The Serenade of the Seas prepares to sail from the Marco Polo Cruise Terminal – File Photo

The COVID pandemic has claimed another victim – the 2021 cruise ship season in Saint John. Transport Canada has announced it is extending a ban cruise ships calling on Canadian ports until the end of February next year. It’s part of the effort to control the COVID virus saying cruise vessels in Canadian waters pose a risk to our healthcare system.

It’s the second year in a row there won’t be cruise ships arriving along our city centre waterfront with the resulting blow to our tourism and hospitality industries.

A statement released by Port Saint John says “we respect the direction given by Transport Canada regarding the extension of the suspension of cruise operations in Canadian waters to February 2022.” The port says it’s working with the Association of Canadian Port Authorities Cruise Committee providing input to the federal government “for the eventual resumption of cruise activity in Canada.”