Canada Extends Cruise Ship Embargo

The embargos placed onto the cruise ship industry are continuing to extend worldwide. Canada confirmed their extension, which will remain active until October 31st. This means that cruise maintaining more than 100 passengers will be prohibited from sailing in Canadian Waters. This has terminated the chances of journey occurring throughout Canada from June to September.

This Embargo was initially placed onto the cruise ship industry in March 2020; this means that vacations on these vessels won’t have been permitted for eight months once the ban is lifted. This Embargo doesn’t exclusively apply towards international vessels, but ships located in-country. Ferries aren’t allowed to transport more than 100 Passengers, which include the Crew. Accessing these ferries isn’t even possible until July 1st. The Transport Minister of Canada confirmed the four-month extension, with Marc Garneau noting that this decision was implemented to limit the spread of COVID-19.

Overnight Capacity of Cruise Ships will be permitted starting July 1st. They’ll be allowed to hold Provincial, Territorial, and Municipal cruises under the condition that one hundred confirmed passengers are tested. Under this updated legislation, cruise advocates in Canada should anticipate higher costs in their home nation. Refunds will be an immediate aspect of these contracted vacations, as Canadian Health Authorities will dock all cruise ships to review their sanitation. If discrepancies are located, then these vessels won’t be permitted to maintain their vacation. This will prompt the immediate refund on-site.

The Arctic Ban

Cruise Ships have regularly ventured into Arctic waters for the last two decades. The Canadian Government confirmed that the Embargo has specific conditions for this region. Vessels cannot support more than twelve passengers, which includes the Crew. Their respective extension also applies until October 31st. This Embargo has permanently terminated the activity of cruise ships, industrial vessels, and ferries. It’s impossible to operate these large ships without a significant crew behind them.

It should be noted that the Arctic is allowing for Water Taxis to operate. It’s because the Northwest Territories use this form of transportation extensively. They couldn’t reach neighbouring villages & cities for the trade without access to their Water Taxis.