May 20. The U.S. House on May 20 passed a bill that could help restore an abbreviated cruise season this year.
The bill – passed by the U.S. Senate on May 14 – would allow foreign-flagged cruise ships to sail to and around Alaska from the U.S. without stopping at a foreign port, usually Vancouver or Victoria, Canada. Canada has banned large cruise ships from sailing its waters through February 2022.
The Alaska Tourism Restoration Act would temporarily waive that foreign port requirement and allow ships to sail to Alaska from U.S. homeports such as Seattle. The foreign port requirement is part of the Passenger Vessel Services Act of 1886, which some believe is obsolete.
Cruise ships still must gain the approval of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control & Prevention to begin sailing, but the industry appears to becoming increasingly optimistic that positive news is on the horizon.
Source: Travel Pulse