U.S. Virgin Islands Works With Cruise Lines After New Travel Ban to Cuba

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The U.S. Virgin Islands government reports it is working closely with the cruise lines to help them as they rework their itineraries following the U.S. government's renewed restrictions on travel to Cuba.

The State Department said the United States will discontinue allowing visits to Cuba via passenger and recreational vessels, including cruise ships and yachts.

According to the New York Times, cruises were the most popular means to get to the former vacation destination since 2016, when President Obama reinstated relations with the island. In 2019, from January 1 to April 30, more than 140,000 Americas traveled to Cuba by cruise.

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Recently, Royal Caribbean modified some of its itineraries in conjunction with the new regulations. Royal Caribbean said that it is creating alternate itineraries for 2020 sailings and that they will be unveiled to guests and travel agents as they become available. 

Joseph Boschulte, Commissioner of Tourism Designee, said that since news of the policy shift, the Ports of the Virgin Islands have offered inconvenienced cruise passengers the opportunity to visit the Territory, including the less-busy cruise destination of St. Croix.

Commissioner Designee Boschulte said the Ports of the Virgin Islands will look at the effects of the new policy and navigate solutions with cruise lines at next week's Florida-Caribbean Cruise Association's Platinum Associate Member Advisory Council Conference, taking place in St. Maarten.

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