Apparently Cuba won’t let Cuban-Americans travel to Cuba even after President Obama’s historic visit to the island
Carnival is taking cruises to Cuba, but is banning Cuban Americans from going. You can't make this stuff up.https://t.co/tiYjbU2Dwd
— Sydney North (@sydneynorth14) April 8, 2016
An excerpt from the Miami Herald:
After the agent said that my deposit was due in 24 hours, I asked the usual consumer questions: What happens if there’s a hurricane? I’ll get my money back or be rebooked. Finally, we get around to the passport. When I tell her it says I was born in Cuba, she asked me to hold. She returned to read me a statement from the legal department: “Current Cuban law prohibits Cuban-born individuals from entering Cuba via ship or other sea vessel, regardless of U.S. citizenship status. For that reason, at the present time, Fathom cannot accommodate Cuban-born individuals.”
Just like that, my booking was canceled.
Carnival spokesman Roger Frizzell tells me that the cruise line is “just following the laws that have been set up. We have requested a change in policy, which has not yet been granted, but our hope and intention is that we can travel with everybody. We will continue to have conversations [with Cuba] and that’s the process we would work through.”
I ask him if Carnival would have been willing to take cruise ships to South Africa during the apartheid era and not carry black people because that was the law.
What garbage. Christians in the U.S. are literally getting fined and having their lives ruined because they won’t bake cakes, but we’re supposed to put up with this?
— Marc Caputo (@MarcACaputo) April 8, 2016
And where’s President Obama and Secretary Kerry?
Carnival cruise to Cuba discriminates https://t.co/Z4ICPXStH8
— Nick Kramarev (@NickKramarev) April 8, 2016
Here they are… Everyone raise your hands if you’re cool with discrimination!
— Jorge Gonzalez (@BeaverforBernie) April 7, 2016