But this news item from expertcruiser.com shows how we all will be contributing to the protection of right whales. If true, this cancellation will impact local business, large and small, in Rockland, Maine and by extension elsewhere along the east coast of the United States and Canada. How will this play out for the cruise ship industry as a whole? Or is there a resolution and someone is overreacting here?
Endangered whale species sinks cruise ship visit
Friday evening Rockland Maine officals were told that Royal Caribbean had to scrap plans to call on the port this summer. The cruise line stated that Grandeur of the Seas could not call on the city due to new federal restrictions that limits vessels to no greater than 10 knots (11.5 miles) per hour in seasonal management areas imposed to protect the North Atlantic right whale.
The seasonal management area restriction runs from March 1 through July 31. That protective area extends off Cape Cod and the cruise ship would have passed through it on the trip to Rockland. The average cruising speed for the Grandeur of the Seas is 22 knots. The restriction is not expected to have any impact on the still scheduled arrival of another Royal Caribbean vessel, Jewel of the Seas, which is scheduled to make a port call in Rockland on October 4.