Hey, don't shoot the messenger, I'm just telling you what they told me. The B2B supervisor transferred me to the supervisor in charge of Emergency Assistance - they are the ones responsible for this. I didn't think this was possible, but when I asked the supervisor about going from San Diego to Seattle, he explained that the PVSA refers to the ship and not the passenger. (His words, not mine.) He seemed educated on the matter as he further explained if the passenger were to travel from Honolulu to Ensenada, then change ships and continue on to Seattle, that would be perfectly legal and not present the same problem as going from Honolulu to Ensenada to Seattle on the same ship. He said they do this on a regular basis because people are always either missing a departure and have to get the ship at another port or have to leave the ship early due to emergencies.
I'm the first to admit I'm not an expert on the PVSA, but if you guys are, then more power to you. Personally, I don't pretend to understand the laws as to what they can or cannot do. So when it comes to this stuff, I have to rely on what they say. If you disagree with what they're saying, you'll have to talk directly to them. I just happened to be on the phone and asked the question because it got my curiosity up.