Carnival Corporation announced this morning that it has received approval from the US Department of the Treasury and the US Department of Commerce to operate cruises to Cuba. Carnival plans to being cruises through the company’s recently unveiled Fathom purpose-travel brand in May 2016.
According to Carnival, the company “intends to operate fathom travel itineraries directly to Cuba for the purpose of providing cultural, artistic, faith-based and humanitarian exchanges between American and Cuban citizens. Authorized under current U.S.-to-Cuba travel guidelines, the new Cuban itineraries on fathom will strictly comply with U.S. Department of Treasury rules that allow licensed travel companies to transport approved travelers to Cuba to engage in activities that support the Cuban people. Carnival Corporation is in active discussions and plans to work with the appropriate authorities in Cuba so that Cuban approval is granted.” (Image courtesy of Carnival Corporation)
Fathom will alternate between the already announced Dominican itineraries and Cuba. Story developing. More details as soon as I have them.
-MJ, July 7, 2015