Canada has banned cruise ships for another year, dealing the industry another blow after the Covid-19 pandemic shuttered most sailings for the past year.
On Feb. 4, the Canadian government’s ministry of transportation announced two new interim orders that ban cruise vessels that carry more than 100 people from entering Canadian waters until Feb. 28, 2022, citing a risk to its health care systems.
The measures for cruise ships were effectively end the cruise season for ports in Alaska, Maine, and Seattle. That’s because of a US federal law known as the Jones Act that prohibits foreign-registered ships from sailing between two American ports without stopping at a foreign port. Since most US cruise ships are registered overseas, the Jones Act means