On the Alaska board there is a discussion concerning the Passenger Service Act and its effect on Alaska cruises. Rev 22:17 posted this wonderful summary of this complicated act:
Historically, the Congress of the United States enacted both the "Jones Act" and the "Passenger Services Act" to protect the United States Merchant Marine at the behest of its labor unions, which are very powerful politically. Technically, the "Jones Act" governs transporation of goods and the "Passenger Services Act" governs transportation of passengers for hire. The unions' objective is to suppress competition by vessels of foreign flag, and thus to guarantee jobs for their members.
The "Passenger Services Act" permits the following, subject to any other applicable laws.
>> 1. A vessel of U. S. flag may disembark passengers in any port, regardless of their port of embarkation.
>> 2. A vessel of foreign flag that embarked passengers in a foreign port may disembark those passengers in any foreign port or in any port of the United States.
>> 3. A vessel of foreign flag that embarked passengers in a port of the United States may disembark those passengers in any foreign port, without restriction.
>> 4. A vessel of foreign flag that embarked passengers in a port of the United States may disembark those passengers in the same port if it has not called at any other port since the embarkation of those passengers.
>> 5. A vessel of foreign flag that embarked passengers in a port of the United States may disembark those passengers the same port if it has called at any foreign port since the embarkation of thsoe passengers.
>> 6. A vessel of foreign flag that embarks passengers in a port of the United States may disembark those passengers in a different port of the United States only if it has called at a distant foreign port since the embarkation of those passengers. (The Passenger Services Act defines the ports of Europe, Asia, Africa, Australia and New Zealand, Oceana, South America, and the islands of Aruba, Bonaire, and Curacao to be "distant" for purposes of this provision.)
All cruises that operate to or from the United States have itineraries that conform to one or another of these provisions, as the "Passenger Services Act" also has teeth -- in the form of a fine of $2,000 per violation, with each illegally disembarked passenger constituting a separate violation.
So here is my speculation. IF this act were to be rescinded, and cruise ships could cruise between American ports without a foreign port in there, what itineraries would you like to see open up?
Of course, Seattle to Seattle Alaska cruises would be popular, and circum Hawaii no doubt. But what about a cruise from Boston to Miami, from Ft Lauderdale to Galveston via New Orleans, or San Diego to Seattle? And do you suppose a major cruise line would try the Mississippi river New Orleans to St. Louis?
What would YOU like to see if this obselete act were gone?
In the last couple of years, a few cruiselines have been doing "Circumnaviagtions of Australia". Although you cant quite get a cirumnavigation over there maybe a three quarter one would be good. Boston to Alaska and return! (I like long cruises ) They could be broken up into about 4 or 5 back to backs.....
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I don't think that I would be interested to just hit U.S. ports and not at least 1 foreign port. I have been all over this country with my job so seeing these port cities wouldn't interest me.
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I'm a huge Mark Twian fan so the Mississippi River cruise sound amazing. It would have to stop by Hannibal, Missouri.
When the Swine flu was going on the cruise lines did a 7 day that went to San Francisco, Seattle, and Victoria Canada. Something like that would be interesting. Even better if it left out of San Francisco and went San Diego, Seattle, and Victoria. I like cruising under the golden gate bridge. I have only done it once but it was pretty interesting.
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