Thursday, December 8, 2016

Cuba as a Port of Call

Until now, most of the talk about cruising to Cuba has been about cruising to Cuba: Taking a cruise that goes to Cuba and seeing Cuba. The assumption has been that once you see Cuba you come home. The single option that has been out there so far, Fathom, has sailed from Miami to three Cuban ports and then returned to Miami.

Yesterday, Oceania's program was one of several approved by the Cuban government, and today they detailed it publicly and opened it for sale. Oceania is the first US-based line to treat Cuba as simply a port of call like they do any other Caribbean port.

Details appeared in the December 8 edition of Cruise News Daily. 

Holland America Talks Turkey

Holland America Line has made the decision to cancel all port calls in Turkey through 2017.

The move follows a similar announcement by Cunard & P&O Cruises, also owned by Carnival Corp.

While the European-based brands attributed much of their decision based on advisories of the British Foreign Office and US Department of State, Holland America attributed their decision to “guest preferences for alternate ports.”

The complete story appeared in the December 8 edition of Cruise News Daily.

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Everybody to Cuba

This morning, the government in Cuba approved programs to the island by three NCLH brands and two RCCL brands.

Even though these limited programs are the beginning of changing the game in the Caribbean, Cuba didn't fling the doors wide open, and the US rules are still in place.

The complete story appeared in the December 7 edition of Cruise News Daily. 

Updated 3:48pm
Both Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd and Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings announced this afternoon they have received approval from the Cuban government to begin cruises to the country from the US.

NCLH says their Oceania brand will be the first to call on Cuba with Marina on March 7. Seven Seas Mariner of their Regent band will be next with two cruises in April 2017. Norwegian Sky will follow up with a selection of four-day cruises that will overnight in Havana in May.

RCCL said their Royal Caribbean International and Azamara Club Cruises brands will operate cruises from Florida to Cuba. The company said details will be announced soon.

The cruise itineraries will comply with U.S. Department of Treasury rules that permit travel companies to transport approved travelers to Cuba to engage in people-to-people activities as defined by the U.S. Department of Commerce, Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC).

Details will appear in today's edition of Cruise News Daily. 

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Another Year without Turkey

Cunard said today there will be no Turkey on Thanksgiving in 2017 - and no Turkey any other day of the year on any of their ships. The line has again canceled all calls to all Turkish ports in 2017 due to safety concerns.

Sister line P&O agreed and did likewise.

The complete story appeared in the December 6 edition of Cruise News Daily. 

Sticking with Tampa Bay

Carnival Corp brands will continue to operate from Port Tampa Bay for another five years. The port last week signed an agreement with the world's largest cruise company that covers their Carnival and Holland America brands to continue sailing from the Florida port through 2021.

The complete story appeared in the December 6 edition of Cruise News Daily.