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Ban on big cruise ships means a sinking number of visitors 

Halifax expected 74,565 cruisers in April, May and June, but now only 2,520 people would be allowed.

click to enlarge The massive Oasis of the Seas will no longer be bringing 5,600 people to Halifax June 25. - ROYALCARIBBEAN.COM
  • The massive Oasis of the Seas will no longer be bringing 5,600 people to Halifax June 25.
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  From the moment the Diamond Princess was identified as a coronavirus hotspot, cruise ships have been a target of concern. "Avoid all travel on cruise ships" is the headline that’s been on official Canadian government travel advice since February. The advisory then explains why:

Cruise passengers include travellers from around the world who may be arriving from areas with known or unknown spread of COVID-19. The virus can spread quickly on board cruises due to the close contact between passengers. Older people and people with a weakened immune system or underlying medical condition are at a higher risk of developing severe disease.

Given that, it was only a matter of time before Canada closed all its ports to cruise ships. Prime minister Justin Trudeau announced the move Friday, during his open-air speech to the nation, and Transport Canada filled in the details.

The start of cruise ship season is delayed from April 2 until July 1 at the earliest; boats bigger than 500 passengers and crew are not allowed at any Canadian port in April, May or June. Smaller boats, with a capacity less than 500 will be allowed at mainland ports.

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