BAR PORT– –The cruise industry has been dealt another blow, this time by the Canadian government Has extended his ban from all cruise ships (with more than 100 passengers) in Canadian waters by February 28, 2022.
This Move Essentially, the season for the Port of Bar Harbor ends due to one Federal law known as the Passenger Services Vessel Act by 1886 The requires foreign– –Flagships sailing between US destinations to stop at a foreign port.
These bans also discouraged cruise ships dock in City throughout the 2020 season.
The loss of ships will have a direct impact on the city’s budget for 2022, which was in the final stages of elaboration at the time of the announcement.
On Tuesday T.have C.Last minute changes were presented by Town Manage at the council meeting, which was scheduled to hold a public hearing on the proposed 2022 budgetr Cornell Knight in front to the hearing. The proposed changes to the account of the cruise ship fund included a decline from expected earnings of $ 530,000 to $ 174,000; a decrease in spending from $ 105,000 to $ 49,000; a decrease in the allocation in the general fund from $ 167,000 to $ 97,000; and a decrease in the capital transfer from $ 165,000 to $ 76,000.
The changes, Knight said, would increase the local tax rate by 0.7 percent. Before the changes, the city should see a nominal 0.1 percent drop in its tax rate.
For the 2021 seasonat the time of going to press According to Harbormaster Charlie, there are still 120 ships officially on the program in Bar Harbor Phippingis probably not a realistic number. Nineteen are American Cruise Line Independence cruises, which are the smallest of the ships and usually sail with around 100 passengers.
“I have not received anything to suggest that American Cruise Lines have changed their plans,” he said at a cruise committee meeting last week.
As the city works to adjust its budget, the local shopkeepers prepare for another challenging summer.
“What ccould be done to mitigate the loss of business? “Scott Mitchell, COO of Peruanian Link on Cottage Street, asked. That Business crowded the city to do everything it can to get the ships back.
CEO of Acadia Corporation, David Woodside, said that the cancellation of cruise lines in September and October last year had a dramatic impact on his West Street Business. “For 2021, We expected the possibility that we would not do this with cruise lines Summer-, but we had some hope that they might still come in September and October.” Woodside said He is expecting his sales become be better than last yearwhen he suffered a loss of around 30 percent, but He expressed concern that it would take some time for sales to recover to pre-pandemic levels.
“West Street depends on it cruin sHips, “said Diane Smith, the owner and operator of SeaDawg Gift shop. they agrees that their best sales months are in September and October when most of the cruises are on Ships Dock. “It will be very difficult because we will be dependent on income in the fall,” she said.
Ninah Gile, an MDI native, covers the city of Bar Harbor. She is happy to be back in Maine after completing her bachelor’s degree in San Diego from the University of California.