The Alaska cruise season has been stuck in limbo since the Canadian government is not allowing cruise ships to dock at any Canadian ports through February 2022. The Passenger Vessel Services Act (PVSA) requires foreign-registered ships to stop at a foreign port between embarkments at two U.S. ports.
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Now, the U.S. Senate has passed the Alaska Tourism Restoration Act. This act allows U.S. cruise ships to forgo stopping at a foreign port. The bill is expected to pass the House of Representatives as well.
According to the CDC, cruise ships must prove that 95% of passengers and 98% of crew members are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 to sail or complete test sailings before cruises can resume. Disney Cruise Line previously removed all Alaskan sailings from its website. Right now, Disney Cruise Line will return to Alaska beginning May 2022.
Alaskan Senators Lisa Murkowski and Dan Sullivan both sponsored the bill and are hoping it will reinvigorate Alaskan businesses. “Alaska has led with vaccinations in the country and our communities are ready to welcome visitors back,” Murkowski said.
Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA), the cruise industry’s largest trade association, congratulated senators Murkowski and Sullivan “for all their efforts to help save the Alaska cruise season. CLIA and its members hope to return this summer and help support Alaskan communities by bringing people back to work.”
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