Carnival Cruises to send first ship from US to Cuba for over 50 years after agreeing deal with Castro’s government

  • Cruise line will send its 704-passenger MV Adonia to Cuba on May 1
  • Will be three approved stops: Havana, Cienfuegos and Santiago de Cuba
  • Carnival CEO says there is pent-up demand among Americans for trip 

Carnival will make the first cruise from the US to Cuba in more than 50 years after it agreed a deal with the Cuban government. 

The cruise line will send its 704-passenger MV Adonia to Cuba through its new brand Fathom starting on May 1.

Carnival, in hailing its ‘historic inaugural sailing’, said it will be the first cruise line to sail that itinerary.

Carnival got official approval to send its first cruise ship to Cuba from the United States in half a century

Carnival got official approval to send its first cruise ship to Cuba from the United States in half a century

US President Barack Obama is visiting Cuba and President Raul Castro as diplomatic relations between the two countries have improved

US President Barack Obama is visiting Cuba and President Raul Castro as diplomatic relations between the two countries have improved

Cuban authorities have now followed Washington in giving the green light to run the service, sailing from Miami to Cuba, where it will have three approved stops: Havana, Cienfuegos and Santiago de Cuba.

‘We are excited about Cuban approval and are ready to take travelers there through an extraordinary guest experience on the beautiful MV Adonia,’ said Carnival CEO Arnold Donald.

‘This is a historic opportunity, and we know there is pent-up demand among Americans who want to experience Cuba.’

Obama takes a tour of Havana as he becomes the first President to set foot in Cuba for nine decades

Obama takes a tour of Havana as he becomes the first President to set foot in Cuba for nine decades

Since US sanctions regulations currently only allow Americans to visit Cuba on educational or social outreach grounds, not as normal tourists, the vessel offers Cuban-themed enrichment programming.

Seven-day itineraries, available at fathom.org, cost at least $1,800 (£1,260).

A majority of Americans back restoring diplomatic ties with communist-run Cuba, a poll found, just as Barack Obama met his counterpart Raul Castro in Havana.

Six in 10 Americans say restoring diplomacy with Cuba is mostly good for the US and 52 per cent approve of Obama’s handling of relations with the island, said a CBS News/New York Times poll.

However, there are more doubts over what impact it will have on Cuba politically, with half the respondents saying it will make no difference.







Courtesy: Daily Mail Online

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