January 29, 2021 — The Association of Pacific Ports was very pleased to have Donna Spalding from Cruise Lines International Association – North West and Canada (CLIA-NWC) provide an update on the cruise industry to attendees at our recent Annual General General Meeting. She described the efforts of cruise lines to address COVID-19 as well as various government regulations that were in place while the pandemic continues.

Following Donna’s presentation, the group engaged in a robust discussion that included an update from Stephanie Prybyl, Ports Program Policy Coordinator with Business Oregon. Stephanie and her agency had been involved in a study undertaken by the Federal Maritime Commission on the economic impact the loss of cruise was having in U.S. states.

Download the FMC report here (pdf format): COVID-19 Impact on cruise industry (“Interim Report: Economic Impact of COVID-19 on the Cruise Industry in Alaska, Washington, and Oregon” October 2020).

Please note: Shortly after Donna’s presentations, the Government of Canada announced a one-year ban on cruise vessels.