What is a cruise to nowhere?


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"Cruise to nowhere" is a term used for cruises that do not visit a foreign port of call and generally last for two or three nights. They are offered by some major cruise lines in the United States, such as Carnival and Norwegian, but will no longer be available in 2016 due to being out of compliance with maritime laws.

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Some examples of "cruises to nowhere" are Carnival's two-night cruises out of Norfolk on the Carnival Vista and Norwegian's two-night Breakaway cruises out of New York. Relatively few of these are available as compared to standard cruises that stop in ports.

As of 2015, these cruises will become unavailable in the United States in 2016 as the Department of Homeland Security has determined that most cruise ships will not be able to comply with applicable laws. Ships that are registered in a foreign country are required to stop in a foreign port for at least one night if they embark from the United States. Cruise lines register most if not all of their vessels in foreign countries as compliance with American registration laws would increase their costs.

It may be possible for cruise lines to seek an exception for new vessels. Carnival and Norwegian have announced that they are terminating their "cruises to nowhere" in early 2016, however.

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