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Old 02-09-2008, 12:48 PM
Location: Tennessee/Michigan
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WASHINGTON — Federal officials are working to finish a proposed rule that threatens to dramatically alter the itineraries of many foreign-flagged cruise ships, such as those operated by Carnival Cruise Lines, Royal Caribbean and others, by requiring much longer port stays.

The proposed change would require 48-hour stays, instead of the usual four- to 12-hour visits, at foreign ports of call, possibly reducing the number of stops during trips of a week or less.

Proposal would roil cruise industry - USATODAY.com
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Old 02-09-2008, 07:22 PM
Location: Out there somewhere...a traveling man.
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I seriously doubt that this will ever come to fruitation. It would cost everyone too much, in other words a loss of revenue for the USof A.
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Old 02-10-2008, 05:17 AM
Location: Amelia View
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Ok, this really is a joke and we're being punked, right?

In all seriousness, I'm sitting here shaking my head in disbelief, that to solve the problem of foreign-flagged ships blatantly breaking the rules and affecting two, yes just two, US-flagged ships in one place, the government wants to negatively affect the entire cruise industry??? Wouldn't it be easier to just crack down on the rule breakers and not let them leave port until the proper time was up? After all, no cruise ship can just come and go at will without a port authority's permission, correct?
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