The Trump administration’s new travel restrictions to Cuba ban cruise ship stops like this one Tuesday in which tourists took an auto tour of Havana. MIAMI -- The U.S. government's new restrictions on travel to Cuba will hit hardest at the cruise industry, taking away a new and increasingly popular destination at the start of the summer vacation season. Major cruise lines immediately dropped stops in Cuba from their itineraries and hastily rerouted ships to other destinations, including Mexico. Nearly 800,000 passengers already on cruises or booked for future trips were affected, according to the Cruise Lines International Association, an industry trade group. The restrictions also prohibit visits to Cuba by private yachts and fishing vessels. "The new rules effectively make it illegal to cruise to Cuba from the United States," the association said in its statement. "While this situation is completely beyond our control, we are genuinely sorry for all cruise line guests who … [Read more...] about Cuba travel ban slaps cruise lines
Norwegian cruise line
MIAMI — The Trump administration's new restrictions on travel to Cuba will hit hardest at the cruise industry, taking away a new and increasingly popular destination at the start of the critical summer vacation season. Major cruise lines immediately dropped stops in Cuba from their itineraries and hastily rerouted ships to other destinations including Mexico. Nearly 800,000 passengers already on cruises or booked for future trips were affected, according to the Cruise Lines International Association, an industry trade group. At docks in Florida and aboard ships at sea, frustrated travelers vented Wednesday over wrecked vacation plans. In New York, shares of cruise line companies fell in midday trading. "We have a ship full of disappointed and angry people," said Darcy Van Zijl of Cape Coral, Florida, who had planned to celebrate her 45th birthday with a cruise to Havana. The U.S. Commerce Department announced the new regulations Tuesday to take effect Wednesday. Cruise lines that … [Read more...] about Cuba restrictions hit cruise lines at the start of summer
Several people on a Norwegian Escape cruise ship headed to Florida were injured over the weekend by "a sudden, extreme gust of wind," the company said. Just before midnight on Sunday, the ship encountered a gust of about 100 knots, which is equivalent 115 miles per hour, Norwegian Cruise Line tweeted on Monday. One passenger, Michael Patterson, tweeted that the ship "titled" as it hit was hit by the wind. Photos he snapped and shared on his Twitter page showed chairs and debris scattered across the floor. Another image showed broken glass littered on the ground. The company said those injured received "immediate attention" and were treated by medical staff. It's not clear how many people were on the ship or how many were injured. The Norwegian Escape, which left New York on Sunday, was not damaged during the incident and "remains fully operational," the company said. The ship arrived at its first destination at Port Canaveral on Tuesday morning, a spokesperson for the company said. … [Read more...] about ‘Extreme gust of wind’ on Norwegian cruise ship injures several people
Five current or former cruise ship employees told Business Insider they did not like the food served to crew members. Some said it was difficult to consistently find food similar to what they would eat at home. Others described food of poor quality, like chicken with a rubber-like texture or sauteed fish heads. Norwegian Cruise Line, Holland America Line, Royal Caribbean Cruises, Costa Cruises, Cunard Line, Carnival Cruise Line, and the Cruise Lines International Association – a trade association for the cruise industry – did not respond to requests for comment. Working on a cruise ship often involves long hours and few, if any, days off for months at a time. But there are advantages unique to cruise ship jobs, like the elimination of time-consuming tasks like commuting, shopping for groceries, and cooking. That can be a major advantage to some workers, particularly those whose positions give them access to passenger dining areas. But those with lower-paying jobs, … [Read more...] about Cruise line workers reveal one of the biggest disadvantages of living on a cruise ship
SECTIONS Search E-edition Home Customer Service Site Information Contact Us About Us Herald Store RSS Feeds Special Sections Advertise Advertise with Us Media Kit Mobile Mobile Apps & eReaders Newsletters Social Facebook Twitter Google+ Instagram YouTube News Sections News South Florida Miami-Dade Broward Florida Keys Florida Politics Weird News Weather National & World Colombia National World Americas Cuba Guantánamo Haiti Venezuela Local Issues Crime Education Environment Health Care In Depth Issues & Ideas Traffic Sports Sections Sports Blogs & Columnists Pro & College Miami Dolphins Miami Heat Miami Marlins Florida Panthers College Sports University of Miami Florida International University of Florida Florida State University … [Read more...] about Cruise lines have a solution for a new clean fuel regulation. But is it the greenest option?