First Cruise In Decades To Communist Cuba From US Arrives In Havana

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A cruise ship with 700 passengers left Miami for Cuba Sunday and arrived Monday.

It’s the first cruise from a U.S. port to Cuba in decades.

The Adonia is operated by Carnival Corporation and is the first cruise to head over to Cuba from the U.S. since the embargo in 1960. Despite the U.S. having reestablished diplomatic ties with Cuba in December, 2014.

Due to pressure from the Cuban-American community – including a discrimination lawsuit from Cuban-Americans – Carnival delayed its planned cruise operations from the U.S. to Cuba until Cuba lifted the ban on Cuban sea travel which says Cubans can only enter the country by plane. The Communist island nation did away with the ban the week of April 25.

Only four of the 700 passengers were Cuban. According to CNN, the two Cuban-Americans who brought a lawsuit against Carnival  “were not on board the ship,” their lawyer, Javier Lopez, said “not because they don’t want to be but because the Cuban government requires people that were born in Cuba to jump through a whole bunch of other hurdles.”

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