Canada Ban Ends Hopes for Big Ships in Alaska, New England - American News Group
Canada's government will prohibit cruise ships with more than 100 passengers from calling at its ports until at least Oct. 31, effectively killing off any hope for Alaska cruise season for large ship lines as well as Canada / New England cruise season. The newest restrictions are also more severe than Canada's previous cruise ban, which restricted ships that carried 500 or more passengers.
The decision impacts Alaska cruises from Seattle that have to call in Victoria, British Columbia, in accordance with U.S. cabotage laws requiring foreign-flagged ships sailing from U.S. ports to call in a foreign port before returning to the U.S.
Small-ship lines that operate in Alaska with U.S.-flagged ships, such as Lindblad Expeditions, Alaska Dream Vacations, UnCruise Adventures, and American Cruise Lines, will not be impacted.
UnCruise Adventures’ is a responsible travel and adventure leader in the small boat industry. They operate boutique yachts and small boats carrying 22-86 guests on voyages in Alaska, Hawaiian Islands, Mexico’s Sea of Cortés, Columbia & Snake Rivers, coastal Washington, Galápagos, Costa Rica, Panama, Belize, and Colombia. In 2019, UnCruise Adventures was picked as the top adventure cruise line by Cruise Critic. Travel & Leisure readers also named UnCruise Adventures in its World’s Best Awards and its list of top 10 small ship ocean cruise lines three years in a row. UnCruise Adventures is a member of the Adventure Travel Trade Association and the Transformational Travel Council.