Canada to Close Ports to Large Cruise Ships Until July

Canada is set to close all ports of call to ships with a passenger capacity of 500 or more until July 1st, 2020. Those with cruises with planned stops anywhere in Canada may wish to check with their respective cruise line’s websites for updates on itinerary changes that can completely affect the entire route. (Late spring and early summer US based Alaska cruises will incur the biggest impact due to the Passenger Vessel Services Act of 1886.)

Prior to canceling, I urge fellow members here to carefully consider their options before taking advantage of Future Cruise Credit (FCC) offers. On other online forums and social media sites many have posted that cruises for 2021 using the same departure port on an identical/similar itinerary and around the same time of year as the affect ones seem to have fare prices increased by 25% or more, than what their current cruise fare is. Remember too, that since the cruise lines are offering 1-2 year rebooking timeframe using the FCC, many travel insurances (including cancel for any reason policies) are not covering completely voluntary cancellations involving FCC, as the credit is considered recovered funds. So prior to contacting the cruise line call to ask the insurance company if you can transfer the policy to a new cruise date or at least use it to recoup any increased fare costs when rebooking using the FCC under the trip interruption clause.

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Thanks for sharing this information. As always, maryred, you have a wonderful grasp on the whole picture.

Very good view of the whole problem.


This is very bad news for my State----------Cruises to Alaska now terminated until at least July due to Canada closing its ports. Since almost all cruise ships are foreign bottoms they must have at least one foreign port to visit. So a cruise ship leaving, say, Seattle, can't do Alaska without a Canadian visit. Over half of visitation to Alaska comes via cruise ships. I believe they were expecting over 1.5 million this year.

I marked like only because I like the fact you are sharing the information. I am not happy about the loss of tourist dollars for your state. Maybe it's time to revise the Jones act?

Only other alternative would be if they could find a Russian port across the Bearing Straits to visit.

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