Haines Braces for Another Summer Without Cruise Ships | Chilkat Valley News
On Feb. 4, Canada extended a ban on cruise ships carrying more than 100 passengers for another year.
“The scary part is, if this truly does cancel the season, the time between seeing cruise ships in Southeast will be thirty-two months,” tourism director Steven Auch said.
The cruise-ship ban, which has been in place since mid-March 2020, had been set to expire at the end of February. In a press release, Canadian officials cited a desire to protect vulnerable populations and prevent the healthcare system from being overwhelmed as factors in the decision. They said the Minister of Transport has the ability to rescind the order if the COVID-19 pandemic shows sufficient signs of improving.