Despite the fact that Canada has decided to ban all cruise vessels from sailing in Canadian waters for another full year, Royal Caribbean has just announced that it does not plan to cancel any of its Alaska cruises, including those with Canadian ports of call and those scheduled to embark or disembark in Canada.
According to Cruise Hive, the cruise line has said that it’s working with the U.S. and Canadian governments, along with the Cruise Line International Association (CLIA), to come up with alternative arrangements that would enable cruise ships to sail through the region as soon as it is deemed safe. Three ships—Ovation of the Seas, Serenade of the Seas and Radiance of the Seas—have Alaska sailings scheduled for 2021.
At this time, Royal Caribbean is encouraging guests booked on any Alaskan or Canadian cruises scheduled to set sail from May 2021 onward (the carrier has already voluntarily suspended operations through the end of April) to keep their bookings. The cruise line feels confident that it will be able to secure permission to sail by that time.