A Special Report from the Cruise Examiner: Why And How Canada Closed The Alaska and New England Cruise Trades For 2020

by Kevin Griffin

Actions by Canada have now effectively cancelled the 2020 Alaska and Canada and New England cruise seasons by banning cruise ships from operating into Canadian ports until November 1, 2020. An earlier ban had already been enforced in March, which was now simply being extended. Prohibited vessels are defined as having overnight accommodation for more than 100 persons. The order came from Transport Minister Marc Garneau. The reason given by Transport Canada is to close a potential line of infection and protect its population from Covid-19. (more…)

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When Are Cruise Lines Around the World Expected To Resume Service?

With ocean and river cruise lines temporarily suspending service around the world as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, keeping track of the seemingly minute-by-minute changes to the cruise industry can be challenging. Most cruise lines voluntarily paused sailings for the meantime after being faced with port closures; a lack of suitable infrastructure, including flights; and increased travel restrictions that change on a country-by-country basis. (cruisecritic.co.uk)

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Coronavirus: Updated Cruise Ship Policies and Cancellations

Many cruise lines have canceled or altered scheduled sailings in Asia and other parts of the world as coronavirus (also known as COVID-19) continues to spread. In January, the World Health Organization declared the coronavirus outbreak a public health emergency of international concern, following an emergency committee meeting in Geneva. (cruisecritic.com)

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Port of Galveston director expects limited cruise ship capacity come August

The Port of GalvestonIf cruise ships resume operating from Galveston later this summer, they probably won’t sail packed full of people, Port of Galveston Executive Director Rodger Rees said Tuesday. During a meeting of the Galveston Wharves Board of Trustees, Rees gave an update about the limited information the port has about its cruise tenants’ plans to, possibly, return to business under operating protocols meant to keep passengers and crew members safe from COVID-19. (galvnews.com)

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Wrangell opposes cruise season until regional standards met

Alaska Ports of call (Courtesy Wikipedia)The City of Wrangell does not want cruise ships to dock in town until it knows how the industry plans to prevent potentially bringing COVID-19 into the community. The Southeast Alaska city is coordinating with a regional effort seeking assurances from operators of small cruise ships seeking to sail this summer. (kstk.org)

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Canada Effectively Cancels Its Cruise Season, Expanding Ban Through October

Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada (Aereal view, courtesy Port of Halifax)Citing the COVID-19 pandemic, Canadian authorities have effectively cancelled the rest of the 2020 cruise season in Canadian waters by banning any ships with overnight accommodations allowed to carry more than 100 persons from operating in Canadian waters until October 31, 2020. (cruiseindustrynews.com)

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Coronavirus Impact on Travel Causes Some Cruise Lines to Suspend Worldwide Operations

A growing number of ocean and river cruise lines have suspended all operations due to the COVID-19 pandemic and travel restrictions around the world. The shutdowns, which come after two months of altered itineraries, canceled cruises and port closures, are part of the cruise industry’s efforts to curb the spread of coronavirus and to keep passengers, crew and communities safe and healthy. (cruisecritic.co.uk)

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Saga Confirms Launch of New Cruise Ship will be Delayed

Spirit of Discovery (Courtesy Meyer Werf)Saga Cruises has confirmed the launch of its second new build Spirit of Adventure has been delayed. Workplace and travel restrictions at the Meyer Werft shipyard in Germany, where the ship is being built, has meant the ship will not be complete in time for its planned August 19 launch in Portsmouth. (cruisecritic.co.uk)

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SeaDream To Sell Cruises to Local Source Market in Norway

SeaDream Yacht Club (Logo)SeaDream Yacht Club has announced a summer program in Norway for the Norwegian source market, running from June to September. Norwegian entry and travel restrictions temporarily prevent non-Norwegians from entering the country unless they have residency or work permits or family relationships, and will be subject to a 14-day quarantine. (cruiseindustrynews.com)

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