Big cruise ships will be returning to Alaska for an abbreviated season in 2021, now that President Joe Biden has signed the Alaska Tourism Restoration Act. The new law, championed by Alaska’s congressional delegation, provides a temporary waiver of the Passenger Vessel Services Act, which mandates that foreign-flag ships sailing between U.S. ports stop at a foreign port in-between. To comply, big ships have to call in Canada during their Alaska cruises, but the Canadian government has banned such visits until next year. The new law temporarily waives the foreign port requirement.
Several big-ship cruise lines have announced they will sail to Alaska this summer pending approval by the
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