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The first U.S. passenger cruise to Cuba in 50 years will happen in May


Carnival Cruises announced Monday the first U.S. cruise to Cuba in decades will be on May 1, 2016. The cruise company had announced plans to schedule trips to Cuba last year, but has only just received permission from the Cuban government. "We will be the first cruise line from the U.S. in over half a century to sail to Cuba," Carnival Corporation CEO Arnold Donald said. "This is a historic opportunity, and we know there is pent-up demand amongst Americans who want to experience Cuba." In Cuba, the cruises will stop at three ports, in Havana, Cienfuegos and Santiago de Cuba.

Chocolate-themed cruise to set sail in 2020

FOX News

Did you know that all cruise line ships have morgues aboard? Or that people can actually purchase a retirement property on a cruise ship? Take a look at some other fun facts that you may not have known. Straight out of every chocoholic's dreams comes a new eight-day Mediterranean cruise dedicated entirely to chocolate. The Eurochocolate Cruise, the product of a collaboration between Italian line Costa Cruises and the Eurochocolate Festival, the world's largest international event dedicated to all things chocolate, which takes place annually in Perugia, Italy--Umbria's largest and most cosmopolitan city.

The rising tide of themed cruises

BBC News

Show-stopping rock band Kiss was always going to go the extra - nautical - mile. Not content with filling stadiums around the world, and selling more than 100 million records, the face-painted, fire-breathing US hard rockers also have their own navy. Every autumn Kiss hires a huge cruise liner to sail around the Caribbean for a week with 2,300 of its diehard fans. This year will be their sixth voyage, or Kiss Kruise VI. The band performs two shows on the ship, and fans get to meet and hang out with the four bandmates.

Historic U.S.-Cuba cruise could be delayed over ticket sales to Cuban-born Americans

Los Angeles Times

Carnival Corp.'s new Fathom cruise brand has hit a bit of rough water. The company is poised to make history May 1 as the first cruise company in more than half a century to sail from the U.S. to Cuba. But the cruise line announced Monday that its inaugural people-to-people cruise may be postponed. In a statement, Carnival said it's in talks with the Cuban government to allow U.S. residents and citizens who were born in Cuba to take the Fathom cruise too -- a reversal of the company's prior stance. Cuban law prohibits Cuban-born Americans or Cuban-born U.S. residents to visit the island by sea, though they are allowed to visit on charter flights.

GM unveils a hands-free driving system that works in nearly all of the US and Canada


GM and Cadillac drivers have spent traveled than 10 million miles with their hands in their laps since General Motors introduced its Super Cruise driver assist system back in 2017. On Wednesday, the company unveiled its next-generation hands-free system -- one that GM claims will "ultimately enable hands-free driving in 95 percent of all driving scenarios" -- dubbed, Ultra Cruise. What sets Ultra Cruise apart from similar systems, such as Ford's BlueCruise, is that Ultra is designed to work virtually everywhere in the US and Canada. At launch, the system is expected to work on 2 million miles of North American roads -- that includes highways, city and subdivision streets, and paved rural roads -- and will eventually expand to encompass some 3.4 million miles of asphalt. If you've just bought a Super Cruise-enabled vehicle (or are planning to buy one of the 22 models GM will have available by 2023), don't worry, it's not going anywhere.