News Release                                                                                                July 15, 2021

‘Lots of work to restore 30,000 jobs & $4.3 billion in economic activity’

VICTORA, BC –   The announcement by Canada’s Minister of Transport, Hon. Omar Alghabra, that the prohibition on cruise ships will be ending on November 1st, 2021, four months earlier than originally planned, was welcomed today by Cruise Lines International Association – North West & Canada (CLIA-NWC).

“This announcement provides greater clarity for a return to cruise to Canada for next year, allowing cruise lines to begin important planning to restore 30,000 jobs and $4.3 billion in economic activity across the country that was lost when cruises were curtailed due to COVID-19 last year,” said Charlie Ball, Chair of CLIA-NWC.

Transport Canada had previously announced Interim Order #5 in February 2021, prohibiting cruise ships from visiting Canadian ports through to the end of February 2022. However, the revised timeline follows discussions between CLIA-NWC, Transport Canada and the Public Health Agency of Canada, as well as the British Columbia Ministries of Transportation and Tourism.

“Before we can resume operations in Canada next year, cruise lines will need to re-establish supply chains with local businesses such as tour operators, hotels, food suppliers, transportation and technical support providers, as well as travel agents,” said Mr. Ball. “The extra time this announcement provides will also allow us to more effectively market cruise itineraries that include stops in Canada for the first time since 2019.”

Much has changed for the better since March 2020, with the widespread distribution of vaccines and cruise lines adopting new, comprehensive health protocols developed in collaboration with world-leading medical experts. Since last summer, more than 600,000 passengers and crew have sailed safely with these protocols in Europe, Asia and the South Pacific, on more than 30 ships which have returned to operation. Cruises to Alaska from Seattle are resuming this month and will continue through the summer and into the fall of 2021.

“CLIA member cruise lines place the health and safety of their passengers, crew and the communities they visit as their top priority,” said Mr. Ball. “We thank our cruise and tourism partners in Canada for their expressions of support, and look forward to working with the Government of Canada, provincial authorities and our many partners as we develop plans for a successful 2022 cruise season.”

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About the Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA)
CLIA is the world’s largest cruise industry trade association, providing a unified voice and leading authority of the global cruise community. On behalf of the industry, together with its members and partners, the organization supports policies and practices that foster a secure, healthy and sustainable cruise ship environment, as well as promote positive travel experiences for the more than 30 million passengers who cruise annually. The CLIA community includes the world’s most prestigious ocean, river and specialty cruise lines; a highly trained and certified travel agent community; and cruise line suppliers and partners, including ports and destinations, ship development, suppliers and business services. The organization’s global headquarters are located in Washington, DC, with regional offices located in North and South America, Europe, Asia and Australasia.

 About the Cruise Lines International Association – North West & Canada (CLIA-NWC)

Cruise Lines International Association – North West & Canada (CLIA-NWC) advocates on behalf of the major cruise lines that operate in Canada and the Pacific Northwest, including Washington State. 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.                                                                                                                                                         

The cruise industry is regulated by the International Maritime Organization (IMO), flag states and port states (e.g., Transport Canada, Canadian Coast Guard, Canadian Public Health Agency) among others. In addition, as a requirement of membership, all CLIA cruise line members must adhere to robust set of policies and practices which undergo constant review and improvement and often exceed what international, national, and regional laws require.

Contact: Donna Spalding, Government Affairs & Community Relations.

Ph. 604-681-9515   Email: dspalding@clia-nwc.com