Pearl Seas plans cultural cruises to Cuba

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The Pearl Mist will sail to the north and south coasts of Cuba.
The Pearl Mist will sail to the north and south coasts of Cuba.

Pearl Seas 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.

The 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 vessel. 

“We 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 Cuban government.

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