A ruling by the U.S. Center for Disease Control has effectively made a bill that would’ve allowed Alaska-bound cruise ships to skip Canadian ports a moot point.
The Cruise Lines International Association was calling on the U.S. to lift the CDC’s no-sail order for cruise ships.
That order was issued in March 2020 and the association had already voluntarily suspended all operations.
On Wednesday, the association was asking the CDC to lift the order by early July.
But in a statement, the CDC said the sailing order would remain until Nov. 1. The Alaska cruise ship season only runs until October.
The Alaska cruise ship bill could have dealt a devastating blow to B.C.’s $2.7-billion cruise ship industry if passed, because ships would’ve been able to skip ports like Victoria due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
With files from Rob Shaw