The ship was not capable of head to Cuba due to an announcement Tuesday by the Trump administration.
Malcolm Denemark, FLORIDA TODAY

Passengers aboard the Norwegian Solar have been dissatisfied, however not completely shocked, to seek out their ship rerouted from Cuba to the Bahamas Wednesday after new journey restrictions to the island nation have been put in place final week. 

Hundreds aboard the Norwegian Solar debarked at Port Canaveral in Florida early Friday after the brand new coverage rerouted the ship. No rely was instantly given on what number of have been aboard on the time, however the ship sometimes sails with 2,700. 

Some vacationers, who didn’t wish to be named, mentioned they knew precisely what the announcement can be when the captain began talking Tuesday. Many knew journey restrictions to Cuba could possibly be carried out however have been shocked by the suddenness.

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Most have been pleased with how Norwegian Cruise Line dealt with the state of affairs, no matter their disappointment within the coverage’s results. 

Passengers got 50% off their journey and 50% towards a future journey. Clients who purchased tickets on future Cuban cruises will be capable to get a full refund from Norwegian. 


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Many passengers, like Daniel and Heather Davenport from Georgia, had been excited to go to Cuba, however mentioned they loved their time within the Bahamas.

“We’re dissatisfied. We came upon the night earlier than, once we have been on the boat in Key West,” mentioned Daniel Davenport.

“However the cruise line did make it proper, in order that’s good,” mentioned Heather Davenport. 

Bryant Akers remained upbeat, whereas sporting a memento Cuba T-shirt as he and his spouse carried baggage by means of the terminal Friday morning. Like many passengers, he would not touch upon the politics behind the journey ban.

“It’s what it’s. Possibly sooner or later we’ll get the possibility to return to Cuba, however for now, we loved the Bahamas,” Akers mentioned.  


Video: The Norwegian Solar was the primary passenger ship from Port Canaveral to go to Cuba after journey to the nation opened in Might 2016 underneath President Obama’s administration.
Malcolm Denemark, FLORIDA TODAY

About 800,000 travelers around the country have been affected by the Trump administration’s ban on cruises, yachts and fishing vessels touring to Cuba when the brand new coverage was implement Tuesday. 

The brand new ban reverses a 2016 coverage by then-President Obama designed to melt relations between america and Cuba, marking the primary time in over 50 years Individuals have been allowed to journey on to the nation lower than 200 miles from Key West. 

In an announcement issued Thursday, Norwegian Cruise Line officers mentioned they “have ceased all calls to the nation, and are modifying beforehand scheduled sailings as acceptable. We share our visitors’ disappointment and frustration brought on by this surprising change.”

Norwegian Cruise Line passengers booked on cruises to Cuba by means of Sept. 2 can have two choices:

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  • Sail the revised itinerary, and obtain a 50% refund of the fare paid, in addition to a 50% credit score on a future cruise, legitimate by means of Dec. 31, 2020.
  • Cancel the reserving and obtain a full refund. If visitors select this selection, the cruise line should be notified by June 11.

Sailings after Sept. 2 will probably be canceled routinely, and refunds will probably be utilized to the unique type of fee. Clients impacted by these cancellations will probably be supplied a 20% low cost off present cruise fares on any new voyages booked by Aug. 5 for sailings no later than Dec. 31, 2020.

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