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Appears it depends on the cruise line:

NOtifications...

Carnival : https://www.carnival.com/travel-alerts.aspx?live=57690ee6-fc2a-1074-3767-1dc8ab7c5540

Royal: https://www.royalcaribbean.com/faq/questions/does-the-june-4-statement-impact-cruises-to-cuba

NCL: No linked page just a dropdown on the home page w/ the current statement "CUBA TRAVEL POLICY UPDATE June 4, 2019 Today, the U.S. government announced new travel restrictions to Cuba. We are closely monitoring these recent developments and any resulting impact to cruise travel to Cuba. We will communicate to our guests and travel partners as additional information becomes available."

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The thought occurs, none of the big lines are willing to run afoul of the President...you may find a lot of them cancelling cruises anyway...

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Sometimes I amaze myself....Look at it this way...some folks will cancel because they don't like "not knowing"...some folks will cancel because they want to "hear and obey", some folks might want to go because, well...they want to go and don't care what comes out of DC,,,either way, it politicizes cruising, and Id bet real money the bean counters worked into the night and decided there might not be enough warm bodies left to fill the ships....that and its not nice to fool with the man at this moment in history and sail there ...

So HAVANA is worth $100 to CARNIVAL...and so far nada to RC...heheheheh

This is supposed to be about cruising...a luxury item...at least it is to me...I don't do politics or religion at sea...and not on land either....cyber on the other hand...well....

And more importantly, thanks for that update SARA, and you too MARYRED you're earning your pay this week!!!

Quick call to Royal Caribbean International this morning, we were told "They do not have any answers yet. Today at 6pm, EST, they will have resolutions." Fingers crossed my 50th won't be spoiled by our country's leader.

Well I hope something as important as your 50th won't be spoiled by a change in itinerary and somebody's political agenda.... It'll only be spoiled if you let it...get squinty eyed and make a decision. good luck!

RC has ONLY cancelled this week's port stops to Cuba so far. My call to RCI stated a decision will be made at 6pm EST for further trips (like mine in July).

The way I read it, the ships cannot travel to Cuba from the US. So it should be OK to start your trip from Canada or Mexico as long as you don't stop in the US. Or, is the restriction on ANY US based cruise line? I realise there is a separate issue of Visas being issued for US citizens, but I thought visa's were issued by the country you are visiting, not the country of citizenship.

I'm wounding the same thing. Have been looking into it but could only find one for 36 days, way to long for me.

I spoke with someone at MSC and was told Cuba destinations are canceled and will be replaced with other destinations. I guess there will be other options. I read the message from Royal Caribbean some of what they're offering are:

BOOKINGS WITHIN FINAL PAYMENT DATE

A refund of 50% per stateroom, credited to your clients' onboard accounts. This amount will be based on their total cruise fare, excluding any taxes and fees.

They'll also receive a refund for any pre-paid shore excursions in Cuba purchased from Royal Caribbean as a credit to their onboard account.

BOOKINGS OUTSIDE FINAL PAYMENT DATE

A 50% fare reduction per stateroom, excluding any taxes and fees. This amount will be discounted off of your clients' current cruise fare and will be reflected on their reservation by Wednesday, June 12th, 2019. For reservations already paid in full, your clients will automatically receive a refund for any overpayment. They will see this refunded to their credit card by June 19th, 2019. Please know times may vary depending on their financial institution. If they haven't yet paid in full, their remaining balance will be based on this 50% cruise fare reduction.

GUESTS WHO WISH TO CANCEL

While we hope your clients choose to stay, if they decide not to sail with us, we'll provide them with a full refund of any paid portion of their cruise fare to the original form of payment, including any non-refundable deposits, both for bookings inside and outside of final payment date.

Sound like they are all saying by 6pm. All I know is I'm going somewhere for my vacation, where TBDHappy

The restriction is not only on vessels originating from the USA but on US citizens (harking back on the way it was under the old embargo). As for Visas in the USA when you can not apply directly at a country's consulate your Visa application goes through the US Dept. of State (even if your TA, cruise line, or 3rs party company facilitates it). Generally under the old embargo, ships that leave from Canada or South America with Cuba as a port of call excludes citizens of any county on the no-go list from booking that cruise to start with. The few USA citizens that hold dual citizenship for a country that is allowed to visit Cuba MAY be able to book under their alternate passport if they apply for the VISA from the country that does allow travel there.

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