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Cruise Lines Will Keep Sailing to Cuba



When President Trump announced that he was going to be making changes with regards to America’s policies on Cuba, the cruise industry held its collective breath. After all, it was only a year ago that ships were once again able to travel between the United States and Cuba, and several lines — including Royal Caribbean, Carnival and Norwegian — had invested fairly heavily in the notion of Havana once again becoming a hot destination. Fortunately, it looks as if so far, any fears that plans would have to be scratched were unjustified.

Cuba Is Still A Major Draw

Norwegian Sky sails into Havana, Cuba – photo: NCL

Carnival Corporation is pleased that the policy changes announced by the Trump administration will allow our ships to continue to sail to Cuba,” the line said in a statement. “We will review the extent of the tightening of the travel rules, but our guests have already been traveling under the 12 approved forms of travel to Cuba since we undertook our historic first cruise to Cuba more than a year ago.”

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“We were very concerned about any potential changes,” admitted Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings in a statement, “given how popular Cuba itineraries have proven to be with our guests.” However, they were happy to report that “cruises to Cuba will continue under the new guidelines laid out by the administration. All of our cruises to, and shore excursions in, Cuba are in full compliance with regulations with [the new regulations].”

Likewise, Royal Caribbean took to Twitter to assure its customers that “there is no impact to any of our cruises to Cuba” as a result of the Trump administration’s changes.

Norwegian added that across the brands which fall under the corporate umbrella, they had “70,000 guests booked to sail to Cuba who would have been very disappointed if they were unable to experience the spectacular destination.”

Could More Changes Be Coming?

Of course, everyone in the industry will continue keeping an eye on the situation in the months to come. “We will work with the administration to comply with any changes… that will result from its decision,” Norwegian continued. Meanwhile, the American  Society of Travel Agents has been urging that all travel restrictions regarding Cuba should be lifted. In fact, they have lobbied actively in support of the Freedom to Travel To Cuba Act, a bundle of three bills which have been making its way through Congress since they were first introduced back in 2002.

Have concerns that a change in policy might lead to Cuba once again being off limits to cruises prevented you from planning a trip to the country?

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Québec, Canada Wants Wintertime Cruise Guests



With the increased demand for cruises to Canada and New England, and the growing trend of cold weather cruises, Québec tourism and port officials recently invited representatives from Adventure Canada, Huerten-Groten and Ponant cruise lines to partake in the first-ever winter familiarization trip to the region.

A ship docked in Québec City – photo: Flickr/Visavis

The group visited Québec from February 8-14, and explored Montréal, Trois-Rivères, Québec, and Saguenay. Activities in Québec included a tour of the port, a taste of the winter Carnaval, a visit to the city’s famed ice hotel “Hotel de Glace,” and urban discovery tours. There was also a trip to Montmorency Falls and the Valcartier Vacation Village, the largest winter playground in America. It has over 35 snow slides, skating paths, snow rafting, 5,000 inner tubes and 17 mechanical lifts, plus ice skating, tobogganing, dog sledding, ski-dooing, and ice fishing.

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Other wintery activities were shown to the group in presentations and discussions. Hôtel 71 in Old Québec City hosted the group during their stay and Chlorophylle, a local manufacturer of upmarket outdoor gear outfitted them in warm year.

For information on activities in Québec City, click here.

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Jeff Foxworthy to Headline 2019 Country Music Cruise



The Country Music Cruise has announced their lineup for the 2019 sailing, and it’s full of talented superstars. The 2019 Country Music Cruise will set sail from January 29 to February 3, 2019 aboard Holland America’s Nieuw Amsterdam. 

Television star, author, and one of the world’s best comedians Jeff Foxworthy is set to headline the voyage. The Country Music Cruise has sold out each of its first five years, and the 2019 sailing is already nearly 70 percent filled.

Jeff Foxworthy

Emceeing the sixth annual cruise will be television and radio host Lorianne Crook, and back by popular demand will be a special Grand Ole Opry at Sea performance event. The following artists will be performing on this special cruise:

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  • The Oak Ridge Boys
  • Patty Loveless
  • Ronnie Milsap
  • Ricky Skaggs
  • Joe Diffie
  • The Bellamy Brothers
  • Shenandoah
  • Jimmy Fortune
  • Johnny Lee
  • David Ball
  • TG Sheppard
  • Jeannie Seely
  • Wade Hayes
  • Chuck Mead and His Grassy Knoll Boys
  • Elvis Tribute Artists

Guests aboard the Country Music Cruise will have the opportunity to meet and mingle with the stars. In addition to over 50 live performances, cruises can mingle with their favorite artists at theme nights, panel discussions, cooking demonstrations, jam sessions, meet and greets, autograph sessions, and more. The cruise will depart from Fort Lauderdale and stop in Key West, St. Thomas, and Half Moon Cay. To book a cabin, visit

Read More: 5 First Impressions of Nieuw Amsterdam

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Carnival $49 Early Saver Deposits Return



Carnival Cruise Line is having a 48 hour Early Saver sale on sailings through April 2020. The sale will last until midnight Thursday, February 22, 2018. Deposits start at $49 and go up to $199 if you’re planning an Alaska or Europe cruise.

Carnival’s Price Protection Guarantee is also in place during this sale, which covers you if the cruise price drops.

Deposits Start at $49 

  • $49 per person deposit is applicable to 2 – 9 day sailings
  • $149 per person deposit is applicable to Vista and Horizon sailings
  • $199 per person is applicable to 10+ days, Alaska and Europe sailings
  • Search Reduced Deposits

Carnival will honor your request for price protection if the reduction on the total amount paid for your booking results only from a lower cruise fare and not from the booked ancillary services, such as air, transfers, pre-paid gratuities, or Taxes, Fees and Port Expenses.

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  • Book by Thursday, January 22
  • Early Saver rates include free room upgrades, $50 onboard credit, plus Free Price Protection
  • Deposits are non-refundable

Sailings available on most ships through April 2020, including Carnival Horizon, Carnival Vista, Carnival Liberty, Carnival Victory, Carnival Elation and more.

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