While there was initial fear that cruises to Cuba would no longer be allowed to continue, the reinstatement of certain Cuban travel restrictions will have little effect on cruises.
The three major cruise companies that have itineraries scheduled to visit Cuba all released statements which can we read below.
Sent to travel agents: “Today President Trump announced his administration’s new policy changes for U.S. citizens traveling to Cuba, and we are pleased to inform you that we don’t anticipate any changes to our Cuba itineraries. Your clients can expect to enjoy the immersive, unforgettable experience they’ve been looking forward to as we visit Havana, Cuba on their upcoming sailing onboard Empress of the Seas.
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Thank you for choosing Royal Caribbean for your clients’ upcoming vacation. We can’t wait to welcome them onboard.”
Norwegian Cruise Line
“Based on the information shared today, we are very pleased to learn the news that cruises to Cuba will continue under the new guidelines laid out by the Administration. All of our cruises to, and shore excursions in, Cuba are in full compliance with regulations set forth by the US Department of the Treasury, Office of Foreign Assets Control (“OFAC”), and we will work with the Administration to comply with any changes to those and any other regulations that will result from its decision. We are also pleased that education travel and travel that supports the Cuban people will continue.
We were very concerned about any potential changes, given how popular Cuba itineraries have proven to be with our guests, and we view this as a win for the cruise industry, our valued guests and travel partners. Across our three brands, there are 70,000 guests booked to sail to Cuba who would have been very disappointed if they were unable to experience this spectacular destination. We are delighted our guests will continue to have the opportunity to experience the wonderful culture and incredible history of Cuba along with the warmth and friendliness of the Cuban people through OFAC-compliant shore excursions that support private businesses and the Cuban people, an opportunity that was restricted for over fifty years. ”
“Carnival Corporation is pleased that the policy changes announced by the Trump administration will allow our ships to continue to sail to Cuba. We will review the extent of the tightening of the travel rules, but our guests have already been traveling under the 12 approved forms of travel to Cuba since we undertook our historic first cruise to Cuba more than a year ago.
Our experience in Cuba this past year has been extremely positive. We look forward to the new cruises being planned for Cuba with Carnival Cruise Line and Holland America Line. We also have requested approval for our other brands to travel to Cuba.
Travel brings people and cultures together, so we are excited about the upcoming cruises to Cuba for our guests.”