With the latest press release from the Canadian government this was certainly not the news we would have been hoping for. As we are approaching Alaskan Cruise season coming up it appears cruise lines will be in trouble with this latest travel ban.
The Canadian Minister of Transport, Honourable Omar Alghabra has announced today these two new Interim Orders, which are prohibiting pleasure craft in Canadian Arctic waters and cruise vessels in all Canadian waters until February 28, 2022.
The original travel ban was to be lifted this month however things have changed for the government of Canada. As you can see in the News release from the Government of Canada’s website the latest travel ban is extended until February 28, 2022
The question you all are waiting for is what does this mean for Disney Cruise Line.
We do not have the answer to that question right now as Disney Cruise Line has not made any new announcements as of todayDisney. The facts that we have been given are as follows below.
Quick facts (Sourced from Government of Canada)
- The temporary measures for pleasure craft and cruise ships, were scheduled to end on February 28, 2021.
- Those who do not comply with the pleasure craft prohibition could be subject to penalties: $5,000 per day for individuals and $25,000 per day for groups or corporations.
- In Canada’s Arctic waters, these restrictions do not apply to craft used by local communities for essential transportation, subsistence fishing, harvesting and hunting.
- Those who do not comply with the passenger vessel prohibition could be liable on summary conviction to a fine of up to $1 million or to imprisonment for a term of up to 18 months, or to both.
- There is no national ban for smaller cruise ships certified to carry 100 or fewer people. They must follow provincial, territorial, local and regional health authority protocols for timelines and processes around their operations.
As more information is released we will be updating you.