A federal judge has blocked a request from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to maintain COVID-19 restrictions on Florida cruise ships.
Florida District Judge Steven Merryday said in the court filing on Wednesday that his decision was “not about what health precautions against COVID-19 are necessary or helpful” but “about the use and misuse of governmental power.”
The legal battle started in April, when the state of Florida sued the CDC over its stringent rules for the cruise industry, called a Conditional Sailing Order (CSO), which the CDC introduced in October 2020. The CDC had “singled out” the industry, which “as a result, is on the brink of financial ruin,” the state said in the filing.
Under CSO rules added in May, cruise ships can only set sail normally when at least 95% of people on board, including the crew, are fully vaccinated. If not, ship operators must take volunteers on “test” cruises to show they can mitigate COVID-19 transmission.
Merryday said in Wednesday’s court order that the CDC’s “dark allusions” about the prospect of COVID-19 transmission on cruises ignored “state and local health authorities, the industry’s self-regulation, and the thorough and costly preparations and accommodations by all concerned to avoid ‘transmission’ and to confine and control the ‘transmission,’ if one occurs.”
The pandemic has hit the cruise industry hard since its outbreak last year. Cruise ship giant Carnival reported a $2.9 billion net loss in the third quarter of 2020, it said in an earnings filing.
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Carnival Corp says its guests’ and employees’ personal data may have been impacted in a data breach first discovered on March 19, a company spokesperson told Insider in an email statement on Friday.
In response to the breach, Carnival “shut down the event,” informed regulators, and called on a cybersecurity company to look into the attack. The investigation later found that information on guests, crew members, and employees with Carnival Corp and several of its brands – Carnival, Holland America, Princess, and “medical operations” – were impacted by the “third party access to limited portions of its information technology systems,” according to the spokesperson.
Personal information like Social Security and passport numbers, addresses, and health data may have been accessed during the breach, the Associated Press reported.
However, “there is evidence indicating a low likelihood of the data being misused,” the spokesperson told Insider. Carnival has since contacted the people who may have been affected by the data breach, and has created a call center to field any questions.
“As part of its ongoing operations, the company is continuing to review security and privacy policies and procedures and has been implementing changes as needed to enhance our information security and privacy program and controls,” the spokesperson said.
Customers are scrambling to book Seabourn’s 2023 world cruise after the luxury cruise line debuted the 140-day trip earlier this month.
Seabourn Cruise Line – owned by Carnival – first began accepting bookings for its “2023 World Cruise: Extraordinary Discoveries” on February 12. Since then, the cruise’s penthouse spa and premium suites have sold out, a Seabourn spokesperson told Insider in an email statement.
And now, the cruise line is seeing more demand for the 2023 world cruise than it saw for its 2020, 2021, and 2022 world cruises from the same selling cycle.
Keep scrolling to see Seabourn’s 2023 sailing and some of its global destinations.
Seabourn’s global cruise aboard the Seabourn Sojourn will be setting sail from Miami, Florida on January 6, 2023.
The cruise will then bring passengers across the Pacific, Indian, and Atlantic Ocean to its final stop in Barcelona, Spain on May 27, 2023.
In total, the 140-day cruise will hit 61 destinations across 32 countries and six continents.
These destinations focus on places that “guests are likely not familiar with, but will love being able to explore,” Tim Littley, Seabourn’s senior director of global itinerary planning and product development, said in the press release.
In total, the cruise will dock overnight in 10 cities and will have extended stays at 16 ports.
Along the way, cruisers will get to see classic hotspots like Sydney, Australia, Cape Town, South Africa, and Lima, Peru.
The ship will also stop at “small hidden gems” like the Easter Island, Seychelles, and Papua New Guinea.
Does 140 days out at sea seem too long for you? Potential cruisers who can’t hang around for the full trip can instead book one of Seabourn’s segmented stays for between 21 to 81 days.
However, guests who book the full cruise will receive a list of perks, including unlimited laundry and internet.