Canadian & Select Maine Ports Closed to Cruise Traffic Until July

Bar Harbor Maine Closed Until July 1 for Cruise Traffic Due to Coronavirus Concerns
Bar Harbor Maine Closed Until July 1 for Cruise Traffic Due to Coronavirus Concerns.

Citing a large volume of feedback on the subject, the Bar Harbor Town Council has canceled all scheduled cruise ship visits through the end of June.

The decision also applies to smaller cruise ships, which generally operate only in American waters.

 Many industry observers are expecting operators of large ships — those that can carry thousands of people and all of which are registered in foreign countries — to cancel their Maine visits from April through June because of a ban until July 1 on cruise ship operations in Canadian waters. In keeping with federal maritime laws, all foreign-registered cruise ships make stops in Canada as part of each trip along the Maine coast.

 Cruise ship visits are considered a major contributor to Maine’s coastal tourist economy each summer. According to cruise ship industry studies, passengers and cruise companies spend tens of millions of dollars in Maine each year.

 Some ships have canceled Bar Harbor visits after June 30.
 
 Zaandam has canceled visits scheduled for July 5, Aug. 30, Sept. 13 and Sept. 27, but still has nine visits scheduled between July 3 and Oct. 24. The Holland America cruise ship, which can carry roughly 2,000 passengers and crew members, cut short a South American cruise last month after four passengers on board died, two of them from COVID-19.

Evrima, a ship that can carry roughly 550 passengers and crew, has canceled visits scheduled for Sept. 29, Oct. 4 and Oct. 26.


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