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Norwegian-Sun-300x225Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL) announced Monday that it will send a second ship to Cuba as of May 2018. The cruise operator plans to expand its lineup of Cuba voyages with new sailings out of Port Canaveral, Florida.

NCL started trips to Cuba in May 2017 with the 1,936-passenger Norwegian Sky, which offers an all-inclusive four-day itinerary from the Port of Miami. The second ship, Norwegian Sun, will sail from Port Canaveral and offer the same four-day itinerary with unlimited free drinks. Both ships will spend one night in Havana.

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Donald-Trump-at-Bay-of-Pigs-300x200President Donald Trump is to announce a plan on Friday to tighten U.S. policy toward Cuba by adding travel restrictions for Americans traveling to the island and banning U.S. companies from doing business with enterprises controlled by the Cuban military, White House officials said on Thursday.

Trump’s changes are intended to cut off cash flow to the Castro regime by banning business deals with the Armed Forces Business Enterprises Group (GAESA), a government-controlled conglomerate involved in all sectors of the Cuban economy, in an attempt to pressure Cuba’s leaders to allow the island’s private sector to grow. Exceptions will be made for sea and air travel, which means U.S. cruise lines and airlines serving the island won’t be affected by the directive.

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Cuban-Flags-Over-Balcony-300x212With President Donald Trump expected to announce his administration’s revised Cuba Policy in Miami this Friday, those for and against engagement with the island nation are scrambling to let the president—and even his daughter Ivanka—know their position.

The president has received several letters from dissidents, professors concerned that a revised policy could affect educational exchanges, U.S. senators, and various lobby groups and human rights organizations. Some were addressed to Ivanka Trump, including one from a group of over 50 Cuban female entrepreneurs urging her, businesswomen to businesswoman, to make sure the opening created by the previous administration isn’t closed.

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Donald-Trump-300x200President Donald Trump is expected to travel to Miami this Friday to unveil his administration’s revised U.S.-Cuba policy, the Miami Herald reports.

The location of the event has not yet been announced, but Miami has long been an enclave for Cuban exiles. Unveiling the policy changes there suggests that it’ll please the hardline Cuban-Americans whose support helped Trump win the Presidential vote in Florida.

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MS-Veendam-300x212Holland America is the latest American cruise line to receive approval for sailings to Cuba. The Seattle-based company received approval last week to call in Havana and Cienfuegos, a city on the island’s southern coast.

Holland America opened bookings last Friday and has scheduled voyages that pass through Cuba on its 1,350-passenger cruise ship, MS Veendam, from December to April 2018. The company will offer 7- to 12-day trips that start in Fort Lauderdale.

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Empress-Cuba-Arrival-300x200With the demand for travel to Cuba still high, Royal Caribbean International announced its intention to sail to the island nation throughout 2018.

The cruise line released a statement last week saying it was starting a year-long program to the island that includes 58 sailings from 2018 to March 2019. Almost half of the sailings will include overnight stays in Havana.

One of the cruise line’s biggest ships began sailing to the island from Tampa, Florida last month, and will continue those trips until November. For the winter season of 2017-2018, the ship will begin Miami-Cuba sailings that include stops in Key West and Mexico.

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Cuban-Migrants-at-Sea-300x206The Coast Guard announced that it did not intercept any vessel ferrying illegal Cuban immigrants to the U.S. in April, The Wall Street Journal reports. It was the first month without any such incidents in seven years.

Images of Cuban immigrants trying to reach the U.S. on dingy boats made of all kinds of materials have shocked people for decades, but no more. The dramatic drop in the number of Cubans attempting the journey is due in large part to new policies set by the Obama administration.

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Ileana-Ros-Lehtinen-300x148Miami Republican congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, the first Cuban-American ever elected to Congress, has announced her intention to retire at the end of her term in 2018, after 28 years in Congress.

“It’s been such a delight and a high honor to serve our community for so many years and help constituents every day of the week,” Ros-Lehtinen told The Miami Herald on Sunday. “We just said, ‘It’s time to take a new step.’”

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JetBlue-Cuba-300x143While several U.S. airlines have cut flights to Cuba because of weak demand, American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, and JetBlue Airways have all applied to the U.S. Department of Transportation requesting more flights to Havana.

American Airlines sent a request on Monday for an additional seven weekly flights. JetBlue also requested seven additional slots, including flights from Fort Lauderdale to Havana six times a week and a weekly flight from Boston to Havana on Saturdays. Delta made a similar request, seeking seven additional weekly flights to the island’s capital.

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Spirit-Airlines-300x108Spirit Airlines will officially end its flights to Havana from Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport in June, the Miramar-based carrier announced. It is the fifth U.S.-based airline to cut back flights to Cuba this year.

“Due to overcapacity and the additional costs associated with flying to Cuba, we don’t find it sustainable to continue this service while maintaining our commitment to pass along ultra-low fares to our customers,” Paul Berry, a spokesperson for the budget carrier, told the press.

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