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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.


Carnival makes deal with Cuba to allow Cuba-born travelers to cruise

Mashable

When Carnival first announced it would begin cruises to Cuba on its Fathom brand, there was one hitch: Travelers who were born in Cuba would not be able to take the trip, since Cuban law bans them from entering and leaving the country by sea. That didn't sit well with many Cuban Americans, and even lead to a lawsuit in federal court in Miami. On Friday, however, Carnival announced that cruises to Cuba would begin May 1, as originally planned -- with everyone on board who wants to go. The cruise line successfully negotiated with the Cuban government to lift the ban for travelers on commercial vessels. "We made history in March, and we are a part of making history again today," said Carnival CEO Arnold Donald.


Liner leaves Miami on first such tourist cruise to Cuba in over half century

The Japan Times

MIAMI – Passengers set sail on Sunday from Miami on a historic cruise to Cuba, one that took decades of waiting. Carnival Corp.'s 704-passenger Adonia left port at 4:24 p.m., bound for Havana. Carnival's Cuba cruises, operating under its Fathom brand, will visit the ports of Havana, Cienfuegos and Santiago de Cuba on the seven-day outing. The cruise comes after Cuba loosened its policy banning Cuban-born people from arriving to the country by sea, a rule that threatened to stop the cruises from happening. Restarting the cruises was an important element of a bid by President Barack Obama's administration's to increase tourism to Cuba after the Dec. 17, 2014, decision to restore diplomatic relations and move toward normalization.


1st cruise from a US port in decades leaves Miami for Cuba

U.S. News

Passengers have set sail from Miami on a historic cruise to Cuba, the first in decades to depart from a U.S. seaport for the communist island nation. Carnival Corp.'s 704-passenger Adonia left port Sunday at 4:24 p.m., bound for Havana. Carnival's Cuba cruises, operating under its Fathom brand, will also visit the ports of Cienfuegos and Santiago de Cuba on the seven-day outing. Several Cuba-born passengers, among hundreds of others, were aboard, it said. The cruise comes after Cuba loosened its policy banning Cuban-born people from arriving to the country by sea, a rule that threatened to stop the cruises from happening.


First cruise from a U.S. port to Cuba in decades leaves Miami

Mashable

Passengers set sail on Sunday from Miami on an historic cruise to Cuba, one that took decades of waiting. Carnival Corp.'s 704-passenger Adonia left port at 4:24 p.m., bound for Havana. Carnival's Cuba cruises, operating under its Fathom brand, will visit the ports of Havana, Cienfuegos and Santiago de Cuba on the seven-day outing. The cruise comes after Cuba loosened its policy banning Cuban-born people from arriving to the country by sea, a rule that threatened to stop the cruises from happening. Restarting the cruises was an important element of a bid by President Barack Obama's administration's to increase tourism to Cuba after the Dec. 17, 2014, decision to restore diplomatic relations and move toward normalization.