Cuba welcomed during the first half of this year 53,748 cruise passengers, 40,751 more than in the same period of 2015, informed Tourism Minister Manuel Marrero.
Speaking to ACN, Marrero emphasized the positive outcome of this tourist modality in the new scenario, when the influx of international visitor arrivals to the country keeps growing.
He highlighted the favorable impact of the arrival of cruise ships small and medium size of different nations, mainly the MSC Opera and the Adonia, of Carnival Company, the first of the U.S. to anchor in a Cuban port in 50 years.
The U.S. Cruise Ship Company Royal Caribbean said it could be sailing to Cuba as soon as July.
During a press conference on board Royal Caribbean’s new cruise liner Harmony of the Seas, Chief Executive Officer Michael Bayley said the company is just waiting on approval from Cuban authorities to start up regular sailings.
Earlier this month, cruise industry giant Carnival Corp. became the first American cruise line company to sail from the U.S. to Cuba. Small-ship line Ponant is said to have also received approval for trips from the USA to Cuba, but it does not plan to start sailing until 2017.
(Radio Havana Cuba)