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    Default Here's a thought...

    With all this noise about repealing the Jones Act, which I don't think is going to happen, I was thinking of the scenario, if it was repealed, and how that could "help" the DQ. She could be foreign registered and crewed and operate without much regard for the Coast Guard, Congress, and the unions. Without costly regulations and a third world pay scale, her owners could greatly reduce the fares so more people could afford the cruises. And everyone would be happy except Rep. Oberstar.

    Well, if that sounds outlandish, just remember that this is exactly what all the offshore cruise lines are doing and have been for years.

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    Lexie: I'm no expert on ANYTHING. But just from monitoring this board, it appears that a great deal of the appeal of ALL three queens seemed to be the crew! From one end to the other, from top to bottom. From hotel to ship's company, crew was a good part of the equation. Forgetting for a moment the safety issue (which you cannot really do), would "good mawnin' Miz Lexie" likely translate easily into, say Indian or Portugese? If it did, would a big, heartfelt and toothy grin go with it! Then there IS the safety issue. Where would you get pilots who know our rivers and their ways? But, as Dale sez: "What do I know?" Cap'n Walnut.

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    My point exactly. Of course the big cruise ships know that, so they make sure the officers, cruise directors, et. al., are fluent in English (or several languages), are gracious hosts, and have the appearances of or are from more affluent countries. They are probably paid better as well, and may have the proper qualifications needed to keep things afloat. Well, most of the time. As it stands now, we aren't getting the equation, Jones Act or no. At least something would be better than nothing. But, what do I know.

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    Lexie: Having never been on a cruise liner, I don't know. But I can just hear Bruno tuning his fiddle as I write this! Cap'n Walnut.

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    What ever happened to Dale? His wit and reason is sorely missed on these boards.

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    Default R. Dale

    he's up in Michigan for the summer and is pretty much out of internet touch.

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    The biggest thing these boats represent is America of a bygone era. They are a special part of Amercana that a forgin accent would not fit. Not to say there wern't accents along the rivers, might be the southern charm that one thinks of when they think of these boats. The crew is what bring these gracious ladies to life. How could we put a forgin flag or crew on this? I think if you were to place these boats in another river in another country, you would still want a warm southern welcome. This is what the represent the friendly and laid back way of the river areas both north and south.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lexie Palmore View Post
    Without costly regulations and a third world pay scale, her owners could greatly reduce the fares so more people could afford the cruises. And everyone would be happy except Rep. Oberstar.
    Oberstar and all former crew members. Thanks, but no thanks.

    Paul

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    I am mostly berating those la-la cruises who continuously run their commercials on tv with the rock walls, surfing, diving, and on and on. There are offshore cruisers who don't do that stuff. But you won't see them advertised on tv. I know there are people on this board who routinely take deep sea cruises and might have some input. I have only been on one and it was in the Carribean, and the only onboard action was a casino. So I will admit, I pitched that scenario to see what happened. The thing is, it is entirely in the realm of possibility if the Jones Act is repealed. How does your congressman feel about it? Most people never heard of the Jones Act.
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    Former crew members should already not be happy.

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