If you're planning to take a cruise that includes stops in Canadian ports, you should be aware that NCL has made changes to their protocols that impact sailings in May of 2022. While Norwegian has made a formal announcement, the updated protocols have more to do with the restrictions in Canada than specific cruise lines so it's a safe bet that the others will announce updates as well.

Impacted NCL Sailings to Canadian Ports:

  • N. Bliss – May 7 and 14, 2022
  • N. Jewel – May 2 and 9, 2022
  • N. Encore – May 8 and 15, 2022
  • N. Sun – May 5 and 10, 2022

What You Need to Know

  • The Canadian government requires all guests to complete ArriveCAN within 72 hours of embarkation.
    • ArriveCAN receipt must be presented at check in on embarkation day.
Canadian port protocols

Canadian port protocols. Photo: Jamie Morrison

Obviously, the protocols for traveling have been changing quickly, especially for cruises. To make keeping up with all the policy changes a little easier, every cruise line has its own version of resources which is updated regularly. For Norwegian, visit https://www.ncl.com/travel-requirements-by-country

Additionally, you should sign up for travel notifications for both state and federal guidelines as well as the government(s) of port(s) you will be visiting. 

Due to the constant changes, there have been a lot of itinerary changes the last few months and it's important to remember that traveling in 2022 is much different than it was in 2019. You'll need to make some adjustments to your expectations. With this in mind remember that itinerary changes are done with your health and safety in mind and most minor changes do not entitle you to any compensation.

Make sure you have all necessary documentation including proof of vaccination and boosters if necessary for both the cruise line requirements as well as the countries you will be visiting; negative COVID-19 test result; visas and passport readily available to present to the check-in staff upon arrival.

Failure to comply with these requirements will result in you being unable to board the ship and in the case of Norwegian Cruise Line, won't be eligible for a refund or compensation of any type. 

For more information about required documentation: https://www.ncl.com/freestyle-cruise/cruise-travel-documents.

Read about NCL's cancelation policy: https://www.ncl.com/refund-and-cancellation-policy-covid-19

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