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Transport Canada extends ban on cruise ships until 2022

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Wow, that is a serious blow to the Alaska cruise business. Vancouver hotels and tourism will take a huge hit.
Halifax, Quebec City and Montreal will also be adversely affected.
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Pete_Coach wrote: Wow, that is a serious blow to the Alaska cruise business. Vancouver hotels and tourism will take a huge hit.
Halifax, Quebec City and Montreal will also be adversely affected.
Well Alaska season this year wasn't going to happen anyways since it ends in September.

The ban ends (Feb 28) before the 2022 season starts

But definitely makes sense as foreign crew and foreign pax who we don't know will be vaccinated yet and many of the crew comes from countries with lots of fake covid19 tests already and I'm sure vaccine certs too.

With all the variants out there, you don't want thousands of people do a day trip to Victoria and then hop to other ports . Better cancel it now rather than like cruise companies who just do rolling cancelation monthly
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StatsGuy wrote: Well Alaska season this year wasn't going to happen anyways since it ends in September.

The ban ends (Feb 28) before the 2022 season starts

But definitely makes sense as foreign crew and foreign pax who we don't know will be vaccinated yet and many of the crew comes from countries with lots of fake covid19 tests already and I'm sure vaccine certs too.

With all the variants out there, you don't want thousands of people do a day trip to Victoria and then hop to other ports . Better cancel it now rather than like cruise companies who just do rolling cancelation monthly
Yeah but the East Coast cruise ship cancellations is a big tourist hit.
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Pete_Coach wrote: Yeah but the East Coast cruise ship cancellations is a big tourist hit.
Agreed ... and not just the bigger Ports you’ve listed
(Halifax, Quebec City, & Montreal)

But ships of 100+ Pax, also visit ... a long list of smaller ports as well = https://www.whatsinport.com/Canada.html
Most of them in Maritime Quebec & Atlantic Canada
And by extension, it’s not just those ports
But also the surrounding area that Cruise Pax visit / take excursions to

But what’s the alternative ?
I agree with @StatsGuy we are still in the very early stages of rolling out the vaccine worldwide ... let alone here in Canada

There’s a lot of logistical stuff to be sorted out before we will see any sort of normal return to cruising
Personally we are just a little optimistic for 2023 ... and even then it will be say December (Winter 23/24) before I think we’ll be sailing
We will be far more ready (ourselves) and the world ... probably to travel by land, long before we are ready by sea
(Makes sense ... a lot of this spread started with cruising ... it will prob end with them too )
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PointsHubby wrote: Agreed ... and not just the bigger Ports you’ve listed
(Halifax, Quebec City, & Montreal)

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But what’s the alternative ?
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I did not complain nor imply that there was an alternative. Just stated that those ports would suffer tourism drops.
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Pete_Coach wrote: I did not complain nor imply that there was an alternative. Just stated that those ports would suffer tourism drops.
Ya ... I got that
My question WAS NOT aimed at you specifically

I was just throwing it out there
What is the alternative ?

Does anyone truly see how cruising could resume safely

A few lines have tried
And as I recall based on the news stories I read ... they all failed

Yes it’s another tough summer ahead for those down east

But ... if you asked them personally
Most are quite satisfied with the measures their Govts have taken
To keep them safe (well safer than Quebec, Ontario, Alberta & BC)
By maintaining the Atlantic Bubble

Most seem to be ok with that strategy
And the trade offs required
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Port workers, truckers and pilots are doing just fine. Container volumes from China are so high and rates are in such high demand it's more profitable to ship empty containers to China than to wait to have them loaded with low-value low-freight rate stuff from Canada.

The ships I see passing by my house appear to be stacked full with containers (vs appearing a lot less than stacked earlier last year).

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles ... ner-crisis
https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles ... ndex-shows
https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles ... xport-boom
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thriftshopper wrote: Port workers, truckers and pilots are doing just fine. Container volumes from China are so high and rates are in such high demand it's more profitable to ship empty containers to China than to wait to have them loaded with low-value low-freight rate stuff from Canada.

The ships I see passing by my house appear to be stacked full with containers (vs appearing a lot less than stacked earlier last year).

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles ... ner-crisis
https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles ... ndex-shows
https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles ... xport-boom
Commercial shipping is not being hindered by this extension. A container shortage is not a cruise ship problem. Only the cruise industry and ancillary jobs are hit..
Yes, port workers and truckers are very affected by this. When there is a turnaround every week for these ships there are a tremendous amount of trucks, personnel and ancillary industry and workers affected. Just the amount of food and drinks every week for every ship thta has been affected hurts local business and personnel.
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