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I think Canada is slowly de-escalating in baby steps as we speak.  

They took a lot of heat when the Alaska Recovery act passed allowing ships to bypass Canada in 2021, I don't think they'll make that mistake for the 2022 Alaska season.  

If you book soon while CWC is included you do get some safety from that plus if the unthinkable happens and Canada stays in lockdown for another 12 months Royal has offered full refunds as an option when cruises cancel or moved to Seattle.  

That first sailing on Quantum from Vancouver is a real bargain.  Alaska for those prices won't be seen again once Alaska cruising is back in full force.  

In the big picture I think booking the 2022 Alaska season from Vancouver is pretty low risk.  

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This is something I have been paying really close attention of late.  If you would have asked me this question 2-3 weeks ago, I probably would be more pessimistic about it. However, there has been a whole lot of rumblings over the last two weeks about possible border reopening, a plan was submitted to the feds last week listing the conditions to be exempt from quarantine.
 

All news points in a very positive direction for border restrictions to start easing very soon in Canada. The latest is an article posted last night by both Bloomberg and Politico. Both basically sum up the rumours swirling of late. I will also attach the plan that was submitted to the feds last Friday. 
 

https://www.politico.com/news/2021/06/07/canada-us-border-restrictions-492111
 

https://www.canada.ca/en/health-canada/services/drugs-health-products/covid19-industry/medical-devices/testing-screening-advisory-panel/reports-summaries/priority-strategies-quarantine-borders.html

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11 hours ago, smokeybandit said:

I want to get another double points cruise in before that window expires. Looking at Alaska next May or June.  The Vancouver cruises are a good bit cheaper than Seattle, but I'm not sure I trust Canada to be fully open by then.

What's the airfare look like?  Does the Canadian ban expire in Feb '22 or is it open ended?

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22 minutes ago, Matt said:

I really hope it's back to normal, in terms of allowing cruise ship traffic to Canada. That and open the land border so @Lovetocruise2002 can start up her 2022 live blog in about six weeks from now

Forget 2022! If our borders open soon, I want to try to squeeze in a summer cruise! Lol

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2 hours ago, cruisellama said:

What's the airfare look like?  Does the Canadian ban expire in Feb '22 or is it open ended?

Airfare is atrocious as usual.... costs me about $600 to fly to Toronto from here(1.5-2hr hr flight)...its going to terrible for a long while here I think.

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13 hours ago, smokeybandit said:

I want to get another double points cruise in before that window expires. Looking at Alaska next May or June.  The Vancouver cruises are a good bit cheaper than Seattle, but I'm not sure I trust Canada to be fully open by then.

I would think by next May or June you should be safe....anything before that is a gamble. I am looking at booking a cruise for April of 2022 and I am wary and not ready to commit yet.

 

But to be honest..unless we end up with Covid waves 6 through 10 around North American, it should be fine by next spring/summer..I wouldn't plan anything for winter of 2022 in or out of Canada stil at this point.

 

we have 70.3% of our population vaccinated here in NB..and we still cant visit dying family or travel or attend a sport event or music or not wear masks everywhere....we are WAY behind the USA when it comes to relaxing those restrictions!!!

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On 6/8/2021 at 8:02 AM, monctonguy said:

Airfare is atrocious as usual.... costs me about $600 to fly to Toronto from here(1.5-2hr hr flight)...its going to terrible for a long while here I think.

That's crazy!   We can fly on WJ from Vancouver to Toronto all summer for about $300 round trip as they try to drum up travel.   I think Air Canada has similar deals.   

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35 minutes ago, D Alt said:

I booked a 4 night Canada cruise to Halifax, NS in June, 2022.  Anyone been to Halifax before and what excursions are worth it? 

Halifax is amazing, we absolutely love that city. Peggy's Cove is an excellent excursion and they usually have an excursion to the Titanic victim graveyard and then to a Maritime museum with a bunch of Titanic artifacts. Personal favorite of mine as I'm a bit of a Titanic historian, ok a lot a bit. 🤣 Are you sailing Oasis from NJ? We are booked on Oasis June 2022.

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4 minutes ago, RCIfan1912 said:

Halifax is amazing, we absolutely love that city. Peggy's Cove is an excellent excursion and they usually have an excursion to the Titanic victim graveyard and then to a Maritime museum with a bunch of Titanic artifacts. Personal favorite of mine as I'm a bit of a Titanic historian, ok a lot a bit. 🤣 Are you sailing Oasis from NJ? We are booked on Oasis June 2022.

this trip is Adventure OTS from NJ to Canada.  I want to do another NJ one on a bigger ship as well, but I think I have to pace myself. 😂  Thanks for the recommendation. I'm not really a museum kinda person. More of an adventure / scenery / nature type. 

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4 minutes ago, D Alt said:

this trip is Adventure OTS from NJ to Canada.  I want to do another NJ one on a bigger ship as well, but I think I have to pace myself. 😂  Thanks for the recommendation. I'm not really a museum kinda person. More of an adventure / scenery / nature type. 

Peggy's Cove might be better for you then. It's a beautiful old fishing village with an awesome lighthouse. It's just gorgeous scenery in every direction.

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