The pausing of the global cruise ship industry looks set to last for approaching two years, with Canada announcing that it had extended the ban on cruise ships carrying more than 100 people coming to Canada until February 2022.
Canada also extended an order prohibiting pleasure craft
However, Canada’s Transport Minister Omar Alghabra would be able to rescind the order if pandemic conditions improved.
A federal announcement said that “cruise vessels in Canadian waters pose a risk to our health-care systems. The government of Canada will continue to evaluate the situation and make changes as necessary to ensure the health and safety of all Canadians”.
The release from the Transport Ministry also urged Canadians to avoid travel on cruise ships for now.
Nova Scotia Premier Stephen McNeil said the extended ban was disappointing, but not a surprise. Mike Cochrane, the CEO of Port Charlottetown in Prince Edward Island, said that he supported the ban extension to keep everyone safe. However, he noted that another season without revenue would have a significant impact on the port and on the island’s entire tourism industry. Cochrane said that all ports needed to cooperate to restore confidence in cruising, in order that it will be able to resume as soon as possible when conditions are safe.