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Canada blocks cruise calls by ships over 500 people

Canada blocks cruise calls by ships over 500 people

Canada is suspending calls by ships carrying more than 500 people, including the crew, until July in a step that will affect the critical Alaska cruise season.

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Also notable, the Canada / New England system will be affected as the majority of those sailings will be in the fall. 

On Friday, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced a decision to delay the cruise season because of fears about the coronavirus pandemic.

Since US caborage law requires foreign-flag ships to stop on a round-trip at a foreign port, Canada's move has significant implications on ports such as Seattle.

Transport Minister Marc Garneau said after June 30,the government would re-examine the ban.

Smaller ships and ferries are still required, although there will be unique safety precautions.

Maritime Business World 

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