VANCOUVER – In response to the Government of Canada’s decision to extend restrictions on cruise ships through October 2020, Cruise Lines International Association – North West & Canada (CLIA-NWC) provides the following statement:
The top priority for CLIA member cruise lines continues to be the health and safety of passengers, crew and the communities where our ships sail. CLIA ocean-going cruise line members are diligently investigating additional measures to combat COVID-19 based on evolving guidance from international health authorities, including the World Health Organization and Centers for Disease Control, as well as independent medical experts. Rigorous screening protocols, enhanced sanitation and increased onboard 24/7 medical care and treatment, all funded by industry, will likely be part of the future. And there may be other onboard operational changes.
We look forward to working with Transport Canada, the Public Health Agency of Canada and other regulatory bodies to ensure a safe and successful resumption of the cruise industry in Canada when the time is right. After all, the health of our communities and economy depends on it.
According to an analysis by the research firm BREA, the cruise industry in Canada generated more than $4.1 billion in total economic activity and more than 29,000 jobs in 2018, up from $3.2 billion and 23,000 jobs just two years earlier. The unprecedented halt to this year’s cruise season will be felt acutely in coastal communities in Newfoundland, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, Quebec and British Columbia. Conversely, the resumption of cruise visits to Canada could be an important part of the tourism sector’s recovery.
Since the industry’s voluntary suspension of operations announced following the World Health Organization declaring a global pandemic, CLIA cruise line members have been working together in an unprecedented collaboration to identify and consider new and enhanced health protocols, technologies, and sanitation solutions informed by some of the world’s leading experts in coordination with public health officials, governments and ports. New protocols being considered include augmented screening of passengers and crew, distancing measures as required and appropriate at the time of resumption of operations, buffets modified or eliminated as necessary, potential solutions to the challenges related to shoreside excursions, with the objective of finding ways to help prevent the unintentional spread of the virus.
Cruise Lines International Association – North West & Canada (CLIA-NWC) is a non-profit association representing the major cruise lines that operate in Canada and the Pacific Northwest, including Washington State, Alaska and Hawaii. CLIA-NWC is one of fifteen offices around the world that are part of Cruise Lines International Association – the world’s largest cruise industry association, which supports policies and practices that foster a safe, secure, healthy and sustainable cruise ship environment.
For more information, contact:
Donna Spalding, Government Affairs & Community Relations