Great subject, or time waster depending on your day. Interesting read of the 4-5 I found and actually read on the, its NOT the JONES ACT, which pertains to cargo only., it IS the PASSENGER VESSELS SERVICES ACT and the REAL "reasoning" behind the prohibition, which includes cruise ship private islands, which is a relatively new phenomenon, is astounding...I call it "isolationist paranoia" but what do I know. Its the CREW that causes the problem. At least I can say I did SOMETHING useful today.

My thanks to CARNICRUISER for bringing it up....or place the blame heheheheh

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Not suggesting sympathy but a ruling on whether the law and/or all aspects of that legislation applies to the privately owned/or leased island model. This legislation is antiquated, and new law should be developed to cover todays world business environment.

Like it!

Oh I'm with you...I think it would be grand to stick in a whole plethora of shorter cruises to nowhere with a private island stop in the middle...they could be offered from a number of US ports. The thought occurs, IF it were legal, bet there'd be a number of private islands suddenly "under development"...

Thanks to all for their opinions. It has certainly given me food for thought. I have recently wondered what happened to the "cruise to nowhere." No I know.

Thanks again to all for the answers.

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