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What cruises go from Miami to Cuba?

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As of September 2015, no cruises go from Miami to Cuba. Carnival Corp has received authorization from the United States government to offer cruises from Miami to Cuba as part of cultural exchange programs. The company plans to start the cruises in May 2016, notes the Miami Herald.

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As of 2015, the U.S. and Cuba has restored diplomatic relations; however, U.S. citizens are banned from traveling to Cuba as tourists. There are 12 different categories in which Americans can legally travel to Cuba, such as to participate in educational activities, professional, athletic events, humanitarian project or music concert. The Carnival Corp cruises to Cuba are allowed because they will offer cultural immersion classes and volunteer work under its "fathom" brand of cruises.

Carnival Corp plans to use the 710-passenger MV Adonia ship for the Miami to Cuba cruises. There are no onboard shows or casinos. Instead, passengers can take part in Cuban art workshops and courses on Cuban heritage and the Spanish language. The cruise will run for seven days with a stop in Havana and two other locations, as of 2015. Passengers will have to certify that they are traveling under one of the allowed categories before taking one the cruise.

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