Fed Proposal Threatens 10 Million Cruise Passengers with a Rescheduling Nightmare

The International Cruise Ship Association warns that about 10 million cruise ship holidaymakers in the United States are threatened with retroactive cruise planning or their immediate take-off without lifting a new federal proposal.

A new interpretation of the 1866 naval law is proposed by the Federal Bureau of Homeland Security (Bureau of Customs and Border Protection), which aims at Cruises serving the Hawaiian Cruise Market but acts in most of the West Coast ports used by the Cruise Industry. Implementing the proposal would seriously restrict the available options for most Hawaiian cruise operators.

A naval law of 1886 requires foreign registered ships to call at least one foreign port for 48 hours if they stop at two US ports. The US Coast Guard Association said the money spent on cruise ships would be destroyed if the federal government changed the rules.

In conjunction with recent changes to Passport Rules for their re-entry into the US by its citizens. These forms of federal efforts seem counterproductive to major US Port Authority investments to attract more Cruise Vacation Tourist with upgrades to their facilities!

With the Cruise Ship eruption in the last 10 years, one has to wonder why any proposal that cuts US destinations will be tolerable. The loss of tourist dollars for this country should not be the result of any governmental action. The federal government must make this the best possible situation for holiday travelers and encourage tourism and the accompanying dollars that follow do not deal with such unnecessary action.

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