Carnival Sails to Cuba for the First Time
The Carnival Paradise sailed to Cuba on Saturday, July 1, 2017, making it Carnival Cruise Line's first ship to ever dock there. The Paradise departed Tampa, Florida, on June 29, 2017, for a four night cruise, including one port of call, Havana, Cuba (overnight stay). She will make twelve more stops in Cuba between now and May of 2018. These itineraries are four to five nights, and include stops in the ports of Cozumel, Mexico, and Key West, Florida.
Carnival is late in joining rivals Norwegian Cruise Line and Royal Caribbean, who started sailing to Cuba back in April and May of this year. These cruise lines began planning cruises more than a year ago, after the Obama Administration loosened the rules about traveling to Cuba. President Trump recently changed these rules earlier in June, but they do not affect cruises to Cuba.
Cuba cruises are designed to offer "people-to-people" exchanges between passengers and Cubans. Cruise lines must limit the activities that passengers are allowed to do in Cuba, in order to follow U.S. rules that allow them to sail to Havana.
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