Canada extends cruise ship ban to 2022. That’s bad news for Alaska tourism, too

People hoping to cruise the northern waters of North America this summer will have to place their travel dreams in dry dock for now.

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, Canada has extended its cruise ship ban until February 2022. That affects popular voyages in Canada, including the St. Lawrence River and Maritime Provinces on the Atlantic side to British Columbia along the Pacific Coast.

But the ban extension is also going to hit Alaska and even Seattle, Washington, hard through a combination of geographical proximity and US maritime rules.

Canada’s Minister of Transport announced the interim orders that ban pleasure craft in its Arctic waters and cruise vessels in all Canadian waters until February 28, 2022.

The government said “passenger vessels carrying over 12 people are still prohibited from entering Arctic coastal waters.”

But the bigger vacation impact will be for folks who enjoy the big cruise ship experience ferrying over 100 passengers.

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