By Danelle Kelly
Ketchikan Daily News 

Canada reopens its waters to cruise ship traffic


March 16, 2022

Canada’s Minister of Transport has announced that cruise ships are again welcome at the nation’s ports, starting April 6.

The COVID-19 pandemic stopped all cruise ship traffic in 2020 as Canada closed its waters, and the revenue hit was substantial for Alaska businesses and municipalities that rely on summer travelers. Even when cruise ships resumed limited operations in 2021, they had to bypass Canadian ports and traffic to Alaska was a fraction of past summers.

A major barrier to the ability of ships to sail between the Lower 48 and Alaska during Canada’s closure was the U.S. Passenger Vesse...

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