"Unified Command conferenced last night and reached [conditional] approval of Carnival’s Plan, subject to approval between Broward and Carnival," Broward County Commissioner Michael Udine wrote on Thursday. "Final document will be released this morning. As of now, ships remain outside US Waters. Look forward to seeing a SAFE plan for all to resolve."
The cruise company's plan as of Wednesday night proposed that guests who are well enough to travel "transfer straight from the ship to flights for onward travel home, the majority on charter flight." Holland America said nearly 1,200 guests are well enough to travel.
The trapped cruise ship guests includes 49 Floridians, according to Port Everglades, the port where they hope to disembark. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis said Wednesday the state would accept the 49 Floridians as officials considered what to do with the rest of the cruise ship guests.