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The Return of Costa Cruises to St. Thomas.
Costa Cruises, the Italian line owned by Carnival Cruise Lines, returned to St. Thomas this March. According to the line, the absence from U.S. ports of call was due to the increase in requirements for passengers outside of the United States. Since 9/11 travel from U.S. ports on itineraries visiting American territories such as the Vigin Islands and San Jauan have been largely unimpacted. This is due to most of the burden of screen passengers is done prior to a cruise starting. In the case of ships departing from non-U.S. ports that subsequently visit these territories it becomes time consuming to clear customs. With most stays in-port lasting a matter of hours, such delays can prove untenable for the cruise lines.