Norwegian CEO Threatens to Leave Florida
Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings CEO Frank Del Rio has threatened to leave Florida if the company cannot operate ships from the state as soon as possible.
He said “At the end of the day, cruise ships have motors, propellers and rudders, and God forbid we can’t operate in the state of Florida for whatever reason, then there are other states that we do operate from. And we can operate from the Caribbean for ships that otherwise would’ve gone to Florida.”
His comments were in response to Florida’s recently-passed bill, which bans businesses in the state from asking anyone to provide vaccination proof. The bill poses a problem for Norwegian, because for the foreseeable future, the company is requiring that all passengers and crew be vaccinated.
Rotterdam Completes Sea Trials
Holland America Lines Rotterdam completed sea trials last week off the coast of Italy. Rotterdam left the yard April 25 and performed the preliminary sea trials over two days before going into dry dock at Fincantieri’s Trieste shipyard where hull maintenance and painting were performed.
The ship then started its official sea trials on May 3, returning to Marghera May 6, where the final steps in the construction process will be completed. Rotterdam is scheduled for delivery on July 30.
Carnival Sensation Set to Arrive in Galveston
And finally, according to Marine Traffic, Carnival Sensation is the next ship scheduled to arrive in Galveston. If the ship follows in Carnival Vista‘s footsteps, it will start the crew vaccination program in partnership with the University of Texas Medical Branch.
All crew members will eligible to receive both doses of the vaccine.