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First Major U.S. Cruise Company Begins Sailing to Cuba

Havana, March 10 (RHC-Xinhua) -- Oceania Cruises on Thursday became the first major U.S. cruise company to make a port call in Havana, after more than half a century of being barred from the Cuba destination by U.S. policy.

"Oceania Cruises made history when its ship, Marina, pulled into Sierra Maestra cruise terminal in Havana, Cuba, carrying 1,250 guests," the company said in a statement.

On board for this historic occasion were Bob Binder, the co-founder and CEO of Oceania Cruises, and Frank Del Rio, the company's Cuban-born founder and CEO of Oceania's parent company Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings.

Accompanied by Cuban tourism officials, the visitors enjoyed a ceremony marking the event.

The U.S. economic, financial and commercial blockade against Cuba remains in place. But a relaxation of some travel restrictions has allowed for the restoration of regular flights and cruises.

 

Edited by Pavel Jacomino
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