While the door is opening to Cuba, the election of Donald Trump and the fear that he might reimpose travel restrictions to the island nation may have resulted in the door swinging open even more.
Until recently, the Cuban government only allowed one U.S.-based cruise ship—the MV Adonia, which is part of the fathom line (and part of Carnival)—to sail to Cuba.
The authorities in Havana rushed to allow at least six more cruise brands to visit Cuban ports this year—and to get those agreements signed before Donald Trump took office.
Norwegian Cruise holdings received approvals for Norwegian Cruise Line, Regent Seven Seas Cruises, and Oceania Cruises to sail to Cuba.
Royal Caribbean received approvals for its ships as well as for its Azamara Club Cruises brand.
Until now, Cuba has only welcomed one ship every other week.
Starting in the next two months, at least six ships from the U.S. will be docking in Havana and other Cuban ports.
In fact, this has happened so quickly that some of the cruise lines have rearranged previously scheduled itineraries to substitute Cuba.
For more information about travel to Cuba, check out:
- What You Need to Know About Visiting Cuba Legally
- Common Myths About Cuba Travel Debunked
- Returning to Havana 57 Years Later
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