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This may or may not have any impact on the way cruise lines do business in the US. From reading this, probably not.   But then, the way the cruise industry went completely bonkers a few years back over a relatively minuscule port tax in Alaska, makes me wonder. They ran in circles screaming and shouting, paid off a lot of our Legislators and took our then governor down to Florida to their big annual wine and dine gathering and pumped him full of so much cruise line lying propaganda and misinformation it was pathetic. Of course, during the next legislative session these minions voted the tax out.

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Thanks for the heads up. Interesting read.

This isn't the tax I mentioned in my OP as that never went to court and was a statewide tax imposed by the Legislature. That battle occurred seven years ago. However, John Binkley, from Fairbanks, whose family owns the River Boat Discovery tour business there, is the mouthpiece up here for the entire cruise industry. He was instrumental back then in achieving the legislative repeal of the tax. As Binkley says in the article, their concern is currently not over the tax itself but the detail as to what is spent on what. What is not mentioned though, is that a few years back in Ketchikan the cruise industry was complaining about the exact same thing, they were arguing minute details of every cent spent. This time the City of Juneau is tougher and not going to acquiesce so easily. Word on the street is that Binkley wants to be governor, election next year in November. "We don’t dispute the collection of the fees. We don’t dispute those at all, it’s just the expenditures,” said John Binkley, president of Cruise Lines International Association Alaska, the industry group suing the city over how it spends the $8-per-passenger fee it collects."

If they go with tonnage, we might get to go back to smaller ships.Wink

The new tax bill will not tax a portion of cruise revenues based on time in US waters. Here’s the latest.

I like the smaller class ships.

Agreed. I love the smaller ships as well. About to take first trip on a large one. See how it pans out.

I also like the smaller ships I find my way around better


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