Clia says it is “surprised” as the Canadian government extends its cruise ship ban until February 2022
The summer Alaska cruise season may be severely impacted after the Canadian government extended its cruise ship ban until February 2022.
Omar Alghabra, the country’s transport minister, announced an extension of the ban on ships carrying more than 100 people from operating in Canadian waters. It also prohibits passenger ships carrying more than 12 people from entering Arctic coastal waters.
Alghabra said: “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.”
Transport Canada said cruise vessels in Canadian waters “pose a risk” to its healthcare systems.
“Should the Covid-19 pandemic sufficiently improve to allow the resumption of these activities, the minister of transport has the ability to rescind the interim orders,” the transport department added.
Clia said it was “surprised by the length of the extension”. Chair Charlie Ball said: “While we understand and support the government’s focus on combatting Covid-19 in Canada, we are surprised by the length of the extension of the prohibition of cruise.
“We hope to have an opportunity to revisit this timeline and demonstrate our ability to address Covid-19 in a cruise setting with science-backed measures, as Clia members are doing in Europe and parts of Asia where cruising has resumed on a limited basis.”
A spokesperson for Carnival Corporation said: “Given the unexpected length of the order, it will take us some time to assess whether there are any options to preserve a portion of the 2021 Alaska season.
“We will be consulting authorities in both the US and Canada before we take any additional action.”
The ultra luxury line says they hope their new voyages “will give luxury travellers something to look forward to”
Seabourn, the ultra luxury cruise line, has put 2022 cruises for Europe, Alaska, British Columbia, Canada and New England on sale.
The new cruises include 68 sailings in Europe, with voyages from seven to 14 days. In addition, the line has scheduled 15 2022 summer sailings on Seabourn Odyssey in Alaska and British Columbia, with voyages from seven to 11 days and options to extend up to 14 days.
The line will also offer six sailings in late summer and early autumn aboard Seabourn Quest in Canada and New England.
“For the past year, most of us have been dreaming about travelling again and exploring this magnificent world we live in,” said Josh Leibowitz, president of Seabourn.
“We hope our new 2022 voyages will give luxury travellers something to look forward to and encourage them to make future travel plans. There is no better way to explore Europe, Alaska and Canada and New England than with Seabourn.”
Travellers interested in booking a 2022 Seabourn voyage can take advantage of several promotions to receive additional savings, including Early Bonus Savings.