U.S. Customs and Border Protection has proposed new regulations that, if approved, could severely affect the cruise industry. The proposal requires foreign-flagged cruise ships (most cruise ships operating in the U.S. market are foreign-flagged) departing a U.S. port to spend 48 hours in a foreign port during each cruise and 24 hours in a foreign port for every two days in an American port. The proposed regulation is an attempt to reinterpret the Passenger Vessels Services Act of 1886 in a ...

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