Royal Caribbean's Response to DeSantis's Restrictions on Freedom of Association
Unintended consequences strike again.
Earlier this month, the line [Royal Caribbean] said that certain venues on the ship would be off-limits to unvaccinated passengers, but it didn’t give specifics. This week’s listing of forbidden venues fleshes out the plan. The newly posted list includes:
The Chef’s Table
Izumi Hibachi & Sushi
Viking Crown Nightclub
Casino Royale (the ship’s casino)
Vitality Spa (the ship’s spa)
This is from Gene Sloan, “Royal Caribbean to unvaccinated travelers: No sushi (and a lot of other things) for you,” The Points Guy.
Why is Royal Caribbean doing this? Sloan explains:
The new rules come in the wake of threats from Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis that any cruise line that requires passengers to show proof of a COVID-19 vaccine will be fined. A new Florida law forbids businesses in the state from requiring customers to show proof of a COVID-19 vaccine.
I wrote about Governor DeSantis’s attack on freedom of association in early April.
The good news is that I didn’t anticipate how clever Royal Caribbean would be in responding to it.
HT to Donald Wittman.