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Passed House amended (11/20/1993)

United States-Flag Passenger Vessel Act of 1993 - Amends Federal law to permit a vessel to transport passengers in coastwise trade only if: (1) the vessel meets certain requirements under the Merchant Marine Act, 1920 and the Shipping Act, 1916 for engaging in such trade; and (2) in the case of a vessel that is at least five net tons, it is documented with a coastwise endorsement. Sets forth a civil penalty of $1,000 per passenger transported in violation of this Act. Sets forth terminable exceptions to such requirements for certain ineligible vessels.

Authorizes the Secretary of Transportation to issue certificates of documentation for certain named vessels. Authorizes the Secretary to issue such certificates to certain other named vessels if certain conditions are met.

Amends the Johnson Act to set forth instances in which the prohibition on gambling devices on vessels shall not apply.