ve Hites got it half right in his commentary, "Cruise ship head tax proponents are missing the boat ..." But the reason is the Passenger Service Act of 1886. There is a $300 fine for each passenger who wants to cruise in Alaska waters, e.g. Juneau to Whittier. As long as we must fly to Seattle and then take a bus to Vancouver to cruise in our own backyard - on a non-U.S.-made ship - I see the head tax as a great way to dull the pain of congestion, dirty air, dirty water, and archaic legislation!
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