Canadian Arctic cruises suspended to prevent spread of Coronavirus

   March 31, 2020 ,   Cruise Industry

Canadian Arctic's summer’s 2020 cruise season will be suspended due to the global Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The annual report of the Nunavut Government on tourism 2018-2019 said 12 cruise ships offered 21 separate voyages in Nunavut between July-September 2019, with economic estimated USD 677,258 (2019), up from USD 376,016 in 2018. However, USD 677,258 is low as many transactions were informal, such as cash paid to artists.

Certain communities were recently beginning to make money from cruise vessels, including Gjoa Haven, with HMS Erebus and HMS Terror National Historic Site and Nattilik heritage centre.

Ocean Endeavour cruise ship

This announcement soon led to the cancellation of the 2020 cruises of Adventure Canada's chartered ship Ocean Endeavour, including 4 that would have sailed to Nunavut. Adventure Canada transferred the 2020 bookings to 2021.

The Norwegian cruise company Hurtigruten cancelled 5 voyages through the Canadian Arctic on the 254-passenger ship Fram and 530-passenger Roald Amundsen.

For Coronavirus updates on cruise ship quarantines (infected passengers and crew) and top-pandemic countries (COVID-19 cases and deaths, daily updated statistics) see at CruiseMapper's Norovirus page.