After Public Backlash, Cruise Line Opens Cuba Cruise Bookings to Everyone
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Starting in May, for the first time in over 50 years the Carnival
Corporation plans to sail a 704-passenger ship to Cuba every week
for a seven-day cruise stopping at places like Havana, Cienfuegos, and Santiago
de Cuba. Sounds beautiful, right? There
is only one catch – if you are Cuban born, you are unable to board this ship.
Prior to the vast amount of public critique and concern, it
appeared that the Carnival Corporation had aligned with the Cuban Government, a regime responsible for discriminatory acts against Cuban Americans. Recently, a
Cuban American, Maria de los Angela Torres who was told by Carnival that “current
Cuban law prohibits Cuban-born individuals from entering Cuba via ship or other
sea vessel, regardless of U.S. citizenship status. For that reason, at the
present time, Carnival cannot accommodate Cuban-born individuals.”
This has triggered immense public backlash – the question
of whether or not Carnival Corporation had violated the 1964 Civil Rights Act
almost immediately surfaced and a federal civil rights lawsuit was quickly
filed against Carnival’s cruise line. The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that foreign
flagged cruise ships were subject to federal statutes that prohibited
discrimination against U.S. citizens, meaning that Carnival was directly
violating American policies.
After much debate, the Carnival Corporation announced that
they would now allow anyone to book a cruise to Cuba, despite their previous
agreement with the Cuban government. If the Cuban government does not comply
with their recent requests regarding the approval of returning Cuban-born
citizens, Carnival will delay the start of their cruises.
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