Canada Bans Cruise Ships Through Oct 31
The Government of Canada has just announced that they are banning cruise ships from its ports through October 31, 2020.
This will create a problem for U.S. travelers hoping to sail Alaska in the summer and the popular color cruises in New England and Canada in the fall.
Why? The Jones Act requires that all goods (including passengers) that are transported from one American port to another American port be carried only on U.S. flagged ships.
This is why Alaska cruises generally start in Vancouver. Having one foreign port in the itinerary will get the cruise line around the Jones Act.
With Vancouver out of the picture, foreign-flagged cruise ships are not able to offer Alaska cruises. Furthermore, with Canada out of the picture, cruise lines will be unable to offer the fall color cruises.
Canada Bans Cruise Ships. So Now What?
If you have an upcoming 2020 cruise that involves a banned Canadian port, then you will likely be seeing a cruise cancelation notice from your cruise line.
That is assuming that cruise lines don’t convince the Canadian government to change their stance.
If not, then here are four American-flagged cruise lines that you might consider as an alternative:
All of these American-flagged cruise lines are in our cruise collection. And because of this, we often have complimentary perks to share above and beyond what you will get booking direct.
For more information or to book one of these American-flagged cruise lines, please call Roaming Boomers Travel Services at (480) 550-1235 or use our convenient online information request (click here) and we’ll reach out to you.
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