Judge says CDC can't require COVID vaccines for cruises

    Florida (KINY) - A federal judge has ruled that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention can not require cruise ship passengers to be vaccinated against COVID-19. ABC has called the ruling an "initial win" for Florida.

    Many cruise lines planning on coming to Alaska this summer have previously said that all or most of their passengers will be vaccinated. This initial ruling does not affect Alaska cruises this summer.

    Royal Caribbean has announced that vaccines are optional on their first Florida cruises. However, unvaccinated travelers will be charged $136 for COVID tests on board, they won't be able to attend some shows and events, and masks will be required indoors.


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