Monday, March 21, 2016

Look Out, Cuba! Here Come the Americans

Carnival Corp received approval today from the Cuban government for their Fathom brand to operate their proposed seven-day cruises from Miami to Cuba beginning the first week of May. The line had already received US approval some time ago. Fathom will be the first cruise line to sail from the US to Cuba in 50 years.

This isn’t the first time US citizens have been allowed to travel to Cuba in 50 years. Many US citizens have been going there in recent years, but it was limited to only certain categories of people who could legally travel there - those with family in Cuba, students on a school program, journalists, those on some sort of cultural program, and the like. With today’s approval of Fathom, now “Joe Anybody” can go.

While anyone (who has a couple thousand bucks) can now go, there are still restrictions on what you can do, or more precisely, what you have to do, and what you can’t do, while you are there. But even those have been streamlined or relaxed some since Fathom first proposed the cruises.

The complete story appeared in the March 21 edition of Cruise News Daily.