It appears that the end of Hawaii cruises from the US mainland isn't to far away. From an abbreviated statement in
the Passenger Vessel Services Act looks to have been selectively modified to apply to Hawaii only. If the original proposed limitations are imposed then NCL will have a captive market.
"Latest On Battle Over Hawaii Cruising
No official word yet, but well-placed sources tell Cruise Week that the government has reached a resolution in determining how they will interpret the foreign-flag cruise ship rule. "They've decided to limit enforcement of the Passenger Vessel Services Act to markets where there are large U.S.-flagged ships currently operating--and there's only one: Hawaii," one insider said. "So Alaska, Key West, Maine, etc., don't have to worry about changes."...."