New travel ban prohibits cruises to Cuba

 Thursday, June 6, 2019


The Trump administration revised travel regulation to Cuba prohibits cruises which led companies to cancel the sailings.With immediate effect Cruise lines Royal Caribbean, Norwegian and Carnival Corporation will no longer sail to Cuba.


Just after the day the Trump administration banned cruises, private yatchs and fishing vessels from visiting Cuba the companies took the decision.Many travellers were left frustrated and confused mostly those currently en route to Havana.


An angry passenger took to twitter as he was upset with the stop in Cuba.



Around 800,000 bookings were affected by the new regulations which are scheduled or are already underway as per the Cruise Lines International Association.Under a license issued by the United States government the bookings were made permitting ‘people to people’ travel to Cuba. The new regulations has banned this category.


CLIA stated that the new rules makes it illegal to cruise to Cuba from the United States. The situation was beyond their control and CLIA apologized to all cruise lines guests who were looking forward to their previously booked itineraries to Cuba.Norwegian Sun cruise to the Bahamas rerouted itself and thanked guests for showing patience as they made the unexpected, last-minute change.



Vivian Ewart, the company’s senior vice president for passenger services, wrote a letter to the passengers on the Norwegian Sun that their shore excursions through Norweigan and visa fees would be refunded.


The passengers will get a 50 percent refund for the cruise and 50 percent credit towards a future cruise would be given to the passengers.


However, some guests were frustrated that as the letter did not specify clearly if the refund polcy will apply to other Norweigan cruises or just the Norweigan Sun.But Norwegian shared in a statement that it would be sharing information with passengers as soon as they get the additional details.



The Majesty of the Seas cruises by the Royal Carribbean was rerouted and Royal Caribbean mentioned in a statement that all 2019 sailings on the Majesty of the Seas and Empress of the Seas will have alternative ports in the Caribbean and guests will have the option of canceling for a full refund or keeping their bookings, but going to a new destination and receiving a 50 percent refund.

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