Senators Propose Bill to Save Alaska Season for Ships
U.S. Senators Lisa Murkowski and Dan Sullivan, both R-Alaska, hope Congress can help circumvent the Canadian ban on cruise ships.
U.S. Senators Lisa Murkowski and Dan Sullivan, both R-Alaska, today introduced the Alaska Tourism Recovery Act to alleviate the Passenger Vessel Services Act (PVSA) restrictions for cruise ships transporting passengers between the State of Washington and the State of Alaska.
This legislation will allow cruise ships to sail to Alaska without requiring that they stop in Canada, as U.S. law normally would require.
Canada’s Interim Order No. 5 prohibits cruise ships from navigating, mooring, anchoring or berthing in Canadian waters until February 28, 2022 or until the Canadian Government lifts the prohibition.
U.S. Congressman Don Young (R-AK) recently introduced companion legislation in the House of Representatives. This is a great idea as long as Canada will allow the ships to transit their waters without stopping.