Bill Proposed to Amend Jones Act in Congress

The Jones-Shafroth Act, more commonly known as the Jones Act is one that cruise travelers may or may not be aware of until you talk about cruising to Hawaii.  All foreign-flagged ships sailing to and from a US Port must stop at a foreign port during their cruise to comply with the Act.  This means that many sailings to Hawaii also include a stop at Ensenada Mexico.  While Ensenada is not a desired port of call for many, it is a requirement under the Jones Act to stop at a foreign port and Ensenada is one of the closer ones for a sailing to Hawaii.

Blake Farenthold, congressman from Texas, has sponsored this bill, called “The Creating and Restoring U.S. Investment and stimulating Employment Act”.  This Act would allow any foreign flagged vessel on a cruise that is longer than 24 hours long would be allowed to visit U.S. ports consecutively, without a requirement to stop at a foreign port.

3 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Marc on July 18, 2011 at 8:46 AM

    Say what?!?!? …any vessel longer than 24 hours long….

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  2. Posted by Marc on July 18, 2011 at 8:50 AM

    Nor is Ensenada a ‘required stop.’ A cruise ship could stop at another island ‘near’ Hawai’i to avoid Ensenada, if desired – as long as it is a foreign port.

    However, despite my quibbling about your post, I hope this amendment is approved!

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