Canada to ban all cruise ships over 500 people until July

Canada to ban all cruise ships over 500 people until July

Canada to ban all cruise ships over 500 people until July

Minister of Transport, the Honourable Marc Garneau says cruise ships capable of carrying more than 500 passengers and crew members will not be allowed to dock at Canadian ports until at least July 1.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was also at the PDAC conference, which attracted more than 23,000 participants from around the world.

The report said this move will affect the key Alaska cruise season, where the vast majority of operators fly a foreign flag and are thus required to call at a non-U.S. port.

Also under the microscope will be the Canada/New England season, which does have some summer traffic, although most capacity sails in Canada/New England in the fall.

Vessels flagged in the US are not required to stop in a foreign port; only one large cruise ship is USA -flagged: Norwegian's Pride of America, which is home-ported in Hawaii year-round.

He noted that cruise schedules are usually set one or two years in advance, however, so it is now unknown how many smaller ships may redirect to Victoria this season.

The order is created to slow the transmission in Canada of the coronavirus and COVID-19, and applies to ships carrying 500 or more passengers.

Robertson said the cruise ship season provides about 1,000 local jobs and injects about $130 million into Victoria's economy, with many small businesses, artisans, entertainers and tour guides counting on tourists from cruise ships.

The cruise ship season has been officially postponed. Mike Tibbles of the Cruise Lines International Association of Alaska, the industry's leading trade group, said he was still trying to figure out the situation.

If you have travelled to any of the impacted areas listed on the Government of Canada's COVID-19 active travel health notices within 14 days and have recently developed respiratory symptoms, avoid contact with others and contact your health care professional immediately. This includes the fleet of Alaskan Dream Cruises, operating out of Sitka, Alaska, American Cruise Lines, sailing out of Juneau, and UnCruise Adventures, operating out of Seattle.

The Port of Halifax had been expecting a record-breaking season for 2020.

A few ships from mainstream cruise lines are small enough to operate their now scheduled itineraries in Alaska, including 450-passenger Seabourn Sojourn and Windstar's 212-passenger Star Breeze.

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