The 2021 Alaska cruise season is back on after the US house passed the Alaska Tourism Restoration Act. The bill allows select foreign ships to sail between two US ports without the need to stop at a foreign port. In normal times cruises to Alaska either begin or end in Canada. Many others, include a stop in Canada when sailing between Alaska and the lower 48. This is because federal law does not allow for foreign register ships to sail directly between two US ports.
Until now, the 2021 cruise season was likely facing another year of cancellation as Canada banned cruise ships until Feb 2022. The Alaska Tourism Restoration act is a temporary Band-Aid to Canada’s ban on cruise ships. The act is set to expire in Feb 2022. Of course, if Canada extends their cruise ship ban, congress may pass an extension for the 2022 season.