US cruise sails to Cuba for first time in 50 years

WASHINGTON, May 1 (KUNA) — The flagship of Fathom, a cruise line dedicated to social impact travel, embarked on a historic trip on Sunday as it sailed from Miami, Florida, to Havana, Cuba, marking the first time a US cruise liner has traveled to the country in 50 years.
The 704-passenger Adonia cruise ship pulled out of the port in the afternoon and was accompanied by a large police force and the Coast Guard who were present in the water and in the air, CNBC reported.
Americans are still not permitted to visit Cuba as tourists unless they qualify for one of 12 exemptions such as being a part of a “people-to-people” or “cultural exchange” program.
Fathom is the newest brand in the Carnival Corporation which carries nearly 11 million passengers every year to ports around the world.
Passengers “will have free time and be able to go on your own a bit, so I’m not sure it will feel that different” from a full-fledged leisure cruise, Carnival CEO Arnold Donald told CNBC. (end)

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