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Congress urges Canada to reevaluate banning cruises until 2022

  • February 27, 2021

until March 2022.

On Wednesday, the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure sent a letter to Canadian ambassador to the U.S. Kirsten Hillman, hoping to “encourage” the Canadian government to work with the U.S. government and the cruise industry to find a “mutually agreeable solution.”

In the letter, the committee expressed its “concern regarding the potential economic impact on local businesses and communities,” saying that “by closing Canadian ports to passenger vessels for another year, the livelihoods of tens of thousands of Americans and Canadians are at risk from more job losses and further economic devastation.”

Canada’s ban not only impacts ships in Canadian waters, it also puts a roadblock in the way of cruises in Alaska, New England, Washington State or the Great Lakes. Ocean cruise ships have not sailed in U.S. waters since last March.

cruise lines, including Holland America and Princess Cruises, have already canceled their Alaska seasons as a result. 

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