Originally Posted by Paul Motter
I am not an expert in PVSA, but I have to disagree with some of what I have read here.
First, while the law does "say" distant foreign port it is obvious they have accepted Ensenada, Nassau and Vancouver as being "far enough" -otherwise every cruise from the mainland to Hawaii would have to stop in Kiribati, and every Caribbean cruise would have to go to Europe.
Secondly, when you you do two cruises in a row you are doing two different cruises, not one cruise. If you get off and go through customs and then reboard everything should be fine.
Paul, my reading of a few things on PVSA makes note of the difference between Near and Far ports. On a closed loop cruise, a call at a near port is sufficient. So if you go from LA to Hawaii, calling on Ensenada satisfies the law as long as you're coming back to LA. Getting off in Hawaii would not cut it. The PC cruise I am aiming for in December calls on Cartagena to satisfy the distant port requirement.