Updated: Jun 6, 2019
The US Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) has announced that the People -To- People category allowing US Citizens to travel to Cuba is ending today, June 4 2019. This provision allowed US cruise ships to stop in Cuba ports. For those who have already booked all or part of their trip, the OFAC is allowing a “grandfathering” provision that will allow certain people-to-people travel groups to continue as long as at least one qualifying travel related transaction has taken place prior to June 5 2019.
”In accordance with the newly announced changes to non-family travel to Cuba, OFAC is amending the regulations to remove the authorization for group people-to-people educational travel. OFAC’s regulatory changes include a “grandfathering” provision, which provides that certain group people-to-people educational travel that previously was authorized will continue to be authorized where the traveler had already completed at least one travel-related transaction (such as purchasing a flight or reserving accommodation) prior to June 5, 2019. “
If you have an upcoming trip to Cuba already booked, you should contact the supplier and ask if your trip can still proceed under the new OFAC rules and restrictions.
UPDATE: As of June 5 2019, cruise lines have ended all calls to Cuba and are modifying upcoming sailings to include alternate ports of call.
Norwegian Cruise Lines is offering two options for their guests booked to Cuba through September 2, 2019:
Sail the revised itinerary receive a 50% refund of the cruise fare paid as well as a 50% future cruise credit valid through December 31, 2020.
Cancel the booking and receive a full refund. If guests choose this option, NCL must be notified no later than June 11, 2019, midnight EST.
NCL Cuba sailings on Norwegian Sky and Norwegian Sun beyond September 2, 2019 will be automatically be cancelled and refunded. Those impacted by these cancellations will receive a 20% discount on future sailings booked by Aug 5, 2019 and sailing no later than December 31 2020.
Royal Caribbean is offering those impacted with these options: