Canada Out. Caribbean In.

Canada put the end to the 2020 cruise season to Alaska and Canadian ports by restriciting cruise lines from docking until after Oct. 31. This effectively ended Alaska cruise vacations and Canada New England cruises for the season.

For instance, Disney was forced to cancel its 2020 Alaska cruising season, citing Canada’s cruise ship ban. Disney has offered impacted guests a 125 percent future cruise credit or can opt for a full refund to their original form of payment. The future cruise credit offered is good through March 31, 2022.

Royal Caribbean also says it is forced to cancel the 2020 Alaskan and Canada New England cruise season. The cruise line will allow guests to book a similar cruise next year, receive a 125 percent credit for a future cruise, or a full refund credited back to the original payment source.

The bright spot is the cruises leaving from Miami and Orlando for the Caribbean. On Carnival, the cruise line is taking reservations for three and four-day cruises, especially to Key West and Cozumel, scheduled to leave Florida in August and September.

For the ocean liners, all sailings through the end of July have been on hold because of the Centers for Disease Control’s “no sail order” that was extended into the summer. All cruise vessels sailing from US territorial waters are restricted from sailing until cleared by the CDC.

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