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Bahamas outlines plan for cruise ships and tourists to return

The Bahamas Minister of Tourism released a new phased plan for how tourism will return following the global health crisis.

Minister of Tourism & Aviation Dionisio D'Aguilar presented his plan to the public on Monday that involves four phases, with cruise ship return part of the final phase.

Phase 3 of the Tourism Readiness & Recovery Plan will begin on October 15, which includes the reopening of beaches and major hotels.  

Key West to vote on proposal to ban big cruise ships

Some Key West residents are proposing the city restrict, if not ban, big cruise ships from stopping at the island.

Florida Key News reports the PAC "Key West Committee for Cleaner, Safer Ships" has outlined three goals it hopes to pass as law in Key West:

Puerto Rico to reopen on July 15

Last week, Puerto Rico's Governor announced the island will reopen and remove nearly all the restrictions it had in place, which includes the reopening of beaches and international travel prohibitions.

Gov. Wanda Vázquez said Puerto Rico will welcome tourists back beginning on July 15.

New cruise ship pier in Antigua moving ahead with construction

Antigua's new cruise ship pier progress is still progressing, despite the COVID-19 impact felt around the world.

Global Ports Holding issued an update that the marine contractor, Meridian Construction Ltd., with the exception of the brief suspension of construction activity during the first ten days of the government curfew and a few manufacturer delays caused by COVID-19, the majority of the project components are on schedule.

Canada bans cruise ships until end of October

The Government of Canada announced it has extended its ban on cruise ships through the end of October 2020, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Marc Garneau, Canada's Minister of Transport, made the announcement that cruise ships with overnight accommodations allowed to carry more than 100 persons are prohibited from operating in Canadian waters until October 31, 2020.

Canada had already banned cruise ships from April through the end of June.

Hawaii estimates no cruise visitors until late 2021

Hawaii's Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism published an economic prediction report that expects no cruise ship passengers until the second half of 2021.

The COVID-19 pandemic has caused a major downturn in Hawaii's economy, and it is noteworthy that the report includes an assumption that there will be, "No cruise visitors until second half of 2021."

Bahamas considering reopening borders for travel on or before July 1

The Bahamas is mulling over reopening its borders for travel "on or before" July 1.

Tribune Business reports Bahamian Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis announced the country is considering plans to resume domestic travel.

"We are looking at a possible date for commercial travel on or before July 1 of this year," he said. "These dates may change depending on the circumstance. I want to repeat, however, that this date is not final."

Antigua to open its borders in June

The Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Minister announced it will open its borders in June, after having to shut its borders due to the spread of COVID-19.

An American Airlines flight will land on the island on June 4.

Aruba tentatively planning to reopen its borders

The Caribbean island of Aruba has plans in the works to reopen its borders sometime next month.

The Government of Aruba announced on May 8th a tentative re-opening of the borders for inbound travel between June 15 and July 1, 2020.

Aruba’s tourism authority made the update via its website to inform the public of the plan.

These dates are subject to change that will depend on additional precautionary measures as needed.

Aruba is the first Caribbean destination to announce a specific date for a border reopening. 

Ketchikan, Alaska considering if they should allow cruise ships dock with Coronavirus pandemic looming

The Ketchikan City Council is debating whether to allow cruise ships to dock at its port, having to weigh the financial benefit of a cruise ship visit versus the potential spread of Coronavirus.

The Ketchikan Daily News reported the city council is discussing  allowing cruise operators to pay for space and services at its downtown berths.

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