Cuba Travel Update – 6/5/2019 – 8:30 AM PDT
Carnival Corporation confirmed today that due to changes in U.S. policy, the company will no longer be permitted to sail to Cuba effective immediately. Currently, Carnival Corporation is sailing to Cuba on Carnival Cruise Line and Holland America Line, and Seabourn has been scheduled to begin sailing in November to Cuba. Additional details for currently booked cruises will be provided directly to booked guests and their travel advisors by the end of today. We appreciate guest patience while we work to confirm new special pricing and replacement ports of call. Finalized details will be provided on or before June 15.
We are sorry that our guests’ vacation plans have been altered by this unexpected change but hope that they will still join us for a memorable cruise in the Caribbean.
Our reservations and sales teams have no additional information, however the following number may be used should you have general questions regarding the recent announcement 1-800-577-1728 or 206-626-7395.
U.S. and international guests must follow certain U.S. regulations with respect to travel to Cuba. Learn more about the latest Cuba travel policy by reading our Q&A, checklist, and affidavit.
To travel to Cuba, you must have:
- Travel Affidavit (PDF) – This must be completed prior to embarkation.
- Cuba Issued Visa – For most guests a tourist visa will be required which Holland America will facilitate at the cost of $75 (this will be added to your onboard account). You will receive your visa at embarkation.
Havana (La Habana), Cuba
While most Americans have never been there, the word Havana still evokes images of candy-colored vintage cars; smiling musicians; and cigar-smoking and rum-sipping locals. Dive beneath the surface and you’ll find much more: world-class sports matches, historic sites and even a Chinatown. And while Havana may not be a global culinary capital, you can find delicious dishes in casual restaurants run out of private homes or in upscale spots with city and water views. As for shopping, you’ll be able to purchase souvenirs from photo books about Cuba to a hand-blended perfume in a bottle that is a throwback to another era.
As a port on Cuba’s southern coast, Cienfuegos has played an important role in the country’s history since it was founded in 1819, and it remains an important commercial center—a transit point for coffee, sugarcane and tobacco. The birthplace of famous Cubans such as singer Benny Moré and baseball stars José Abreu and Yasiel Puig, the city looms large in Cuban consciousness. It also boasts numerous attractions that give a fuller, more complex view of Cuban culture and history. This fact was recognized by UNESCO in 2005, when the historic center was added onto its World Heritage List.