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Cruise Radio News Briefs — April 14, 2021 [VIDEO]

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Senators Introduce Legislation to Allow Cruising to Begin in July

Senators from Florida and Alaska have introduced legislation that would override the CDC’s regulations and allow cruising to begin no later than July 4. 

On Tuesday morning, Florida senators Rick Scott and Marco Rubio, along with Alaska senator Dan Sullivan introduced the CRUISE Act, which stands for Careful Resumption Under Improved Safety Enhancements.

The legislation would require the CDC to revoke its existing framework by July 4, and instead create an inter-agency group made up of the Secretaries of Transportation, Homeland Security, and Commerce.

The bill has also been introduced in the House of Representatives, although it is at this point unclear whether it will have enough support to pass in either legislative body.

STORY: Senators Launch ‘CRUISE Act’ Bill To Override CDC

Cunard Captain Retires, Is Awarded With Commodore Rank

After 30 years with Carnival Corporation, Captain Christopher Wells is retiring from cruise ship life. 

20 of the past 30 years of his career have been spent with Cunard, with 13 of them aboard Queen Mary 2. He also sailed briefly with Princess, P&O Cruises, and P&O Cruises Australia. 

Captain Wells combined his seafaring career with a 25-year commission in the Royal Naval Reserve (RNR) and remains an Honorary Captain in the Royal Navy.

STORY: Cunard Cruise Ship Captain Retires After 20 Years

Disney Receives More Pushback on Lighthouse Point Project

Although Disney and the Bahamian government held a public meeting on April 8th regarding the Environmental Impact Assessment on the company’s proposed cruise port at Lighthouse Point, an organization called the Waterkeeper Alliance says that wasn’t enough. 

Complaining that the session was dominated by Disney reps and allowed little time for questions from the public, the group is planning to host its own unofficial series of public meetings, with the first to be held on Zoom this Thursday, April 15th. 

Various environmentalist organizations have been attempting to stonewall Disney’s development of the area since the project was first announced back in the summer of 2019.

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