Cruise to Cuba: An easing of a travel restriction means there will be more cruises to Cuba
Going on a cruise to Cuba was a rare thing in the past.
But last year, former US President Barack Obama lifted the restrictions on travel to the island, which had been a “forbidden fruit” for much of the 20th century.
As a result, 2017 is about to see Pearl Seas Cruises, Norwegian Cruise Line and Royal International including Cuba on their cruise itineraries on a more regular basis.
And more cruise lines may also join the flotilla.
Cruise to Cuba: Pearl Seas Cruises, Norwegian Cruise Line and Royal International now stop in Cuba
Last year, Carnival Corp’s Fathom cruise ship became the first US line to stop on the Cuban shores legally in more than 40 years
Last year, Carnival Corp’s Fathom cruise ship became the first in the US to stop on the Cuban shores legally in more than 40 years.
And now the cruise firm is seeking permission for other Carnival brands to sail to Cuba from June.
They include Princess, Holland-America, P&O and Seabourn.
Meanwhile, this month Pearl Seas Cruises sets sail on its first cruise to stop in Cuba.
Cruise to Cuba: For 40 years travel to Cuba, particularly for US based firms, has been restricted
The 10-day luxury voyage made a stop at Havana along with four other Cuban ports.
Chief Executive of American and Pearl Seas cruise lines, Charles Robertson, told the Los Angles Times: “We cost a bit more, but our ship is smaller, newer and more intimate. It has larger staterooms and bigger verandas.
“That means we’ll be able to do things bigger ships can’t.”
The Pearl Seas cruise ship has a capacity of 200 people.
Cruise to Cuba: Visitors will now be able to get a taste of Suban culture
In April, Royal Caribbean International’s Empress of the Seas cruise ship will set sail from Miami and will stop in Havana.
The ship recently underwent a $50 million renovation.
Regardless of which tour operator or cruise line, trips to Cuba are required to follow certain requirements.
These include an educational “people to people” element, which will focus on the cultural aspects of Cuba.