Cruises said it will deploy its single ship on Cuban itineraries in the spring
of 2016, pending approvals from the U.S and Cuban governments.
210-passenger Pearl Mist will make a series of 7- to 10-night cultural voyages
roundtrip from South Florida, the company said. Visits
to Havana, Cienfuegos and
Santiago de Cuba will be incorporated into itineraries planned for both the
north and south coasts of Cuba.
Pearl Seas President Charles Robertson said the small coastal ship
will provide access to more of Cuba’s ports and regions than a larger
are delighted to play such an important role in the people-to-people program in
support of the Cuban people,” Robertson said in a statement.
Pearl Seas joins Haimark Line, which said it plans Cuban voyages from
Miami on its Saint Laurent ship beginning in February. Also next spring,
Carnival Corp.’s Fathom brand plans to launch cruises to Cuba.
Under current U.S rules, Americans can travel to Cuba only if engaged in
one of 12 specified purposeful travel activities.
Pearl Seas said its voyages are pending approval by the Office of
Foreign Assets Control of the U.S. Treasury, the Department of Commerce and the