Sunday, February 7, 2021

Canada extends cruise ship ban until 2022

CBC News shows that certain port cities whose small businesses depend on tourists were dealt a blow as Transport Canada announced it is extending a ban on cruise ships until Feb. 28, 2022.

The Canadian government is certainly encouraging all Canadians to avoid all travel on cruise ships outside Canada until further notice. Hopefully, the Coronavirus Covid-19 Pandemic will be decreased in the future.

Passenger vessels carrying 100 or more people are now prohibited from operating in Canadian waters until Feb. 28, 2022.

The USA is also dealing with the stopping of cruise ships. Although the CDC effectively ended (check for updates) its ban on cruising, the U.S. industry continues to suspend operations while it works on a safe return. The U.S. cruise industry has voluntarily suspended ship operations in an effort to prepare for a safe return to the entertaining seas amid Coronavirus COVID-19.

Norwegian Cruise Line, Carnival, and Royal Caribbean all announced that they will be canceling trips into 2021. Cruise ships won't be setting sail in U.S. waters for some time. Large major cruise lines continue to postpone their itineraries due to the Coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic.


  1. It seems that Royal Caribbean is Not to Cancel Any Canada and Alaska Cruises.

    The Canadian Government certainly has been firm in its decision to ban all cruise ship travel from their shores. However, Royal Caribbean has now announced it will not be canceling any voyages. This includes cruises embarking/debarking from Canadian ports and those itineraries touching on Canadian ports of call.

    The cruise line says it is working through potential options with the Government of Canada and the USA and the Cruise Line International Association (CLIA). The announcement comes as Alaskan government officials called the travel ban ‘unacceptable’.

    Alaska has Coronavirus Covid-19 Total Cases of 56,008. Deaths from the virus are 271.

    Read more details about this here:

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    1. The cruise ship ban until 2022 is certainly sad. Here is more interesting news:

      Alaska Senators Introduce New Legislation to Bypass Canada’s (Covid-19 related) Cruise Ship Ban

      If these laws are passed, cruise ships would be allowed to travel between the state of Washington and Alaska without stopping in Canada.

      Sens. Lisa Murkowski and Dan Sullivan introduced the Alaska Tourism Recovery Act on Friday that (if passed) would allow cruise ships to travel between the state of Washington and Alaska without stopping in Canada. Currently, the Passenger Vessel Service Act (passed in 1886) requires large foreign-flagged ships to stop in Canada before heading north to the state. However, this year it seems this is not possible as Canada extended its cruise ship ban through February 2022.

      "Canada's recent decision to prohibit Alaska-bound cruise ships from operating in Canadian waters creates legal hurdles that will hamstring the Alaska cruise season, creating additional economic strain on Alaska's entire economy, especially in our Southeast communities," Murkowski said in a statement. "Alaskan communities are already facing severe economic hardship and uncertainty from missing one tourism season as a result of COVID-19. Missing another cruise season would only compound the economic fallout that has been devastating for so many families."

      It seems that the state of Alaska can't afford to go through another season without the tremendous lucrative economic activity that cruise ships provide to coastal communities.

      Visitors to Alaska can still go sight-seeing, head to The Last Frontier to spot wildlife, explore the state's expansive national parks (including the popular Denali National Park), and listen to the deafening crack of calving glaciers.

      Other interesting Alaska parks include: Katmai National Park, Kenai Fjords National Park, Lake Clark National Park and Wrangell-Saint Elias National Park.

      Read more about it here:

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