I'm not sure if I understand all the intricacies of the Passenger Service Act, but I believe there's a restriction against foreign ships having itineraries that start at one US port and end at another. From an online discussion
of the consequences of the act -
Suppose you were one of the passengers on the Statendam this year, going on the one-way cruise to Hawaii from San Diego (as opposed to the 16-day roundtrip). The round-trip cruisers got on and got off in San Diego, but the one-way passengers waved goodbye to the Statendam in San Diego, then hopped on a bus at the crack of dawn the next morning, bussed to Ensenada, Mexico, and then boarded the Statendam - all because of the PSA. The Statendam didn't even stay long enough for other passengers to go ashore for the day. Can such a silly routine make any sense?
So it sounds like a foreign port doesn't satisfy the rule if the start and end points differ.
Post Edited (01-30-03 11:44)