The government had originally banned cruises until February 2022. Transport Minister Omar Alghabra announced that this date was brought forward to November 1, 2021.

This announcement is likely to have little impact, as by that date, the fall foliage season will be over in eastern Canada and the Alaskan season will also be over in the west.

However, this will allow cruise lines to plan their 2022 season with more confidence. Ships no longer stopped in British Columbia since a special law was passed in the United States allowing the resumption of voyages to Alaska.

Several countries have already reopened their borders to cruises under various conditions. But the situation is still fragile. Several boats have cancelled their calls at certain ports or have had to shorten or cancel cruises due to Covid cases.