LOS ANGELES -- Cruise ships with calls along the West Coast are
operating normally, despite the ongoing labor dispute between union
longshoremen and the Pacific Maritime Association.
Members of the International Longshoremen and Warehouse Union,
who handle the loading and removal of cruise ship baggage and
stored goods, have been locked out of 29 ports since Sept. 29 by
the PMA, an organization of ship operators and West Coast
But the ILWU said earlier this week its members still are
working passenger ships and military cargo. None of the major
cruise lines are members of the PMA.
And cruise lines, including Carnival Cruise Lines and Princess
Cruises, have in some cases contracted directly with the ILWU to
handle baggage and supplies during the lockout.
"Passengers shouldn't see any difference," a Carnival
spokeswoman said; she added the line had no plans to skip port