Meeting and incentive travel planners concerned about the President’s recent Cuba policy changes can rest assured: Cuba cruises – on ships both large and small – are good to go!
The first historic cruise from Miami to Cuba was just a year ago, and since then, many American citizens have visited the once-forbidden island by cruise ship to enjoy its natural beauty and participate in cultural exchange programs. Not surprising, it’s also a trending destination for incentive travel programs. And traveling to Cuba on a beautiful cruise ship is the best way to go!
Cruise Line Updates on Cuba Cruises
The cruise line does not anticipate any changes to Cuba itineraries, so groups can continue to visit Havana, Cuba during 4 & 5-night cruises on Empress of the Seas.
“Our guests are already enjoying curated people-to-people experiences under the approved categories of travel…Cruises to Cuba have been very popular with our guests and we look forward to continue sailing to this destination.”
Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings
(Norwegian Cruise Line, Oceania & Regent Seven Seas Cruises)
Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings stated that all three brands will continue their voyages and shore excursions, including the popular short cruises on Norwegian Sky.
“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 50 years.”
Carnival Corp (Carnival Cruises & Holland America Line)
Carnival Cruise Line plans Cuba cruises from Tampa this summer on Carnival Paradise and Holland America Line announced plans to visit Cuba in the fall, sailing from Fort Lauderdale.
“Carnival Corporation is pleased that the policy changes announced by the Trump administration will allow our ships to continue to sail to Cuba… 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.”
Pearl Seas Cruises
The small ship line will continue to offer voyages to Cuba on 100-passenger Pearl Mist.
“We’re pleased to offer Cuba cultural exchanges and continue our program of meaningful engagement with the people of Cuba under an approved form of travel.”
Victory Cruise Lines
The newest operator approved for Cuba service will offer travel to Cuba onboard the intimate (202 passengers) Victory 1.
“We are all-inclusive so we have total control over the tours ashore, their content, the way they are managed, the personal involvement of our tour leaders and all related issues of participation…it’s a win-win for the US and Cuba.”
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