In a tough hit to the start of this year’s Alaska cruise season, Canada announced late Friday that it would temporarily ban all cruise ship calls at Canadian ports for ships of greater than 500 passengers, effective immediately through July 1, 2020.
For Canadian Arctic calls, the ban takes into account limited health resources in remote northern communities and thus, Transport Canada placed a ban on cruise calls during the entire summer cruise season in the Canadian Arctic.
That said, theTransport Canada bans on cruise port calls do not apply to smaller ships carrying fewer than 500 guests. Those can continue to call at Canadian ports.
Overall, Transport Canada’s action could impact 30 or more cruise industry ships. The agency said it’s a precautionary action in response to the growing global COVID-19 crisis. In making the announcement, “the safety and security of Canadians is a…