Cruise industry

Cruise the Great Lakes coalition welcomes Nov. 1 re-opening of cruise operations

  Leaders of Cruise the Great Lakes, a coalition of states and provinces, cruise lines, ports, convention and visitor bureaus, and other stakeholders, have welcomed the Canadian federal government’s recent announcement that cruise ships may enter Canadian ports effective Nov. 1 following a prolonged no-sail ban due to COVID-19. In recent years, the Great Lakes …

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ACPA welcomes November re-opening of cruise operations

  The Association of Canadian Port Authorities (ACPA) has welcomed the announcement made on July 15 by the Minister of Transport, the Honourable Omar Alghabra, to rescind the federal government’s Interim Order – effective November 1, 2021, that until now suspended cruise ships from operating within Canadian waters until February 28, 2022. This is positive …

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ACPA wants Transport Canada to rescind cruise ban by December 31

  The Association of Canadian Port Authorities (ACPA) has urged the federal government to rescind the existing interim cruise ban until Feb. 22,2022 by December 31, 2021, in light of strong progress in COVID-19 vaccinations and of recent initiatives taken by the United States to bypass the Canadian market.  In a letter addressed to Transport …

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Proposed US bills could devastate BC cruise industry

  Three bills tabled in the US  Senate seek to allow foreign-flag cruise ships to bypass British Columbia on their Alaska voyages, dealing a serious blow to the province’s multi-billion dollar tourism sector. Current laws temporarily allow the vessels to travel directly between US ports without touching a foreign country. If the bills tabled late …

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Florida Governor proposes $258 million in relief for Florida ports

  Florida’s Governor Ron DeSantis sent a proposal to the Florida Legislature for COVID-19 relief for the ports under the federal American Rescue Plan Act of 2021. DeSantis proposed to the legislature that $1.4 billion be allocated for immediate use in the state and in total he outlined $4.1 billion for state programs for economic …

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Crystal to launch first North American large ship cruises since the pandemic

  NASSAU AND MIAMI – In a joint virtual press conference with the Honorable Dionisio D’Aguilar, Minister of Tourism & Aviation for The Commonwealth of The Bahamas, Crystal Cruises announced its plans yesterday to restart cruising with new close-to-home Bahamas Escapes beginning July 3, 2021 with a series of 16 seven-night, round-trip cruises from Nassau …

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Vard delivers second expedition cruise vessel to Coral Expeditions

  Following successful delivery of the sister ship Coral Adventurer in 2019, Australia-based Coral Expeditions ordered a second VARD 6 01 Expedition Cruise Vessel as part of its fleet expansion.  The brand new Coral Geographer is now ready to sail, arriving from Vard Vung Tau shipyard in Vietnam. Unlike many of the cruise ships that …

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Port Canaveral becomes North America’s first LNG cruise port

  New Q-LNG 4000 LNG articulated bunker barge arrives at Port, stands ready to fuel the next generation of cruise ships Port Canaveral, FL – Port Canaveral marked a historic milestone yesterday in the safe, reliable transportation and delivery of liquefied natural gas (LNG) in North America as the Q-LNG 4000, a cutting-edge ship-to-ship articulated tug and bunker …

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Hurtigruten victim of a cyberattack

  The Norwegian cruise line Hurtigruten, already in difficulty because of the Covid-19 pandemic, announced on Monday that it had been the target of a cyber attack. According to the company’s head of technology services, Ole-Marius Moe-Helgesen, “This is a serious attack,” “Hurtigruten’s entire global IT infrastructure appears to be affected,” he added in a …

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