Cruise ship company launches Cuba itinerary

havana-live-cuba-cruiseHavana,19 Mar. The Canadia Cuba-Cruise Company, which organizes trips to the island, announced on Tuesday a new itinerary for the 2015-2016 season with a two-day stay in Havana.

Starting December 18 and up to March 21, 2016, the trips to Cuba will also include a stop-overs at the Maria la Gorda beach in western Pinar del Rio province, in south-central Cienfuegos province and in eastern Santiago de Cuba, according to the announcement.
As attractions to admire during those stop-overs, the company referred to heritage sites in Cienfuegos and Trinidad cities, scuba-diving in Pinar del Rio all accompanied with Cuban traditions, PL news agency reported.

Cruise line leaders have sights on Cuba

havana-live-port-miam Cuba-Cruise president Dugald Wells said that since they launched their entity in 2013 their clients have had outstanding experience on the island and that now they expect another exciting and successful season with visits to new destinations.

Cruise line leaders have sights on Cuba Cruise lines are looking to send their ships to Cuba as soon as general tourism is allowed, executives said Tuesday at the industry’s biggest annual convention in Miami Beach, Fla.
Travel to Cuba has been loosened under new U.S. regulations, but it remains limited to 12 approved categories, such as educational and religious activities, family visits and to participate in humanitarian projects among other qualified activities.

Advocates hope the new rules will lead to a lifting of the nation’s trade embargo against the Communist island. Leaders of the top cruise lines, participating in a panel moderated by CNN international business correspondent Richard Quest, all said they see Cuba as a future cruise destination.

Question asked: Are cruise operators really prepared for when the island opens up legally? “Once the rules allow us to go legally, once the embargo is lifted, which is the main restriction … yes, we’re ready,” said Frank Del Rio, president and CEO of Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd., parent company of cruise lines Norwegian, Oceania and Regent Seven Seas Cruises.

“And I would bet that all of us in this town are ready to move at a drop of a hat.” Arnold Donald, president and CEO of Carnival Corp. & PLC, which has nine cruise brands including Carnival Cruise Line, Holland America Line, Princess Cruises and Seabourn, said, “Certainly we have plans, and when the embargo is lifted, we’ll be there.”