New Information Surfaces About Lawsuit Against CDC
The lawsuit between Florida and the CDC is currently in mediation, but it could wind up having a chilling effect on not only sailings out of the Sunshine State, but cruises to Alaska as well.
At issue is the legality of the Conditional Sailing Order. Florida’s lawsuit accuses the CDC of overreach and is essentially attempting to invalidate the agency’s Conditional Sailing Order.
But according to new documents filed by lawyers for the CDC, the recently-signed Alaska Tourism Restoration Act — which clears the way for cruise ships to visit Alaska without stopping at a foreign port — would also be invalidated if Florida were to win its case against the agency.
This story is still developing.
Bahamas Paradise Approved For Test Cruises
Yet another cruise line has been CDC approved for test sailings starting this month.
Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line is set to run a two-night test cruise with pre-selected volunteers aboard its ship Grand Classica on June 25. The voyage will depart from Palm Beach, Florida and call in Freeport, Bahamas, just like the line’s regular voyages.
If the simulated sailing earns CDC approval, Bahamas Paradise plans to resume revenue cruises on July 2.
Silversea Cruises Announces 2021 Alaska Voyages
And finally, Silversea Cruises is the latest line to announce that it will be sailing in Alaska this summer.
The 596-passenger Silver Muse will operate a series of ten and 11-night voyages from Seattle beginning July 29. Port calls will include Ketchikan, Juneau, Wrangell, Skagway, and Sitka, with scenic cruising to the Sawyer and Mendenhall glaciers.
Bookings will open on June 7.