesses and governments from requiring customers to show proof of COVID vaccination. Florida’s Department of Health is responsible for enforcing the $5,000 per violation fine.
Currently, a federal court order is preventing enforcement against Norwegian Cruise Lines and it is likely the other cruise lines
The cruise lines are in unique position, as the State of Florida is holding off on enforcing the law on the cruise industry until a decision is made on the temporary injecting halting the enforcement stemming from the Norwegian lawsuit.
Disney Cruise Line restarted operations in Florida without a vaccine requirement, but in August announced that beginning early-September made a change after The Bahamas announced that all cruise ship passengers ages 12 and older must be fully vaccinated in order for a ship to be allowed entry into any of its cruise ports, including private islands like Disney Castaway Cay. To comply with this new requirement, Disney Cruise Line required all Guests ages 12 and older on upcoming sailings must be fully vaccinated to board the ship.
The full list of potential violators from a September public records request can be reviewed in this Orlando Sentinel article.