Royal Caribbean announced that unvaccinated passengers from Florida will have to pay testing fees and undergo other restrictions after Gov. Ron DeSantis issued an executive order that banned businesses from using vaccine passports in the state.
The cruise line’s new guidelines also come after a federal judge struck down the CDC’s “no sail order” on Friday, which effectively means the agency can’t require that all cruise passengers be vaccinated.
That doesn’t mean that unvaccinated passengers won’t face more restrictions when Royal Caribbean’s Freedom of the Seas ship sets out from Miami next week though.
The cruise line said that they “strongly recommend all guests 16 and older be fully vaccinated,” and passengers will be asked to present their COVID-19 Vaccination Record Card upon boarding the ship.