Great Lakes cruises to return as Canada lifts ban on November 1

Great Lakes cruises to return as Canada lifts ban on November 1
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(WWJ) -- Are you ready to cruise the Great Lakes? Pretty soon, you can!

Canada’s cruise ship ban will expire on November 1, and 23 organizations and municipalities that serve the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Seaway cruise ship industry are applauding the move.

David Naftzger, executive director for the organization that manages the “Cruise the Great Lakes” initiative, says the cruises are fundamentally unique because the size of the vessels that can enter the region is limited by the locks on the St. Lawrence Seaway.

Because the vessels can only hold about 400 passengers, he says that “cruise operators have a unique ability to reduce risk and take safety precautions”

Dave Lorencz of Travel Michigan says it’s been a challenging time, but they’re looking forward to preparing for a full cruise season in 2022.

On Monday, Canadian officials announced that Americans who have been vaccinated against COVID-19 will be allowed to cross the border starting on Aug. 9, while borders will be open to the rest of the world on Sept. 7.

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