Many cruise lines have been forced to cut the time their ships spend in port when visiting Canadian ports.
Along the Gulf of St. Lawrence, cruise lines have had to cut the time they spend in port by reducing their speed to 10 Knots, which is nearly half of the previous speed cap. The new procedures came into place a couple of weeks ago by the Canadian Federal government, in a plan to protect the whale population of North America.
With slower speeds, it means spending more time sailing between ports.
The decision has been made by the government in hope it will prevent the chance of collision between the whales and cruise ships.
As of now, there are five cruise lines which have confirmed itinerary changes due to the newly enforced speeds. Holland America Line, Norwegian Cruise Line, Oceania Cruises, Regent Seven Seas Cruises and Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines are all affected.
Silversea, Seabourn, Princess and Cunard are still reviewing the new restrictions but have not as of yet made changes or decisions.
Due to the amount of deaths caused by cruise ships, the low population reduced by 2 to 3 percent over the past 12 months.
In this area alone is 20 percent of the world population of Whales, so it is very important to make changes now before it is too late.
Asking cruise lines to join in helping make this change is a great step to take and will hopefully raise more awareness to Wildlife danger.
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