Following the White House’s move towards normalising relations with Cuba, speculation has been triggered among American cruise passengers who wish to travel to the exotic destination. However, they could have to wait several years before US cruise ships can to the Caribbean island.
But although US-based vessels won’t be visiting Cuba for the foreseeable future, cruise ships from Europe and Canada will call to the island, with around 200 expected visits during winter 2014-15.
However, if European and Canadian cruise lines choose to visit the Caribbean, they’ll have to face up to the consequences from the US by not being allowed to call at any American ports for a period of six months.
In a recent report that was released shortly after President Obama’s speech, Robin Farley – analyst of UBS Investment Research – noted that cruise lines would certainly benefit if Cuba opens for tourism.
Speaking about the news regarding the US and Cuba, Dugald Wells – president and chief executive of Cuba Cruise Lines – said: “We absolutely foresee an increase in bookings from international travelers who are drawn to Cuba‘s incredibly preserved culture, its mix of old and new world charm, and who want to experience the iconic country before it opens its doors any further.”
Do you hope the laws change, so more cruise lines visit Cuba?