Today, Canada announced a ban of cruise ships in all Canadian waters through February 28, 2022. This ban applies to all cruise ships carrying 100 or more passengers. See the official news release here.
Many cruises to Alaska leave from Vancouver, so of course those cruise ships will not be able to sail this year. But what about sailings that leave from Seattle?
Due to the Passenger Vessel Service Act of 1886, cruise ships departing from the U.S. must make a stop in a foreign port. This means that without a stop in Canada, cruising to Alaska even from Seattle will most likely not happen in 2021.
Of course, if Covid conditions improve drastically, the Canadian government could rescind this temporary ban. But, I believe that won’t happen in time for the summer sailing season to Alaska.
Readers, are you surprised by this announcement? Were you planning on sailing to Alaska this year?
Nancy lives near Dallas, Texas, with her husband and three kids. Her favorite vacations include the beach, cruising and everything Disney.