Coronavirus to slash Atlantic Canada’s cruise season

New federal restrictions on cruise ships are set to wreak havoc with Eastern Canada’s cruise ship season, with thousands of expected visitors no longer permitted to dock in Canada.

Transport Minister Marc Garneau announced on Friday that no cruise ships carrying more than 500 people will be allowed to dock in Canada until at least July 1.

The restrictions will affect cruise ships as well as international ferry services such as the Yarmouth-to-Maine ferry.

The ferry season for Port Saint John, the Port of Halifax and the Port of Sydney normally gets underway in late April.

Each location was expecting the 2020 season to bring record numbers to their respective ports of call.

Earlier this month, the CEO of Port Saint John told Global News that they were expecting 90 ships and more than 225,000 passengers and crew. The Port of Halifax was expecting 208 more than 350,000 passengers and crew.

Those figures are now in question.

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