VIDEO: Canada’s announcement to allow cruise ships to enter Canada
The cruise ship industry contributes $4 billion annually to the Canadian economy. It also supports approximately 30,000 jobs.
“As Canadians have done their part to reduce the spread of COVID-19, our government continues to work hard to safely restart our economy and build back better. We will welcome cruise ships—an important part of our tourism sector—back in Canadian waters for the 2022 season.”
The Honourable Omar Alghabra – Canada Minister of Transport
USA-Canada cruise ship rules
The news should please major international cruise ship operators. Canada’s ban was hurting their business on the West Coast.
Canada, however, has not yet lifted a ban on non-essential travel with the United States. This announcement would allow both countries to work on ways of safely managing the cruise sector.
But there are still concerns over proposed legislation in the United States to allow cruise ships to bypass Canadian ports. Current US law allows ships to depart Seattle and head directly to Alaska Canada.
Cruise ships guidelines to allow cruise ships to enter Canada