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Cruise ships return to Canada

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Canada has always been a popular cruise destination, however COVID stopped cruising in its tracks. Now that the CDC has dropped the cruise ship travel advisory, the cruise industry is coming back stronger than ever. Carnival recently stated they had the best cruise booking week ever: https://www.foxbusiness.com/economy/carnival-best-ever-booking-week-cdc-drops-covid-cruise-ship-warning

ThePointsGuy.com is reporting, “The popular cruise destination on Saturday will start to welcome cruise ships to its ports for the first time in nearly 2 1/2 years — ending one of the longest and most notable countrywide halts to cruise ship arrivals since the COVID-19 crisis began.

Ships from six more cruise lines — Viking, Norwegian Cruise Line, Celebrity Cruises, Princess Cruises, Royal Caribbean and Disney Cruise Line — will resume Canada calls over the next three weeks with stops at Victoria and nearby Vancouver in British Columbia.

Several more lines including Carnival Cruise Line and Regent Seven Seas Cruises will restart Canada calls in May with stops in Victoria and Vancouver. Several of the lines and others will also resume calls on the east coast of Canada in May.

Canada banned cruise ship arrivals in March 2020, in the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic. But the country has not seen cruise ships since long before that, due to the quirks of the Canadian cruise calendar.

Nearly all cruises to Canada take place during a relatively short window between April and October of any given year. As a result, Canada’s ports have not welcomed a cruise ship since October 2019 — six months before the pandemic began. This has resulted in a cruising shutdown in Canada that has lasted about 25% longer than the shutdowns seen in any other major cruise destination.

Koningsdam’s arrival in Victoria on Saturday will mark the port’s first cruise call since Oct. 18, 2019, at the very end of Canada’s 2019 cruise season. It’ll be the first cruise ship to visit Victoria in 905 days.

The ship will arrive in Victoria at the tail end of a seven-night cruise up the California and Oregon coast from San Diego. The cruise ends Sunday in Vancouver, British Columbia — marking the first time a cruise ship has visited that port since the fall of 2019.”


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