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‘Prohibited tourism’: Miami judge deals major blow to cruise companies that traveled to Cuba

Empress of the Seas arriving Havana, Cuba, for the first time April 23, 2017  (Photo credit: Caribbean News)In a consequential ruling Monday night, a Miami federal judge said four major cruise lines with South Florida ties — Carnival, Norwegian, Royal Caribbean and MSC Cruises — engaged in “prohibited tourism” and “trafficking activities” by carrying passengers to Cuba and profiting from the use of Havana port facilities confiscated by the Fidel Castro-led government, the first decision of its kind that could affect similar lawsuits. (more…)

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FTI’s Berlin Returns for Third Cuba Season

Cuba, Havana: Plaza de la Catedral de San Cristobal (Photo credit Gorupdebesanez at commons.wikimedia.org)FTI Cruises has announced its third Cuba cruise season for the Berlin, starting in January 2020. According to Ralph Schiller, FTI Group Managing Director, the Berlin will sail 11 weekly cruises from Havana around Cuba from January 4 through March 14, calling at Santiago de Cuba as well as Georgetown and Montego Bay. (cruiseindustrynews.com)

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Change of plans for Tampa travelers who were supposed to cruise to Cuba

Change of plans for Cuba (Fox13news.com)

Hundreds of passengers arrived at Port Tampa Bay Saturday to board the Carnival Paradise. The cruise ship was originally scheduled to dock in Havana, Cuba, but has since been given a new itinerary. Many passengers were unhappy with this last-minute change, as it was a dream vacation they had been planning for over a year. (fox13news.com)

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Cruisers Affected By Cuba Cancellations Weigh In on Compensation, Best Options

Cuba, Havana: Plaza de la Catedral de San Cristobal (Photo credit Gorupdebesanez at commons.wikimedia.org)Cruisers’ bucket-list dreams of visiting Cuba were put on hold this week when the U.S. government revealed new travel restrictions that prevent cruise ships from taking American citizens to the island nation. The changes were effective immediately. Cruise lines have since been scrambling to reroute ships due to call on Cuba this week and make alternative arrangements for future sailings — many of which had been scheduled more than a year in advance. (cruisecritic.com)

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Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) Statement on Cuba

Cruise Lines International Association - CLIA (logo)Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) issued the following statement on the U.S. Government’s new travel restrictions on Cuba: “Today, (June 5, 2019) the United States Government announced the immediate implementation of new regulations prohibiting previously approved cruise line travel to Cuba from the United States. Without warning, CLIA Cruise Line Members are forced to eliminate all Cuba destinations from itineraries effective immediately.” (more…)

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Cruises to Cuba Continue as Scheduled, Despite New Government Restrictions

Cuba, Havana: Plaza de la Catedral de San Cristobal (Photo credit Gorupdebesanez at commons.wikimedia.org)A recent wave of new government regulations regarding travel to Cuba led many to question how cruises to the island nation might be affected. In the three weeks since the April 17 announcement, little clarity has been provided by the U.S. government pertaining to how the policies would (or wouldn’t) affect the cruise industry. Reports of unprecedented lawsuits against Carnival Cruise Line for using ‘seized’ terminal facilities in Havana also have elevated concerns about the future of Cuba cruises. (cruisecritic.com)

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Virgin Finalizes Cuba Deal

Virgin figurehead lady  (Courtesy Virgin Voyages)Virgin Voyages president and CEO Tom McAlpin and Diana Block-Garcia, vice president of destination, itinerary and revenue, were joined by La Habana Cruise Port officials yesterday (April 2) for a ceremonial celebration of the formalization of Virgin Voyages’ contract to sail to Cuba in 2020, according to a press release. (cruiseindustrynews.com)

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Silversea launches a new collection of voyages to Cuba

Cuba, Havana: Plaza de la Catedral de San Cristobal (Photo credit Gorupdebesanez at commons.wikimedia.org)Silversea has launched a new collection of voyages to Cuba, enabling guests of all nationalities to discover the remarkable destination. Departing for Cuba from the United States for the first time in the cruise line’s history, the 17 voyages will unlock authentic experiences for Silversea’s guests, showcasing the best of the country through immersive land excursions in various destinations. (more…)

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Countdown Begins to MSC Armonia’s First Cruise from Miami to Cuba

MSC ArmoniaToday (Oct. 11) officially marks the 60-day countdown until MSC Cruises introduces MSC Armonia to Miami for the first time. Beginning December 10, 2018, MSC Armonia will offer unique 7-night Caribbean sailings departing from Miami and calling Montego Bay, Jamaica; Georgetown, Cayman Islands; and Cozumel, Mexico before arriving in Havana, the Cuban capital, on Saturday and staying overnight to Sunday.

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Ponant Announces Return to Cuba in Winter 2019

The sailing yacht Le Ponant (Ponant Cruises)Ponant has announced its return to Cuba for a second season with a sailing scheduled to run from January 25 to February 3, 2019. Guests who book early can save up to 30 percent resulting in fares that start at $7,980 per person and include airfare from Miami as well as two pre-cruise nights in Havana at a hotel. (travelagentcentral.com)

Carnival Cruise Line to Offer New Cruises to Cuba From Miami in 2019

Carnival SensationCarnival Cruise Line will offer 17 new sailings to Cuba aboard Carnival Sensation in 2019. The five-day Cuba voyages will be the line’s first to operate round-trip from Miami and feature a day-long call in Havana as well as stops at popular Caribbean and Bahamian ports, including Grand Turk, Grand Cayman, Nassau, and the private destinations of Half Moon Cay and Princess Cays. (more…)

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Regent Seven Seas Cruises is adding more visits to Cuba on two itineraries in 2019 and 2020

Cuba, Havana: Plaza de la Catedral de San Cristobal (Photo credit Gorupdebesanez at commons.wikimedia.org)As the only North American luxury cruise line to be granted permission to offer voyages to Cuba, Regent Seven Seas Cruises is adding more visits to the Caribbean island on two itineraries in 2019 and 2020. Seven Seas Mariner will offer the line’s first immersive Cuba itinerary on her October 15, 2019 voyage, calling on Havana, Cienfuegos and Santiago de Cuba, providing guests more opportunities to engage in group, people-to-people activities intended to enhance contact with the Cuban people, and to immerse in the island’s culture. (more…)

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Norwegian Cruise Line Announces New Cuba and The Caribbean Itineraries from Miami

The Norwegian SunNorwegian Cruise Line opened for sale the line’s brand-new cruises to Cuba and the Caribbean aboard Norwegian Sun round trip from Miami, Florida. For a limited season this fall, Norwegian Sun will offer cruisers a chance to discover the rich history of Cuba and explore some of the brand’s most popular tropical destinations in just one journey on seven, nine and 13-day cruises. (more…)