The move chips away at some of the last remaining big-ship cruises on Southeast Alaska’s schedule.
Allen Marine normally operates tour boats out of Sitka, Juneau and Ketchikan. But with tourism numbers way down because of the coronavirus, they’re branching out.
On Twitter, the company addressed Alaska politicians: “We are hopeful that through the support of the Alaska delegation and openness of mayors of Alaska port towns, we have the potential to resume voyages in September.”
All non-essential travel between the countries will be prohibited until at least July 21.
The Canada Border Services Agency said it wants travelers to limit their stops and practice social distancing when they do have to stop.
American Cruise Lines had planned cruises in late June and was working with communities to come up with acceptable protocols for screening, testing, cleaning and quarantine for its passengers and crew.
Borough Clerk Alekka Fullerton said the potential economic benefits of cruise tourism are not worth the health risks.
The largest portion of the money — $1.4 million — will be distributed directly to residents in the form of monthly, $1,000 checks.
American Cruise Lines’ plan for its 175-passenger ship Constellation requires passengers and crew to be tested for COVID-19 before boarding, preferably in their home community.
The state is now allowing visitors to get tested for COVID-19, instead of quarantining, if they’re taking a flight to Alaska.