Cruise News Today — January 17, 2022 [VIDEO]

Carnival Ships Skip Key West

More Carnival Cruise Line ships have dropped Key West for January and February sailings.

Key West port calls on Carnival Conquest, Dream, and Sunrise were dropped as docking discussions continue with the port. The vessels will either skip the port for a sea day or visit Cozumel, Mexico instead.

Cruise lines continue to be in talks with Key West about calling at the island. A ruling in 2021 forbids Florida ports from regulating maritime commerce.

Federal Maritime Commission Releases Cruise Report

As we reported over the weekend, The CDC let the Conditional Sailing Order expire on Saturday, moving the CSO to voluntary status — but they weren’t the only federal agency that weighed in on the cruise industry.

Federal Maritime commissioner Louis Sola released his final report after a two-year fact-finding study regarding the pandemic’s impact on the cruise industry.

The industry shutdown impacted 436,000 North American jobs and in the first year caused an economic loss of $39 billion.

The CSO expiring over the weekend didn’t change much for Florida’s cruise industry; a federal judge’s ruling over the summer made the order non-binding after the state sued the agency for federal overreach.

Spain to Require Booster Shot For U.S. Visitors

If you want to cruise from Spain, you’ll need to get the booster shot.

The country will soon require that visitors from the U.S. have their COVID-19 booster shot to visit.

The rule goes into effect on February 1, and applies to travelers who had their initial vaccination over 270 days prior to arrival. The booster must be received at least two weeks before traveling to Spain.

Other countries that are also requiring the booster include The Netherlands as of February 1, as well as Austria.

STORY: Spain to Require Booster Shots For U.S. Visitors

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