First cruise afer pause (River Boat)

Found a you tube video that a river boat has set sail. Looks like we have our first test:

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I think as its an American line and low numbers they're able to start before the others. There are also some small lines that will be able to cruise Alaska (closed loop within the state). Under 250 passengers.

That’s true. We will see what happens!

For years the major cruise lines have been playing the game with the Jones' Act forever by flagging ships outside the US. This is done for tax and labor law purposes. Ships are subject to the laws of those taxing/maritime authorities in which they're flagged. NCL has one ship flagged in the US, Spirit of America. Its based in Hawaii and sailed between the islands without the need to visit a foreign port during an itinerary. There needs to be an overhaul of the legislation. Some of these rules originate from the 1800's! Consequently, at the time these lines might be safe to restart on US only itineraries, they can't because they don't want the higher costs associated with a US flagged ships. They'd be subject to minimum wage laws etc. It will be interesting to see if this ever evolves. Been going on for 100 years.

As I opined elsewhere..not only is it a "conspicuous consumption industry"...but as long as the situation you described exists, no one in foggy bottom is going to stick their necks out and go one inch out of their way to help the cruise industry. This nightmare will end...sometime...and then, over the long haul, they'll continue to come out waaaaay ahead.

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