On July 19th, Royal Caribbean International’s Serenade of the Seas sailed its first revenue cruise from the Port of Seattle for Alaska. This is the first revenue cruise for Alaska since September 2019 follow a test sailing conducted earlier in the month with volunteers. While the Serenade of the Seas will not clear the 95% vaccination threshold, the cruise line is still requiring passengers 16 and older to have been vaccinated. In August, it will require vaccines for passengers 12 and older. All crew members are fully vaccinated. Canada lifted its ban on cruise ships in November this year but BC ports will miss out on the 83 schedule cruise voyages scheduled this year from Seattle by seven major cruise lines.