The Travel Section of the San Francisco Chronicle carried an article this morning that mentioned a possible change in the Passenger Services Act of 1886 (the "Jones Act") that would permit non-U.S. flagged vessels to trave between U.S. ports without stopping at foreign ports during the voyage. At present this Act is why, when you cruise Hawaii on the NCL Star you must port at Fanning Island (to get you out of U.S. territory) and why you cannot cruise from, say, New York to Charleston.
The legislation is sponsored by John McCain (R-Arizona) but the article didn't mention the bill's number. Does anyone know it?
I'm dreaming of.... oh, say San Francisco to Honolulu... Seattle to SF to LA to Catalina (time for sea days there)...
Donna, I've emailed Sen. McCain's office asking for the Senate bill number and intend to write my own state senators (Boxer and Feinstein here in CA) expressing support. Additional (if vague) information from the newpaper article indicates that the bill has the support of roughly a dozen other senators (party affiliation unspecified) and is "likely" to pass, possibly as an add-on to another bill. I'll let you know what response I get.