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(3:45 p.m. EST) -- The outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic on the global stage last year resulted in the shutdown of the cruise industry, including the cancellation of the entire 2020 Alaska cruise season. Now, just days into the New Year, the 2021 Alaska cruise season already appears to be on shaky footing. On January 6, Princess Cruises announced ...

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  • 3 weeks later...

Due to Canada not re-opening their ports (Vancouver and Victoria in this instance),

Alaska cruise are not possible. According to the PVSA (Passenger Vessel Services Act)

As far as I know, all of the cruise ships with te Alaska itineraries, are foreign registered, so the following applies.

 

Passenger Vessel Services Act (PSVA)

Folded into the Jones Act is much of the content of the 1886 Passenger Vessel Services Act (PVSA). This is the part that really impacts the cruise industry.

The PVSA reads in part:

No foreign vessels shall transport passengers between ports or places in the United States, either directly or by way of a foreign port, under a penalty of $200 [now $778] for each passenger so transported and landed.

This means that ships of non-U.S registry are barred from taking on and debarking guests at two different U.S ports. An example is that a cruise ship can not sail non-stop from New York to Miami.

But there are some exemptions that relate to the cruise industry:

  • Foreign-flagged ships can depart from and return to the same U.S. port, provided there’s a stop in between at a foreign port. An example is an Alaska cruise out of Seattle, which can stop at Alaskan ports provided a stop is made in Vancouver or another Canadian west coast port before returning to Seattle.
  • Foreign-flagged ships can depart from a U.S. port, stop at a ‘distant’ foreign port, and then continue to a second U.S. port. But to qualify for the exemption they must visit a port outside of North America and the Caribbean. For example, a cruise departing New York and circumnavigating South America, with stops on that continent, can then send passengers home from Los Angeles.
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I have just sent an email to the White House calling for the amendment or temporary suspension of the PVSA.  Many areas of Alaska rely on tourism to boost their local economy, it is up to the federal government to do what they can to minimize the damage a foreign country can cause to the economy of Alaska.  On top of that American citizens have a constitutional right to free movement between the states of our nation... Canada should not be able to interfere with that right in any way.

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9 hours ago, Appalachian Mountain Mama said:

On top of that American citizens have a constitutional right to free movement between the states of our nation..

Do you have a citation to support this?

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Simple solution, the cruise lines can register under the U.S. and bypass Canada altogether. Second solution, maybe if biden reversed his decision on the Keystone Pipeline, where the Canadians lost MILLIONS, they might reconsider letting ships in their waterways.

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On 2/5/2021 at 12:07 PM, Appalachian Mountain Mama said:

I have just sent an email to the White House calling for the amendment or temporary suspension of the PVSA.  Many areas of Alaska rely on tourism to boost their local economy, it is up to the federal government to do what they can to minimize the damage a foreign country can cause to the economy of Alaska.  On top of that American citizens have a constitutional right to free movement between the states of our nation... Canada should not be able to interfere with that right in any way.

I would think that Canada has every right to protect their country and people... regardless of how it

affects any bordering country. Alaska's location is not Canada's problem.

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On 2/5/2021 at 3:07 PM, Appalachian Mountain Mama said:

I have just sent an email to the White House calling for the amendment or temporary suspension of the PVSA.  Many areas of Alaska rely on tourism to boost their local economy, it is up to the federal government to do what they can to minimize the damage a foreign country can cause to the economy of Alaska.  On top of that American citizens have a constitutional right to free movement between the states of our nation... Canada should not be able to interfere with that right in any way.

Canada is not preventing free movement.  You can fly or take a ferry to Alaska.

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9 hours ago, James_TheVirus said:

Canada is not preventing free movement.  You can fly or take a ferry to Alaska.

A ferry is very cost prohibitive. Renting a car for a week in June is $850.00

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