No. The definition was further refined to be in compliance with our statute and regulations.
Closed-loop cruises are defined as U.S. based cruises with itineraries that both originate and terminate in the United States, returning from contiguous territories or adjacent islands.
Contiguous Territories are any country sharing a common boundary with the United States. Canada and Mexico are contiguous to the United States.
Adjacent Islands as follows: Anguilla, Antigua, Aruba, Bahamas, Barbados, Barbuda, Bermuda, Bonaire, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Cuba, Curacao, Dominica, the Dominican Republic, Grenada, Guadeloupe, Haiti, Jamaica, Marie-Galantine, Martinique, Miquelon, Montserrat, Saba, Saint Barthelemy, Saint Christopher, Saint Eustatius, Saint Kitts-Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Maarten, Saint Martin, Saint Pierre, Saint Vincent and Grenadines, Trinidad and Tobago, Turks and Caicos Islands, and other British, French and Netherlands territory or possessions bordering on the Caribbean Sea.
Adjacent Islands are defined by statutes and regulation. (Immigration and Nationality Act 101(b)(5) and 8 Code of Federal Regulations 286.1).
The modified processing of cruise passengers includes utilizing the I-94W issued as a multiple use document for the readmission of VWP visitors after departure to contiguous territory or adjacent islands. See 8 C.F.R. § 217.3(b).
It has been determined that the requirement for verification of an ESTA authorization is not required for cruise itineraries meeting the definition of closed loop, as utilized for the modified processing of cruise passengers.