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U.S.-Flagged Cruise Ship Operators Band Together to Tackle Misconceptions

By Aaron Saunders, Cruise Critic

A group of U.S.-flagged cruise operators—most with ships that carry fewer than 250 passengers and crew—has banded together to differentiate itself from the rest of the cruise industry.

The cruise lines, which often compete against each other in Alaska and on U.S. rivers, are working together to advocate on their behalf, as U.S. federal authorities grapple with what types of companies will get bailouts during the growing COVID-19 pandemic.

The U.S. Small Overnight Passenger Boat Operators Coalition consists of U.S.-based small- to medium-sized cruise lines, including Alaskan Dream Cruises, American Cruise Lines, American Queen Steamboat Company, Blount Small Ship Adventures, The Boat Company, Lindblad Expeditions and UnCruise Adventures.