Key West to vote on barring big cruise ships, as Bar Harbor bans 2020 cruises

Nearly 400 cruise ships carrying 1.2 million passengers visited Key West in 2019

Key West, Florida, will vote on limiting cruise ships disembarkations in 2021 because of coronavirus after a group called Key West Citizens for Safer Cleaner Ships called for changes in the tourism-heavy state.

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Meanwhile, the town council in Bar Harbor, Maine, recently voted to block cruise ships for the rest of 2020, News Center Maine reported.

The local pushback on cruise ships is another hurdle for cruise lines that have repeatedly postponed sailings.

"We're disappointed with Bar Harbor's decision," American Cruise Lines Vice President Paul Taiclet said, according to News Center Maine. "We wouldn't be making any effort to operate if we didn't feel like we could keep the citizens of Maine safe."

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Key West Citizens for Safer Cleaner Ships successfully pushed for a November referendum on disembarkations, Cruise Industry News reported.

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The group is calling for:

-Limiting passengers disembarking from cruise ships to a total of 1,500 people per day.

-Prohibiting cruise ships with a capacity of 1,300 or more passengers from disembarking.

-Giving priority to cruise lines with the best environmental and health records.

Nearly 400 cruise ships carrying 1.2 million passengers visited Key West in 2019, according to the Miami Herald.

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