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MIAMI (CBSMiami) – Royal Caribbean’s Freedom of the Seas departed Sunday from PortMiami for its first simulated sailing.

The ship was loaded with volunteers, including company employees and their guests.

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Everyone onboard is fully vaccinated – as required by the CDC – and over the age of 18.

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The journey will be two nights and the ship will dock at CocoCay in the Bahamas.

Last week, a federal judge handed Gov. Ron DeSantis a legal victory in his dispute with the CDC over cruise line vaccinations.

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He agreed with the governor, saying that cruises leaving Florida can only recommend that people on board be vaccinated against COVID but not require it. Team