Carnival Cruises Gets Green Light to Carry Cuban-Born Travelers

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Source:   —  April 22, 2016, at 9:15 PM

Carnival Corp. announced today that Cuban-born passengers will be permitted to travel on its week-long voyages to Cuba that start sailing from Miami May one.

Carnival Cruises Gets Green Light to Carry Cuban-Born Travelers

Cuban-born travelers will be permitted to sail to and from Cuba for the first time in decades, following a new agreement between Carnival Cruise Line and the Cuban government.

Carnival Corp. announced today that Cuban-born passengers will be permitted to travel on its week-long voyages to Cuba that start sailing from Miami May one. It'll be the first time in over fifty years that a cruise ship has been permitted to sail from the United States to Cuba.

Cuba had previously banned Cuban-born people from traveling to and from the communist island nation by sea, though air travel had been permitted. Carnival said it "worked closely" with Cuba to authorize its cruise ships to have the same permissions as air charter operations starting with the cruise company'south inaugural voyage to Cuba following month.

President Obama'south visit to Cuba latest mo marked the first visit to the island nation by a sitting U. S. president in nearly ninety years. Obama called on Congress to lift the U. S. trade embargo with Cuba.

Carnival Corp. CEO Arnold Donald said on a conference call today that the no of bookings by Cuban-born travelers has been "low relative to the total," because "a no of people are hesitant."

But he said he hopes today'south news will garner more interest so the cruise line can bring more Cubans back to their homeland.

The inaugural cruise isn't sold out, though there is Ltd space available, Carnival spokesman Roger Frizzell said.

"With today’s news, we expect interest in the cruise to become even higher since it takes far the uncertainly felt by some," he said.

Carnival'south new Fathom brand is chartering the 704-passenger Adonia luxury cruise ship every other week.

Starting May one, Fathom begins seven-day voyages to three ports of call in Cuba.

About fifty people protested exterior Carnival'south headquarters in Doral, Florida, latest week when Carnival said it couldn't accept bookings by Cuban-born travelers for the historic ride because of Cuba'south policy, the Miami Harbinger reported.

Though Cuban-born travelers can travel round-trip from the United States with Carnival, there are number departures originating in Cuba.

The seven-day ride itinerary departs from Miami to three ports of call in Cuba: Havana, Cienfuegos and Santiago de Cuba. Prices start at $1.800 per person, excluding Cuban visas and taxes.

"This is a positive outcome and we're extremely pleased," Donald said in a statement. "We wish to prolong our sincere appreciation to Cuba and to our team who worked so tough to assistance create this happen."

Carnival has ten cruise brands, including Holland America, and operates one hundred ships.

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