What cruises go to Cuba?


Quick Answer

Fred Olsen Cruises, Thomson Cruise Line, Nobel Caledonia and Cuba Cruise all have cruises going to Cuba. However, the cruises leave from foreign ports, and American citizens are still restricted from traveling to the island except under specific conditions, as of October 2015. However, several cruise lines, including Globus, Haimark and Carnival Cruise Line's Fathom division, have announced cruises from American ports scheduled to begin in late 2015 and early 2016.

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Fred Olsen, Thomson and Nobel Caledonia all sail from the United Kingdom with multiple cruise options and ports of call in Cuba. Cuba Cruise is a Canadian company that sails the Celestyal Crystal on cruises to Cuba that can embark from either Havana, Cuba, or Montego Bay, Jamaica.

Globus is one of the largest American tour companies and plans to offer its Cuba cruises in conjunction with Cuba Cruise on the Celestyal Crystal. Haimark plans to package its trips with the United Caribbean Lines which is one of the ferry operations that has already received a license to travel to Cuba from the U.S. Treasury Department.

Current laws still prohibit Americans from being tourists in Cuba, which mean that they are not allowed to have free time while in the country. Many travelers get around this restriction by signing up for cultural exchanges and people-to-people programs through established organizers, including Road Scholar, Insight Cuba, and the Fund for Reconciliation and Development.

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