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Halifax suspends entire 2020 cruise season

The Port of Halifax has suspended the 2020 cruise season following the announcement on May 29 by Transport Minister Marc Garneau of COVID-related, updated restrictive measures on cruise ships and passenger vessels in Canadian waters.

Cruise vessels carrying more than 100 passengers are now forbidden to operate in Canadian waters until October 31. An earlier restriction applying to vessels carrying more than 500 passengers had deferred the start of the cruise season to July 1. Cruise ships carrying more than 12 persons continue to be prohibited from entering Canadian Arctic coastal waters.

The Minister’s announcement “effectively means there will be no cruise vessel calls in Halifax this year,” said the Halifax Port Authority which added that it “will continue to work with partners across tourism in Nova Scotia to rebuild the cruise industry in Halifax this year. Together, we will weather this storm and prepare for brighter days ahead.” (Photo Halifax Port Authority)