Due to the U.S. travel ban to Cuba which went into force today Carnival Cruise Line has canceled all visits to the country.
Carnival Cruise Ships No Longer Sailing to Cuba
The Miami-based cruise line has been forced to cancel calls to Cuba after a new Government policy goes into effect. The policy includes no passenger vessels to sail to Cuba, you can read it right here.
Carnival Cruise Line posted the following on its web site:
The U.S. government has imposed a series of new sanctions on Cuba prohibiting travel via cruise ship and rescinding certain categories of authorized travel, which previously allowed U.S. citizens to visit Cuba under the People-to-People program. Effective immediately, cruise ship travel is no longer allowed and we are required to cancel our visit to Havana. We have replaced our call to Havana with a replacement port to provide our guests with the best experience ashore.
The cruise line went on to mention that Carnival Sensations’ current June 3 sailing from Miami, Florida is being changed. The Fantasy-class ship will now be sailing to Cozumel, Mexico instead of its originally scheduled call at Havana, Cuba on Thursday. Carnival is providing guests with a $100 credit added to their Sail & Sign accounts to spend onboard.
Guests booked on other upcoming sailings which include Cuba are being notified with alternative itineraries and providing options for them which are as follows:
• Remain on the sailing and receive a US$100.00, per person, onboard credit (no need to call us if you are continuing with your plans to sail with us)
• Move to another itinerary and receive a US$50.00, per person, onboard credit
• Cancel and receive a full refund
Royal Caribbean which is another major cruise line has also already canceled two calls to Cuba and further details about other cruises should be announced soon. Updates are also coming out from Virgin Voyages and Norwegian Cruise Line regarding the impact to its ships with the U.S. Cuba travel ban.