HAVANA, Oct. 4th Cruise lines insist Cuba is still safe to visit, despite a travel warning for the island nation issued by the US.
Carnival, Norwegian Cruise Line and Royal Caribbean will all continue their itineraries to Cuba.
It comes after the US warned tourists not to visit the country due to a spate of bizarre sonic attacks on its citizens.
The US State Department said: “Until the government of Cuba can ensure safety of our people, we will be reduced to emergency personnel so as to minimise the number of US government personnel at risk of exposure.
“Because our personnel’s safety is at risk and we are unable to identify the source of the attacks, we believe U.S. citizens may also be at risk and warn them not to travel to Cuba.”
An FBI investigation is underway to find out who is responsible for the dangerous sonic attacks.
Norwegian Cruise Line agreed that the attacks are isolated as no reported incidents have involved tourists.
It said in a statement: “We continue to believe that the best way to travel to Cuba is via cruise ship and look forward to continuing to offer our guests the opportunity to explore Cuba.”
Royal Caribbean issued a statement saying: “We are aware that U.S. State Department has published a travel warning for Cuba. Since the warning is due to the events that occurred in U.S. diplomatic residences and hotels frequented by U.S. citizens, we do not feel they pose a risk to our cruise passengers.
“Our guests explore Havana on escorted tours and do not visit hotels. We will continue to monitor the situation and will review any additional information that may be released.”