The government of Canada extended ban on cruise operations with one year


Canadian government extended ban on cruise operations through February 2022. Voyages came to a halt in March 2020 due to coronavirus outbreaks on ships. The Canadian measure applies to cruise vessels carrying 100 or more people and prohibits passenger vessels carrying more than 12 people from entering Arctic coastal waters, including Nunatsiavut, Nunavik and the Labrador Coast, Canadian Transport Minister Omar Alghabra said. Cruise sailings from U.S. regions such as New England and Alaska typically have stops in Canada.


Canadian ports reported visits from more than 1 million cruise passengers in 2019. Those who violate the passenger-vessel prohibition could be fined up to 1 million Canadian dollars, equivalent to about $779,000, imprisoned for up to 18 months, or both. The timing for U.S. voyages ultimately depends on receiving a permit from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The CDC discourages cruise travel. The ban could effectively cancel the 2021 Alaska cruise season as most to Alaska stop in Canada.