Q. What is the Jones Act or the Passenger Services Act?

The Passenger Services Act (PSA) became law in 1886 and has been a part of U.S. cabotage law ever since. The law was designed to protect the United States domestic transportation industries (as applicable to both merchant and passenger vessels). The PSA grants U.S. flagged vessels the right to transport cargo and passengers between U.S. ports.

P&O vessels are foreign-flagged, and therefore must adhere to the Passengers Services Act and is not permitted to transport passengers between U.S. ports (unless a call to a distant foreign port is scheduled as previously defined).

For full information on which ports of call this applies to, please contact our Customer Contact Centre please visit our website for contact details.

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