Cruise & Ferry Itinerary Planning 2022

8 9 “ This enables us to send a clear message to all partners and international cruise lines: Canada awaits them” Tony Boemi, Cruise the Saint Lawrence Wary international operators and guests who are yet to plan their return are likely to be reassured by the success of domestic operator St. Lawrence Cruise Lines. It safely resumed cruises for Canadian citizens on Canada’s St. Lawrence and Ottawa Rivers in September 2020 after implementing strict health and safety protocols to protect guests, crew and local communities. Between May and October 2021, the operator’s 32-stateroom ship Canadian Empress also sailed four- to seven-day itineraries from Kingston, Ottawa and Québec City to select ports in Ontario and Québec. Thanks to measures including mandatory vaccinations, pre-embarkation tests, physical distancing, mask wearing and enhanced cleaning and sanitisation regimes, the cruise line did not record any incidences of Covid-19 during these voyages. Guests also responded positively, with 93 per cent of evaluation forms indicating that they would be willing to cruise with St. Lawrence Cruise Lines again in future. “We believe that the safe and successful completion of our 2021 season proves that we can deliver a fulfilling cruise vacation with the highest levels of hospitality, while maintaining equally high standards of Covid-19 safety measures for everyone onboard,” says Jason Clark, president of St. Lawrence Cruise Lines. CFIP International cruise lines regularly plan itineraries to enable guests to enjoy the autumnal foliage in destinations like Saguenay