In the wake of the introduction of PCR test requirements for all arriving passengers and the announcement that Canada’s major carriers were suspending flights to the Caribbean and Mexico, the travel industry was dealt another blow with the ban on pleasure craft and cruise vessels in Canadian waters officially extended until Feb. 28, 2022.
While Adventure Canada, which leads small-ship expeditions in the Canadian Arctic and Greenland, was bracing for an extension, CEO Cedar Swan says it didn’t anticipate the length of the ban.
“We have approached the summer of 2021 with measured optimism,” Swan tells Travel Courier. “The rapid vaccine development provided a huge boost of hope. However, we have been realistic in our approach and how we have reimagined our program in the new COVID world. The safety of our guests, community partners, expedition team, and crew is of utmost priority. We were prepared for an extension of the cruise ban, however, anticipated it would be extended 45-60 days, and not a full year.”
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