Transcript for Cruise line faces off with Florida over vaccine passport ban
with that battle over the high seas. A major cruise line facing off with the Florida governor over the state's ban on so-called vaccine passports as its ships look to set sail with fully vaccinated passengers this summer. We'll talk with Norwegian cruise line's CEO in a moment but first Victor Oquendo is at the port of Miami with details. Good morning, Victor. Reporter: Good morning, Michael. People can't wait to cruise again. Let's go to our drone above port Miami. Last month the CDC told cruise lines they can set sail from U.S. Ports starting mid-july if at least 98% of the crew and 95% of passengers are vaccinated but here in Florida, it's not quite smooth sailing. This morning, trouble brewing between cruise lines and Florida governor Ron Desantis. Norwegian threatening to pull its ships in places like Tampa, Miami and key west if the governor doesn't allow them to mandate vaccines on board. Last week Desantis doubled down on his vaccine passport ban signing it into law blocking businesses or government entities from acquiring them. Meanwhile, Norwegian, headquartered in Florida and other lines like virgin, royal caribbean and celebrity have all made one thing very clear, that all adult passengers and crew are required to be vaccinated before setting sail on their ships. In 2019 around 60% of all U.S. Cruises left from Florida. Not reaching a compromise could be costly for cruise-related We're estimating losses that could approach half a billion dollars in visitor spending not occurring plus all the lost job, lost wages, you know, tourist development tax that's gone. Reporter: For cruise enthusiast Helen Kaiser, a nurse fully vaccinated along with her husband Kyle getting back to the high seas in a safe way is a dream. They have a four-day cruise set to depart in October. I think if you want to go on a cruise you should be able to provide your documentation and say you're vaccinated if that's what it takes. It's not a right to go on a cruise if you want to go on vacation, that's what you have to do. Reporter: Florida has the largest cruise presence in the country. It's a major moneymaker for the state but according to the federal maritime commission Florida lost out on more than $3.2 billion in just the first six months of the pandemic. There is a lot at stake here,
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