Primed and ready to cruise again in Canadian waters

Atlantic Cruise Canada Association supports projects for the return of cruise vessels in 2022

Primed and ready to cruise again in Canadian waters
Port of Sydney in Nova Scotia has undertaken infrastructure improvements to its Liberty Pier

By Richard Humphreys |

Canada’s Minister of Transport announced in July 2021 that the Government of Canada would rescind an interim order for the suspension of cruise vessels operating within Canadian waters, which was put in place to protect Canadians during the height of the Covid-19 pandemic. 

The Atlantic Canada Cruise Association (ACCA) is supportive of this rescindment, which came into effect on 1 November 2021. It sees real value in fostering dynamic partnerships and relationships within the cruise community, believing the way forward includes supporting one another and working together to ensure that cruise guests and crew are safe during future visits to the region. 

There are many initiatives underway to prepare Canadian communities and ports for the return of cruising in 2022, as well as infrastructure improvements at the Port of Sydney’s new Liberty Pier and Port Charlottetown’s cruise berth expansion. These developments will allow Sydney and Charlottetown to welcome some of the largest cruise ships in the world. The Corner Brook Port Corporation is working with its partners to develop a new cruise welcome area for the 2022 season. 

Meanwhile, in Halifax work is underway at Peggy’s Cove – one of Nova Scotia’s most iconic attractions – to create a safe, accessible, and engaging experience for locals, visitors and business operators. Beginning next spring, AREA 506, which has arranged waterfront concerts at Port Saint John since 2016, will schedule a full season of live entertainment, retail and hospitality events. This will elevate the experience for cruise passengers and create a new destination for residents and regional tourism. 

As part of the Cruise Canada New England Alliance, the ACCA team is continually engaging with its regional partners and has refreshed and repositioned its Cruise Atlantic Canada brand and website. The website has been developed with a goal of improving ACCA’s overall approach to communications.

This article was first published in the 2022 issue of Cruise & Ferry Itinerary Planning. All information was correct at the time of printing, but may since have changed. 

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