On Thursday, the White House backed the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as that agency faces off against cruise operators who want its approval to restart voyages in July. Norwegian Cruise Line NCLH, -2.63% aims to resume operations from US ports as of July 4, while Carnival CCL, -1.72% CCL, -4.42% this week extended its US pause to 30 June and said it could relocate ships from US ports in order to operate again.
The CDC has indicated that a summer restart is possible, but issued guidance last week that did not specify when operators can resume shipping outside of the US after a long shutdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic. White House press secretary Jen Psaki declined on Thursday when a reporter asked about Norwegian’s effort to resume operations on July 4, the holiday on which President Joe Biden predicted Americans could meet from safely at least in small groups. “The president’s announcement on July 4 has nothing to do with cruise lines. As you know, it has to do with incentivizing, encouraging Americans to have access to the vaccine, when they can get vaccinated, ”said Psaki. “So it’s more about little get-togethers in their backyards, which is quite different from cruise ships, of course.” Psaki told reporters that it is up to the CDC to determine the guidelines for the cruise industry and then update them. She said: “I don’t anticipate that, but I would give you any expectations you have of changing those guidelines. Again, they are based on medical and health experts who work at the CDC. They are based on data. “The press secretary declined to comment on a lawsuit filed Thursday by Florida against the Biden administration that aims to get cruise ships back on track quickly from US ports.” Today, Florida is fighting back, “he said. Republican state governor Ron DeSantis in announcing the legal action, according to an Orlando Sentinel report. “We do not believe the federal government has the right to wipe out a major industry for more than a year based on very little evidence and very Little Information. “Now Read: Planning To Cruise This Year? You May Not Be Allowed To Get On Board Without A COVID-19 Vaccine