Cruises set to sail to Alaska this summer are currently in limbo. The Canadian government has banned cruise ships from entering Canadian waters through February 2022. Alaska senators have now introduced a bill that would allow Alaskan cruises to resume.
U.S. maritime law requires ships flagged in foreign countries to make an international stop during sailings. Alaska senators Murkowski and Sullivan have introduced a Bill that would allow ships to sail to Alaska without requiring a stop in Canada.
The “Alaska Tourism Recovery Act” legislation will hopefully relieve restrictions in place as a result of the Passenger Vessel Services Act.
“Canada’s recent decision to prohibit Alaska-bound cruise ships from operating in Canadian waters creates legal hurdles that will hamstring the Alaska cruise season, creating additional economic strain on Alaska’s entire economy, especially in our Southeast communities,” Murkowski said.
The House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure has also sent a letter to the Canadian ambassador to the U.S. asking Canada to reevaluate its cruise ban. The committee suggested allowing ships to stop in Canadian ports without passengers disembarking.
Disney Cruise Line has not canceled its Alaskan sailings yet. Disney is evaluating various options for the Disney Wonder’s summer Alaska cruises.
We will continue to monitor and update when more information is made available. Stay tuned to Chip & Co!