Posted by: cruise2 | 3 September, 2012

Star Clippers To Cruise Cuba

by Kevin Griffin writing for cybercruises.com

Over the years, as Carnival Corp & plc and Royal Caribbean Cruises have expanded into Europe by acquisition, a number of Cuban cruise programmes have had to be shut down when they purchased Iberocruceros and Pullmantur.

Star Clippers, however, is European-controlled and has just announced a programme of eight Cuba cruises in the winter of 2014 on board its 170-passenger Star Flyer. This will be an expansion of its already existing winter cruise programme in the Caribbean, which has been based on Barbados and St Maarten.

Star Flyer will operate four Cuban itineraries — in February and March — ranging from six nights to 14 nights in duration. The line’s Cuban base port will be Cienfuegos, which will see positioning cruises at the opening and end of the programme and one 6-night and five 7-night cruises round trip from Cienfuegos.

“Cuba represents an exciting new destination both for our first-time guests and our many repeat clients,” said Star Clippers president, Mikael Krafft. “As well as offering spectacular history, culture and architecture, the island’s coast is ideal for sailing, with many beautiful anchorages and uninhabited beaches and cays.”

The Cuban cruises cannot be sold to US citizens or residents due to the embargo which prohibits travel to Cuba unless under restricted circumstances. While Europeans, Canadians and South Americans will be able to book these cruises, present US laws will mean that US sales agents will not be able to sell this programme.

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