First American Cruise Visits Cuba
Adonia Fathom, the cruise from Carnival, arrived today to Cuba, in a 7 days course that will include the cities of Havana, Cienfuegos and Santiago de Cuba. It is the first time after 50 years that an American cruise will reach Cuban port, something that was limited by the US trade embargo on the island.
The cruise departure was marked by a lot of controversy about a regulation that existed in Cuba, which prevented its citizens from entering the country by sea. This cloud cleared as soon as the Cuban government decided to continue to remove restrictions and allowed Cubans to normally entry, a turn that took analysts by surprise, but it was the only coherent response to be expected from the Cuban government given its recent years change in policy.
The ship, where there are about 700 people traveling, has become a symbol of the changes that govern the new era in relations between Cuba and the United States. Around 9:00 am, when it made his entry into the capital, hundreds of people gathered to welcome around the Malecon of Havana.
Right now other companies such as Norwegian Cruise Line and Royal Caribbean Cruises are already negotiating with Cuba to launch routes to the island from the United States. The prognosis is that could get to be 150 cruises sailing to the island by 2017, which could mean a gross income of about 300 million for companies, and close to 100 million to Cuba.