Your Opinion...What Do You Think

Hi,

I have been watching the news, reading this site, reading cruise updates...Hard to know what to do, as I am sure all of you are in the same boat (ship). We currently have a cruise tour to Alaska scheduled with RC for end of August, beginning of September. We have been many times before so not horrible if we can't do this trip.

I have no intention of making $7,000+ final payment next month without confirmation we are going, so I'm sure it's not happening. But, we do have a $4,500 FCC that needs to be used by the end of this year.

Thinking about moving it to any cruise out of Baltimore so we have no airfare involved. What are your opinions as to possibility cruises will leave from Baltimore in October or November?

Thank you all. I respect the opinions of all I read here and it will help me in making my decision.

3 Answers

The optimist in me would go ahead and pay the Alaska cruise.

The way things are going, it is hard to say anything informed about whether Canada will allow tourism, whether ships will sail to Alaska, or whether they will sail out of any US port. For a "guaranteed" sail, you would have to look to the offshore ports in the Caribbean.

CDC has already mentioned that if the cruise lines meet a certain vaccination percentage requirement, they may be starting to sail out of the US in July, so I would think you're fairly safe with sailing out of the US.

In regards to Alaska, they already closed the borders to Canadian travel until 2022, so unless there's a certain modification to the laws in regards to travel to Alaska (I thought I read somewhere it was called "the Jones Act", but I could be wrong), that won't be happening this year, most likely.

The only sure thing would be to cruise from a foreign port in the Caribbean or Europe.

Its the PSVA - Passenger Services Vessel Act circa 1888 - requires ships not manufactured, flagged, or crewed (meaning operating under US labor laws), must make a stop at a non-US port when embarking from a US port on the way to another US port.

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