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Canada Bans Cruises Until 2022, Blocking Alaska Trips

  • Big lines need a Canadian port as part of those itineraries
  • Norwegian is ‘exploring alternatives’ to let sailings continue
The Norwegian Bliss cruise ship passes through John Hopkins Inlet in Glacier Bay, Alaska, in July 2019.
The Norwegian Bliss cruise ship passes through John Hopkins Inlet in Glacier Bay, Alaska, in July 2019. Photographer: Tim Rue/Bloomberg
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Canada is extending its ban on cruise ships through February 2022 because of Covid-19, effectively shutting down popular summer trips to Alaska for another year.

The prohibition will allow authorities to focus on the rollout of the coronavirus vaccine and limit the spread of new variants, the government said in a statement Thursday.