Carnival to cruise into Cuba
Carnival Corporation, the world’s largest cruise company, recently announced that it will start offering “people-to-people-exchange” cruises to Cuba in 2016.
Since leisure travel to Cuba is currently still banned, U.S. travelers who qualify for one of 12 categories can now legally visit the country. One of the categories includes traveling for educational activities like people-to-people exchanges.
Carnival stated the new social impact fathom brand cruises will provide “cultural, artistic, faith-based and humanitarian exchanges between American and Cuban citizens.” Under this new brand, volunteer vacations to the Dominican Republic will also be offered next year.
The cruise company has gotten approval from the U.S. Treasury and U.S. Commerce departments and is now working to get approval from the Cuban government.
“We look forward to working with the Cuban authorities for their approval to help make the social, cultural and humanitarian exchanges between U.S. citizens and the people of Cuba a reality,” Arnold Donald, President and CEO of Carnival Corporation, said in a statement. “We know there is strong demand from travelers who want to immerse themselves in Cuban culture, so this is a historic opportunity for us to enable more people to experience Cuban society.”
Carnival is currently accepting reservations made through a travel agent, or online through fathomtravel.org or by calling 1-855-9fathom.