What Cruise Ships Sail From Miami or New Orleans to Cuba?


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As of October 2015, no cruise ships sail to Cuba from either Miami, Florida or New Orleans, Louisiana. The United States government has given Carnival Corporation permission to establish cruises between Miami and Cuba as part of a learning and cultural immersion program. Carnival plans to begin the cruises in May 2016, as noted by MiamiHerald.com.

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While diplomatic relations between the United States and Cuba were reestablished in early 2015, Americans are still not allowed to travel to Cuba solely for tourism purposes as of October 2015. Citizens can travel to Cuba to participate in volunteer, business or educational activities.

Carnival plans to create the Fathom brand of cruises that offers cultural immersion and volunteer activities, which will allow the cruises to bring U.S. tourists to Cuba. The MV Adonia, the company's 710-passenger ship, will be used for these cruises, which are planned to last seven days and stop in three Cuban locations. While on board the ship, passengers can take classes on Cuban heritage, history and the Spanish language, and the cruise may also offer workshops on Cuban art.

To take part in the cruise, American passengers must show proof to the U.S. government that their trips meets one of the established reasons allowed for travel to Cuba.

The Carnival cruises will sail out of Miami. No cruises from New Orleans are planned as of 2015.

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