A Norwegian Dawn cruise ship arriving at the port of Marseille in the Mediterranean Sea of France on July 27, 2021.
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Norwegian Cruise Line CEO Frank del Rio announced on Tuesday that his entire fleet of 28 ships will resume operations for the first time by April 1st since the pandemic fixed most of the world’s cruise industry. This year’s.
Norwegians currently operate eight vessels under three cruise brands, and all vessels on board must provide proof of complete vaccination before departure.
“If anything, the world is open and more people are vaccinated,” Del Rio said on CNBC.Closing bell“The demand for voyages we have operated so far remains very strong.”
He said the company currently requires all passengers and crew to be vaccinated prior to boarding and does not allow unvaccinated children who are not yet eligible to fire. ..
People under the age of 12 are not yet allowed to receive Covid shots, Pfizer Data submitted I went to the Food and Drug Administration last month in the hope of receiving an emergency use authorization to administer the vaccine between the ages of 5 and 11. If approved, Del Rio said that fully immunized children of that age group would be allowed to cruise.
The FDA will review Pfizer’s findings at a meeting on October 26, and the vaccine could be rolled out to ages 5-11 as soon as Halloween begins.
“Are we losing some customers? Probably,” Del Rio said of the vaccine mission. “But today, we believe our mission is to have a competitive advantage.”
Miami-based Norwegians clashed with Florida Governor Ron DeSantis this summer over state law prohibiting businesses from requiring customers to certify vaccinations.Norwegian August 8 A federal judge has issued a temporary injunction to preserve proof of the company’s vaccination requirements.
Despite Cruiseline’s rigorous vaccine protocol, Del Rio said passengers and employees do not yet need Covid booster shots. However, as the pandemic worsens and more people immunize against the virus, Norwegians can mandate additional immunization or adjust the company’s existing vaccine guidelines if the pandemic worsens, he said. Said.
“I got the booster two weeks ago because I was qualified myself,” Del Rio said. “Therefore, if the timing is right and the pandemic continues to be a threat to humanity, we need to consider it.”
Norwegian Cruise Line plans to launch a full fleet by April, CEO said
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