First US-to-Cuba cruise ship in decades sets sail


MIAMI: The first US cruise ship bound for Cuba in half a century set sail from Florida on Sunday, marking a new milestone in the rapprochement between Washington and Havana. The Adonia, a vessel from the Carnival cruise’s Fathom line, raised its anchors and departed from Miami, the heart of the Cuban diaspora in the United States, around 4 p.m. (2000 GMT). The ship – with 700 passengers aboard – is scheduled to glide into the port of Havana on Monday, its first stop on the communist-run island. “To be a part of truly making history and preparing for an even more positive future for everyone is one of the greatest honors any company can have,” Carnival Corporation chief executive Arnold Donald said. The voyage is the first of what Carnival says will become weeklong cruises to Cuba twice a month, with the goal of promoting cultural exchange between the two countries following a warming of ties that began in Dec. 2014 and culminated last year with the restoration of full diplomatic ties.



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