Legal Restriction On USA Cruise Ships #SHORTS

Why can’t cruise ships offer trips that only call on US ports, like Seattle to Alaska and back, Miami to Key West and back? Or cruises to nowhere?

Watch my 60-second video explaining why

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You’re wrong if you said the Jones Act. That only covers freight and other maritime ships. Cruise ships fall under the ancient Passenger Vessels Services Act.

This 134 year old act says to carry passengers between only USA ports, ships have to: (1) be built in the USA, (2) be owned by US companies and subject to US employment and immigration laws, (3) flagged, so registered, in the USA. All the main cruise lines fail all of these, and have to call on at least one foreign port between leaving a US port and returning.

That’s why most Alaska cruises cannot happen now that Canada has banned ships in their waters until next year.

After 134 years, unlikely the USA will start granting exceptions. Do you agree?

Gary Bembridge’s Tips For Travellers aims to help you make more of your precious travel time and money on land and when cruising the oceans or rivers of the world. To help you, in every video I draw on my first-hand tips and advice from travelling every month for over 20 years and average of 10 cruises a year.

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Gary Bembridge

I grew up in Zimbabwe, but I have been based in London since 1987. My travel life spans more than three decades and that includes more than 95 cruises. In 2005, I launched Tips for Travellers to make it easy and fun for people to discover, plan and enjoy incredible cruise vacations. And the rest, as they say, is history. I have the largest cruise vlogger channel currently on YouTube, with more than 3 million video views per month.

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1 Response

  1. Linda Greene says:

    Thank you Gary for your update
    Always interesting as we wait to be able to cruise again
    Lynn from Southern California

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