It may well be the end of cruises to Cuba just six months after several cruise lines were finally given the green light to use this Caribbean destination a a port of call.
Fathom was the first cruise line to make history as the first to return to regular roundtrips between the US and Cuba, but has now made its final call on the island nation.
With news that President Donald Trump is expected to stem the tide of US tourism to Cuba with his plans to announce a new policy regarding the destination, there is a very real possibility that the end of a whole new travel era may be ending before it even had a chance to fully pick up steam.
Just over a week ago, Fathom’s Adonia returned to Miami, Florida, after visiting Havana, Cienfuegos and Santiago de Cuba, Cuba for the last time.
Instead of renewing the line’s license, Adonia is set to rejoin the P&O Cruises fleet after news that Carnival Corporation’s newest brand will be continuing only with ‘impact travel’ experience opportunities, instead of sustaining as a ship operator.
Historically though, Fathom and Adonia’s contribution to conveniently cruising Cuba is not all lost as back in May 2016, the brand was the first to re-open the route between Miami and Havana in over 50 years.
In the months following this, several cruise lines followed suit such as; Azamara Club Cruises, Oceania Cruises, Pearl Seas Cruises, Regent Seven Seas Cruises and Royal Caribbean International.
Both Carnival Cruise Line and Holland America Line are also scheduled to head there, picking up where Fathom left off for the Carnival Corp.
Cruisers wishing to make the most of the ban being lifted, however, should be aware that upcoming cruises to Cuba, as well as regularly running roundtrips, are likely to be on the chopping block if Trump’s new policy alters US citizens’ legal permissions to travel to the Caribbean stop.
Carnival, Holland America and even Viking Ocean Cruises may not have a chance to go at all this year if travel is shut down immediately.
Royal Caribbean recently committed that far out with its Empress of the Seas on a total of 28 additional sailings to Havana; Norwegian’s voyages to Cuba are now also in jeopardy.
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The Moment These Cruise Lines Were Given The Green Light For Cuba The kinds of experiences guests can expect will include trips to look at culture, history and art and activities that will “enhance contact with the Cuban people” and…// END - About the Author ?>