Canada’s Minister of Transport, Omar Alghabra, issued a new order this afternoon prohibiting cruise vessels in all Canadian waters until the end of February, 2022.
The order affects any vessels carrying more than 100 pax, or 12 pax for Canadian Arctic coastal waters.
In addition to cancelling cruising in Canada/New England and Great Lakes itineraries, Cruise Industry News notes it also effectively kills the Alaska cruise season.
Alghabra is quoted, “As Canadians continue to do their part to reduce the spread of COVID-19, our government continues to work hard to ensure Canada’s transportation system remains safe. Temporary prohibitions to cruise vessels and pleasure craft are essential to continue to protect the most vulnerable among our communities and avoid overwhelming our health care systems. This is the right and responsible thing to do."
In a further crushing blow to the industry, he advises Canadians to avoid all cruising. "To limit the spread of COVID-19, the Government of Canada continues to advise Canadian citizens and permanent residents to avoid all travel on cruise ships outside Canada until further notice."
John Van Dyk- February 5, 2021 @ 10:19
"our government continues to work hard to ensure Canada’s transportation system remains safe".... Bollocks! Implementing travel bans, suspensions and half-a quarantine measures is not working hard. It's easy and lazy. Sounds like no consultation took place with the cruise lines to see if something can be worked out.
Iain Perkins- February 4, 2021 @ 21:26
Absolutely ridiculous that this Liberal Government, who don't seem to have a plan of action to combat Covid and get our economy back on track that stands any sort of scrutiny, now has effectively killed the travel industry in Canada and specifically the whole domestic cruise sector for the next 13 months! Please let's get these guys out of power, and elect a Government that knows how to kill COVID, not it's citizens that rely on the travel and tourism sector for their livelihood. Maybe we can use the cruise ship terminals in Canada as make shift medical centers to go get our vaccines - Oh I forgot, they blew that one too!!
Sheila R- February 4, 2021 @ 19:51
I think the decision to extend to Feb 2022 is totally premature. Why not extend to July as the cruise line industry has done and reassess as the vaccine rolls out? A blanket extention for 1 year leads me to believe one of 2 things...either the government has no idea the impact of this decision on so many businesses and sectors of the economy OR they have really messed up the vaccine rollout and realize that all citizens willnot get an opportunity at the vaccine by Sept.
Andrea Szirtes- February 4, 2021 @ 19:38
Sad, Devastated, till now I was Optimist and Positive. But looks a like for some unknown reason the future of travel gets killed. I do understand, we have to get virus under control, this is priority NOW. Should be Right decisions for giving a life back to Everyone! We are in the travel industry just totally neglected, and just killing all of us.
Donna- February 4, 2021 @ 19:32
To cancel the cruises this early is ridiculous! We have no idea where we will be at by the time the summer Alaska. The travel/hospitality industry is never going to recover from this. This is devastating to say the least. I really don't know what else to say. I'm in shock.
Vera Bala- February 4, 2021 @ 18:11
This is sending the wrong message - not only kills whatever it's left of travel industry, also gives no hope that things will get under control in the next 12 months. It is taking the restrictions way too far and too long, what is going to be next? Shut the airports completely and close the borders on all land crossings???
bernard- February 4, 2021 @ 16:49
Up to now, i agreed to some measures to protect Canadians , but canceling the cruise season completely for the next 13 months is going too far. The economic impact will be huge. This is not a measured approach. They should rethink this.
Fred D- February 4, 2021 @ 15:52
This is absolutely devastating news for travel agencies in Canada. It's really bad that the Liberal government severely dropped the ball when it came to vaccinations!!