Did you know that you have to sail to a foreign country before you can sail to a domestic port in the U.S. if you are on a cruise ship? That is, unless the cruise ship was built in the U.S., is registered in the U.S., owned and captained and crewed by U.S. citizens. Trouble is, there aren’t any U.S.-built cruise ships.
Blake Farenthold is trying to change this law, (section 27, the Jones Act, of the Merchant Marine Act of 1920). He is presenting legislation that will enable cruise ships to go from Brownsville/South Padre area to any U.S. port. Wouldn’t it be fun to stop at Corpus Christi, Galveston, New Orleans, or any of the Florida coastal towns all the way to the Florida Keys?