Foreign Flag Cruise Ship making US ports?


#1

How is it NCL has at least one of their foreign flagged vesels, Norwegian Pearl, making multiple consecutive stops at three west coast USA ports? I thought it wasn’t allowed. What gives?

http://www.ncl.com/nclweb/destination/itineraries.html?shipCode=&destinationCode=PACIFIC COASTAL&subDestinationCode=PACIFIC
COASTAL.PAC_COAST&duration=7


#2

Sure it is allowed. As long as the voyage starts or ends in a foreign port all is OK, that is to say legal. The Gambling ships in FL used to make one trip foreign every month to stay legal, other than that they just went to international waters and steamed or drifted around for a few hours. In fact the Palm Beach princess still does just that I believe.

The Cabotage law makes it illegal to trade [B]only[/B] within the country. And there are alot of other regulations they have to comply with, regarding taxes, liquor laws etc.


#3

Last time I was in Fl. ( January ) I heard the Palm Beach Princess was undergoing a stressfull bankruptcy. The crew went on strike-captain was fired-C.G. refused permission to sail as the main engine was inoperable and they were coasting along on the gensets. That’s only a few of the setbacks they’re up against.


#4

Is the vessel you describe possibly the vessel they are hiring for in the link?

http://www.maritimejobsearch.com/job-openings/show/1735


#5

[quote=CaptAndrew;26175]Sure it is allowed. As long as the voyage starts or ends in a foreign port all is OK, that is to say legal. The Gambling ships in FL used to make one trip foreign every month to stay legal, other than that they just went to international waters and steamed or drifted around for a few hours. In fact the Palm Beach princess still does just that I believe.

The Cabotage law makes it illegal to trade [B]only[/B] within the country. And there are alot of other regulations they have to comply with, regarding taxes, liquor laws etc.[/quote]

I guess it depends on the definition of “voyage”. I would call a trip between SF and LA a voyage, but I know it’s more complicated than that. Seems like a loop hole to me. Whatever…:stuck_out_tongue:


#6

It’s itinerary includes Canada, a foreign port. It’s my understanding that they cannot transport cargo amongst US cities, ie load in LA, discharge same cargo in SF.


#7

[quote=Jeffrox;26196]Is the vessel you describe possibly the vessel they are hiring for in the link?

http://www.maritimejobsearch.com/job-openings/show/1735[/quote]

No can’t be as the Palm Beach Princess is Panamanian Flag. The ad specifies US Flag.