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Old January 31st, 2004, 02:46 AM
Jimmy Shang
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Default Foreign Students on Cruises

Hi,

My girlfriend and I want to go on a cruise over Spring Break but have noticed that all the cruises, even those that focus on the West Coast, have some foreign port of call. Since she is a foreign student, leaving the US will be difficult. Does anyone know of

1) any cruises leaving from San Francisco WITHOUT any foreign ports of call?

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2) if there is somehow an exemption for foreign students on cruises?
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Old January 31st, 2004, 11:01 AM
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Jimmy,

I believe it's called the Jones Act, which requires any non-US bashed ship to stop in at least one foreign port before coming back to the United States. The only exception would be a US-based ship (and there are so few).

We were just on a 4-nighter with two students from Taiwan and Japan ... they didn't have a problem, but did have to go through some rig-a-ma-row at Customs, etc.

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Old February 2nd, 2004, 09:52 AM
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does she have a passport or a student visa? You don't have to be a US resident to sail from a US port. I would call immigration to find out exactly what documents she needs.
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