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Coronavirus bad news for cruises

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They’re a big business in the Atlantic region.

In 2019, Halifax was planning for 192 cruise ship visits and 320,000 passengers.

For 2020, the expected number of visits jumps to 198.

Saint John, N.B. is expecting 89 visits in 2020. St. John’s is expecting 24 of the vessels. Charlottetown’s looking at 93 port visits in 2020.

The cruise visits, municipal leaders insist, bring new money to the cities involved — and quickly. They’re the kind of tourism that might not float all boats, but it does serve to help certain segments of the tourism business, from taxis to local sight-seeing companies to some retail operations.

But the current coronavirus outbreak is showing an interesting side to cruise ships — and one that the industry itself........

© The Guardian