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    Cuba will allow Cuban-born to arrive on Carnival cruise ship

    Cuba will allow Cuban-born to arrive on Carnival cruise ship

    Cuba is easing a long-standing ban on the Cuban-born returning to the
    island by sea
    Carnival had said they expected the change but was ready to delay May 1
    cruise if it didn’t happen
    BY DOUGLAS HANKS
    dhanks@miamiherald.com
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    Cuba is easing a long-standing ban on the Cuban-born returning to the
    island by sea, clearing the way for Carnival to launch a Miami-to-Havana
    route that was the subject of a national controversy when the company
    declined to sell tickets to Cuban-born Americans.

    CNN’s Havana bureau reported the news early Friday morning; Carnival
    Corp. issued a release confirming shortly thereafter. The reported
    change in Cuban policy constitutes a significant win for Carnival, which
    was forced to resume selling tickets to Cuban-born Americans amid a
    storm of controversy and a threat by Miami-Dade to block the Doral-based
    company from having access to its terminals at the county-owned PortMiami.

    When Carnival announced earlier this year it would be the first U.S.
    cruise company to return to Cuba, it made public its plans to comply
    with Cuban rules banning Cuban-born people from returning to the island
    by sea. (Cuban-born Americans have been the primary travelers to Cuba by
    air.) It did not become a controversy until Miami Herald columnist
    Fabiola Santiago railed against the policy when she tried to purchase a
    ticket and was turned down.

    Carnival relented and said it would resume selling tickets to Cuban-born
    Americans and would delay the cruise, slated to sail May 1, until Cuban
    policy changed. But Carnival executives also said they expected the
    Cuban government to change the policy before the cruise was set to
    launch. Carnival Corp., which owns the Carnival cruise line and other
    brands, is launching the cruise under its new fathom brand.

    It was unclear Friday morning how far Cuba was going with its change in
    policy, and whether the new rule would apply just to cruise ships or
    smaller vessels.

    Source: Cuba will allow Cuban-born to arrive on Carnival cruise ship |
    Miami Herald –
    www.miamiherald.com/news/local/community/miami-dade/article73281592.html

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