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  1. First, not a big deal as to answering the OP's question, but the cruise will end in Miami, not Fort Lauderdale . Second, if you examine where the Bermuda Triangle is this cruise would spend little time in that area of the Atlantic. The northernmost vertex of the Bermuda Triangle is at Bermuda, so in sailing from Montreal to Bermuda, which comprises about 85% of the itinerary, the ship will not be in the Bermuda Triangle at all. Only on the two sea days from Bermuda to Miami, which is the westernmost vertex of the Bermuda Triangle would the ship be merely skirting...and not even going thro
  2. Under the commerce clause of the Constitution the federal government has sole authority to regulate foreign and interstate commerce. The states have zero authority in these areas, even in the absence of specific federal laws and regulations . I haven't seen public comment by a single lawyer considered an expert in this area of law suggesting that Florida has a reasonably good chance to win the argument. That's why there won't be much in the way of fireworks other than political posturing and false narratives.
  3. As someone who has done a number of cruises on a "ship within a ship" (NCL Haven), not to mention having spent my fair share of time in Las Vegas I don't agree with that analogy . There's nothing fake, phony or illusory such as you'll find in Las Vegas... Egyptian pyramids... Eiffel Tower, Empire State Building, Venetian canals, etc. You know you're on a larger ship and in order to experience some of what's there...most notably entertainment and restaurants other than the private restaurant you have to leave the "ship within a ship" and join the general passenger population.
  4. The sailaway from Bayonne, where Royal Caribbean docks, is also not nearly as visually stunning as a departure from Manhattan.
  5. NCL has a ship waiting in Manila . It's been there since being being used to repatriate crew. It may be too late to get butlers out of India. The US has closed its borders to people coming from India and it wouldn't surprise me if other countries are also closed to them...with the result being that a ship may be denied free pratique if it has residents of India on board.
  6. What's apparent is that I won't waste another minute of my time .
  7. It's very apparent you don't understand the law and regulations. The key to whether the cruise would be legal is where the second cruise ends. If it ends in Alaska when you've originally boarded the ship in Honolulu the cruise would be illegal if it doesn't call on a distant foreign port, despite the two individual itineraries, Honolulu to Vancouver and Vancouver to Alaska being legal. The code is very clear on that. You've either misunderstood, misread or never read at all the key language in the code: "(a) In General.—Except as otherwise provided in this chapter or chapter 121 of
  8. They are fries topped with truffle oil and other seasonings such as herbs and spices. Most truffle oil doesn't have any truffles in it...it's apparently most commonly made with a chemical that mimics a truffle-like aroma. Apparently a fair number of chefs are decidedly not fond of it. The times I've had truffle fries I haven't been the least bit impressed .
  9. Clearly you have no idea of the meaning of what you're reading and citing. In fact everything you're quoting prohibits the b2b as described because: (1) The vessel in question is not wholly owned by citizens of the United States as it is wholly owned by a corporation domiciled in a foreign country. (2) The vessel in question would not have have been issued a coastwise endorsement because it's ineligible for the reason of not meeting the requirements in (1), nor is it exempt from the requirement. And FYI, the penalty for violations hasn't been $300 per passenger for many
  10. I've taken many b2b cruises so I'm fully aware of the disembarkation process. You're conflating two regulations and procedures that have nothing to do with each other. For the PVSA purposes any passenger continuing on the ship for the next cruise is not considered to have disembarked . Disembarkation for PVSA purposes only occurs when you've completed all your consecutive cruises on that ship. By the way, you're wrong about the intermediate disembarkation. It is intermediate, not full, for the b2b passengers because you only clear immigration, not customs, since your luggage remains on th
  11. What you're describing is done due to a CBP requirement for the ship have a "zero count" of passengers at the end of the first cruise before the embarkation of passengers for the second cruise is permitted. It has nothing to do with the PVSA. All the PVSA is concerned about is where you originally embarked and where you ultimately disembark, not an intermediate disembarkation at the end of the first segment of a b2b. The PVSA considers the b2b on the same ship as a single cruise even if you booked it as two separate cruises.
  12. For purposes of the PVSA what determines the legality of an itinerary is where you, the passenger, embark and where you, the passenger, disembark, not whether you were on one cruise, two cruises or twenty. Simply, it's not legal for a passenger on a foreign flagged ship to embark in one US port and disembark in a different US port without the ship having called on a distant foreign port.
  13. There is no CDC order prohibiting cruising through November 1. There is the Conditional Sailing Order which permits cruising upon the cruise lines receiving approval from the CDC of their plans and procedures . In fact NCL has submitted a plan to the CDC requesting that cruises resume on July 4 . Is it likely to be approved as submitted for a July 4 start ? No...but it shows that there is movement toward a resumption .
  14. You can also go from one Celebrity ship to another...and even on the same day. Whatever ship and itinerary you find most appealing. The key is that any change of ships makes the trip legal. I hope you find a combination you like.
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