A number of cruise lines including Royal Caribbean, Carnival Cruise Line, and Virgin Voyages have canceled ports stops in Cuba due to the new travel restrictions set in place by the U.S. Government today.
Below are the statements released by cruise lines that have canceled port stops in Cuba.
Statement from Royal Caribbean:
“We are aware of the announcement and are analyzing the details to understand the impact on our itineraries. In the meantime, we are adjusting the itineraries of our June 5 and June 6 sailings, which will no longer stop in Cuba. We are communicating with our guests about those changes. We will provide other updates as needed.”
Statement from Virgin Voyages to travel agents:
“The U.S. government announced today that, effective tomorrow, new travel restrictions will be implemented that eliminate the ability of cruise ships to travel to Cuba. We’re disappointed to hear of the Administration’s decision to significantly restrict travel activity to Cuba.
If you have a Sailor booked on any of our sailings with a stop in Havana, we wanted to let you know we’ll be reaching out to them by email tomorrow. We’ll also send you a copy to keep you informed.
The entire Virgin Voyages Crew is working hard on changes to our Voyages, and we’ll be back in touch next week with full details of Havana’s replacement.
Our First Mates will be the first to know about any additional news or updates, and as always, we are here to answer any questions you have to best assist with you or your Sailor’s needs.
For sure this isn’t welcome news … for us either. We’re grateful for all the confidence and ❤️ you’ve been sending our way and we’re so happy to have you by our side as we redefine a holiday at sea.”
Statement from Carnival Cruise Line:
Guests currently aboard Carnival Sensation’s June 3rd sailing will be calling on Cozumel this Thursday instead of Havana. We recognize Havana is a unique destination and may have been the reason for the selection of this itinerary. Along with our apologies, guests will receive a $100 onboard credit posted to their Sail & Sign Account.
We are in the process of notifying our other guests of their new itineraries and their options, in the order of sailing date proximity. Mailings for sailings through the end of July 2019 are now in progress and include the following options:
- Remain on the sailing and receive a US$100.00, per person, onboard credit (no need to call us if you are continuing with your plans to sail with us)
- Move to another itinerary and receive a US$50.00, per person, onboard credit
- Cancel and receive a full refund
We are working as quickly as possible to secure alternative itineraries for the remainder of our Cuba voyages and expect to have information for sailings further out in the next 2-3 days. In the meantime, please check back on our website for further updates.
Cruise Fever will have the latest when other cruise lines issue statements regarding cruises to Cuba.