Carnival expects Cuba to allow Cuban-Americans on inaugural cruise
London Fri, Apr 15, 2016 11:39 AM EDT
HAVANA, April 15 (Reuters) – Cruise company Carnival Corporation
believes Cuba will soon modify rules that bar Cuban-Americans from
travelling on its planned cruises to the island, the company said on
Friday, after pressure mounted for the trip to be postponed.
Carnival is due to become the first U.S. cruise company to sail directly
to Cuba in more than half a century on May 1, but the exclusion of
Cuban-Americans has prompted a lawsuit against the company and protests
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Thursday that Carnival “needs
to not discriminate” and called on Cuba to change the policy.
Asked whether Carnival was considering cancelling the trip, spokesman
Roger Frizzell said the company was confident Cuba would change its
rules before the sailing date.
“We continue to believe that Cuba will modify its regulation before we
sail on May 1 based on our ongoing discussions with Cuban officials,”
Frizzell said, citing rules that allow Cuban-Americans to visit Cuba by
air as an example.
Cuban-born Americans cannot visit the island by sea, due to a Cuban law
that dates to the Cold War era, and therefore are barred from joining in
Carnival’s sailing to the island.
(Reporting by Frank Jack Daniel; Editing by Mary Milliken)
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