Thursday, May 26, 2016

Royal Caribbean still waiting on Cuba

Royal Caribbean still waiting on Cuba
By Rebecca Tobin / May 25, 2016

Royal Caribbean International said that the cruise line is still in the
process of obtaining permission to sail to Cuba, and would likely use
the Empress of the Seas for Cuba voyages.
"Obviously, we're looking forward to being able to sail to Cuba, and
we're in the process of talking to various authorities ... to get the
various permissions that are required," Royal Caribbean International
CEO Michael Bayley told reporters at a press conference on the new
Harmony of the Seas last weekend.
As for when? "Tomorrow would be good," Bayley said. "But we're waiting
for the approvals."
The Empress is scheduled to operate short Caribbean cruises from Miami
through the end of July. "So we wouldn't be going [to Cuba] until the
end of July, beginning of August, assuming we get permission from the
Cuban government."
The 1,602-passenger Empress, which previously sailed for Spanish cruise
line Pullmantur, is in drydock through the end of May.
Carnival Corp. began sailing to Cuba in early May via its Fathom brand.
Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings has also expressed interest in Cuba,
possibly using an Oceania Cruises ship.

Source: Royal Caribbean still waiting on Cuba: Travel Weekly -

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