MEDIA RELEASE February 4, 2021
For Immediate Release
Cruise Industry Responds to One-Year Extension of Prohibition on Cruise in Canada
Pre-pandemic the industry supported more than 29,000 jobs and $4.25 billion in economic activity
(Vancouver)—Cruise Lines International Association- North West & Canada (CLIA-NWC), the voice of the cruise industry in Canada, is surprised by the length of the extension of the Government of Canada’s ‘No-Sail Order’.
“While we understand and support the government’s focus on combatting COVID-19 in Canada, we are surprised by the length of the extension of the prohibition of cruise,” said Charlie Ball, Chair of CLIA-NWC. “We hope to have an opportunity to revisit this timeline and demonstrate our ability to address COVID-19 in a cruise setting with science-backed measures, as CLIA members are doing in Europe and parts of Asia where cruising has resumed on a limited basis.”
The pandemic is having a devastating impact on local businesses, and two years without cruising in Canada will have potentially irreversible consequences for families throughout the country. In 2019, the cruise industry generated a total of $4.25 billion in economic activity in Canada, a 33% increase from 2016. Further, 29,000 Canadian jobs paying $1.43 billion in wages were generated in 2019—a 26% increase in employment and 43% increase in wages since 2016.
“We stand ready to work with Canadian health and transportation officials to operationalize a path forward,” Mr. Ball concluded.
- CLIA members have agreed to adopt multiple layers of protocols informed by the insights and guidance of leading experts in health and science, including but not limited to:
- 100% testing for passengers and crew prior to embarkation
- Mandatory quarantine for crew prior to interaction with guests
- Expanded medical capabilities onboard
- Pre-arranged response logistics involving transportation and medical facilities
- Physical distancing measures
- Mask-wearing requirements
- Increased ventilation
- Cruise activity supports multiple sectors of the global economy, from transportation and aviation to food and beverage, lodging, manufacturing, agriculture, travel agencies and a robust supply chain that stretches across the globe.
- have sailed on a variety of modified itineraries from Germany, Italy, and Greece under strict protocols. These protocols have been developed by operators in collaboration with medical experts, scientists and health and government authorities, and have been informed by Guidance from the EU Healthy Gateways and European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA).
- Since the beginning of July 2020, there have been over 200 sailings in Europe (and parts of Asia) with enhanced measures in place and approval from authorities in those regions.
- The success of these initial sailings demonstrates the effectiveness of a multi-layered approach and confirms that the new protocols are working as designed—to mitigate the risk of COVID-19 in a cruise setting.