Washington.- Carnival Corporation confirmed Wednesday in a joint press release with Prensa Latina that due to changes in U.S. policy, the company will no longer be allowed to sail to Cuba, a measure implemented with immediate effect.
#Carnival starts redirecting its cruises from #Cuba to other destinations after Trump administration gave it just a day to comply with a new ban on #USA cruises to the Caribbean's largest island. #USA tourism is only banned to two countries: Cuba and North Korea. https://t.co/3Rcix3S063— Sarah Marsh (@reuterssarah) 5 de junio de 2019
In the statement, the company recalled that it was traveling to Cuba with the Carnival Cruise Line and Holland America Line, and that it had planned to begin sailing to that destination in November with the Seabourn Cruise Line.
Such companies, the information added, will provide additional details for the currently booked cruises.
Travel industry website reported that guests already aboard the Carnival Sensation, which began a two-day tour early this week, will travel Thursday to Cozumel, Mexico, rather than Havana as scheduled.
Happening now: the last US cruise ship is leaving Havana hours before new US ban on cruises goes into place. pic.twitter.com/1y2XQ5vlv8— Patrick Oppmann CNN (@CNN_Oppmann) 5 de junio de 2019
Official data show that in 2018, when Cuba had received 4.732 million foreign visitors, some 850,000 people arrived in the Caribbean country through the cruise ships, which became the form of travel most used by Americans to go to Cuba.
That route has been out of reach since Wednesday because the Trump administration decided to prohibit private and corporate airplanes, cruise ships, sailboats, fishing boats, and other aircraft and similar vessels from going to Cuba.
CLIA statement on Cuba: pic.twitter.com/9YRwzcIXsr— CLIA Global (@CLIAGlobal) 5 de junio de 2019
US MEASURES AGAINST CUBA AFFECT 800,000 BOOKINGS ON CRUISES
The International Association of Cruise Lines (CLIA) reported on Wednesday that travel limitations against Cuba affect almost 800,000 passenger bookings already planned or in progress, which were made under a general license previously issued by the Government which authorized people to travel to Cuba.
Washington D.C. is CLIA's headquarters, this commercial organization represents the largest cruise industry worldwide, which issued a statement on the decision of Donald Trump's Government to implement measures that restrict the activities of the sector in Cuba.
Trump's executive reported yesterday that as of this Wednesday, it prohibits group educational trips from people to people, recognized as the most used by Americans to visit Cuba.
In addition, the cruise routes banned, are the fastest-growing travel route among US citizens to go to that destination, since in the future they will not be able to go to Cuba in private and corporate planes, cruises, sailboats, fishing boats and other aircraft or similar vessels.
"Without prior notice, CLIA's cruise line members are forced to eliminate with immediate effect all destinations to Cuba off their itineraries," the association indicated.
We are disappointed that the cruise ships no longer operate in Cuba. While it is out of our control, we sincerely regret all the passengers' expectations for their previously booked itineraries, stated Adam Goldstein, president of CLIA.
Many cruises have been forced to remove Cuba from their destinations such as Carnival Corporation Company, Royal Caribbean and Norwegian Cruise Line vessel. The latter, Norwegian Sky was in Cuba when announcing the restrictions, thus it left Havana today, and the firm informed its clients that another of its boats destined for Havana was redirected to Nassau, Bahamas. (PL)