Cruise lines had to discard all trips to Cuba. This happened the next day after another dramatic move from the Trump administration that has terminated permission for cruise travel from the U.S to Cuba.
According to Carnival Cruise Line, travelers on the Carnival Sensation trip on the 3rd of June will be redirected to Cozumel instead of Havana on the 6th of June. Royal Caribbean International stated that trips to Cuba that began on the 4th and 5th of June will also be redirected elsewhere. The Norwegian Sun of the Norwegian Cruise Line was set to arrive in Havana on the 5th of June, but has now been redirected to Nassau. The Norwegian Cruise Line said, “We are so sorry for this very last-minute change. We had no prior notice and were therefore unable to plan accordingly.”
The Cruise Lines International Association said that the Cuba policy had an impact on more than 800,000 bookings. “All these bookings had been made under a general license previously issued by the United States government that authorized ‘people to people’ travel to Cuba,” said in a CLIA statement. “The new rules effectively make it illegal to cruise to Cuba from the United States. While this situation is completely beyond our control, we are genuinely sorry for all cruise line guests who were looking forward to their previously booked itineraries to Cuba.”
Carnival Cruise Line recompensed travelers on the Sensation cruise with the option of $100 on-board credit. The cruise line said, “We recognize Havana is a unique destination and may have been the reason for the selection of this itinerary”. All Carnival customers with Cuba bookings get to choose between the $100 on-board credit, $50 on-board credit with an itinerary shift, or they can cancel the trip and receive a complete refund.