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Celestyal Cruises Pulls out of Cuba

The Celestyal Crystal (Courtesy of Celestyal Cruises)Celestyal Cruises is pulling out of Cuba for the rest of this year and next but will “keep the door open” for a return to the island in 2020. The Greek cruise line, which has based Celestyal Crystal in Havana seasonally for five years, will instead be concentrating on its core area — the Aegean. (cruisecritic.com)

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Cuba Received 380,000 Cruise Passengers In 2017

Carnival-Paradise arriving in HavanaCuba received more than 380,000 cruise passengers this year, with reopening of travel between the socialist-led island and the United States in May 2016 being credited for the surge. (telesurtv.net)

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New U.S. cruise ship docks in Cuba despite setback in ties

Cuba, Havana: Plaza de la Catedral de San Cristobal (Photo credit Gorupdebesanez at commons.wikimedia.org) (Click to enlarge)A new U.S. cruise docked Thursday here in its bid to promote Cuba as one of its most important destinations in the Caribbean despite a serious setback in bilateral ties. The ship “Veendam” of Holland America Line, one of U.S. firm Carnival Corporation’s brands, arrived in the Cuban capital with more than 1,600 passengers on board. (xinhuanet.com)

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Access Trips Launches Two New Cuba Shore Excursions

Cuba, Havana: Plaza de la Catedral de San Cristobal (Photo credit Gorupdebesanez at commons.wikimedia.org) (Click to enlarge)Access Trips, a tour operator that specializes in excursions in Havana, Cuba, has launched two, new curated experiences for clients looking for smaller, more exclusive Cuba shore excursions. (travelagentcentral.com)

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U.S. State Department Issues Cuba Travel Warning

The United States Department of State has issued a travel warning for Cuba. Statement: “Over the past several months, 21 U.S. Embassy employees have suffered a variety of injuries from attacks of an unknown nature. The affected individuals have exhibited a range of physical symptoms, including ear complaints, hearing loss, dizziness, headache, fatigue, cognitive issues, and difficulty sleeping. Investigators have been unable to determine who is responsible or what is causing these attacks”. (cruiseindustrynews.com)

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Victory Cruise Line Sails to Cuba

This winter, Victory Cruise Lines’ Victory I will begin a series of six cruises that will circumnavigate Cuba roundtrip from Port of Miami. The first cruise will depart February 8, 2018. (travelagentcentral.com)

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Carnival launches its Tampa to Havana cruise

Port Tampa Bay CEO Paul Anderson couldn’t stop himself from dancing Thursday as a band performed the mambo aboard the ship Carnival Paradise. It was a party, after all, a celebration of Carnival Cruise Line’s first-ever journey to Havana that would launch later that day. (tampabay.com)

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Trump Administration Set to Rollback Cuba Policy

May 2, 2016: Fathom's Adonia slipped through the channel into Havana Bay, Cuba (Photo credit Reuters/Alexandre Meneghini)U.S. cruise lines calling in Havana may soon be substituting ports as U.S. President Donald Trump is expected to make an announcement regarding the country’s position on its relationship with Cuba on Friday. (cruiseindustrynews.com)

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Former crew member writes a tell-all: “12 Hours in Havana: Build your perfect day in Cuba” is now available as an eBook on Amazon

In the cruise-lit world, the crew member nonfiction format rarely strays from the memoir. Greg Shapiro, who worked as a crew member for both Royal Caribbean and Fathom Travel, is breaking the mold with his new book “12 Hours in Havana: Build your perfect day in Cuba”. (more…)





Will low demand force cruise ships to stop sailing to Cuba?

Cuba, Havana: Plaza de la Catedral de San Cristobal (Photo credit Gorupdebesanez at commons.wikimedia.org)When commercial flights to Cuba began to rise, major cruise lines followed suit, creating itineraries to the communist island, but low demand forced flights to stay grounded. Now the question remains: Will cruises have to pull out of port as well? (local10.com)

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