New U.S. Customs regulation erases Cruises to Nowhere

By ,   June 12, 2015 ,   Cruise Industry

New U.S. government regulations imply that cruise lines will not be able to offer cruises to nowhere any more. These are specific short voyages where cruise ships sail into international waters from American ports and then return without calling at any ports.

Beginning in 2016, cruises to nowhere will not be allowed as ships leaving the U.S. will be required to visit at least one foreign port before returning to the U.S.

A spokesman for Carnival, the only line to feature regularly scheduled cruises to nowhere, said that "certain short duration cruises without a foreign port of call are subject to itinerary changes".

Senior cruise director for Carnival, John Heald, added that 3-night cruises to nowhere sailing out of New York's Manhattan terminal on the new Carnival Vista would be affected. Any travelers currently booked on those sailings would be notified of the new policy and planned itinerary changes.

The new regulation forced Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL) to cancel three 2-night voyages on Norwegian Breakaway, scheduled for 2016 from New York, according to spokeswoman Vanessa Picariello.

Specifics on the new government regulations were not immediately available.