Virgin Voyages is launching new travel itineraries due to President Donald Trump’s travel ban on Cuba, which impacted the remaining week.
After Trump’s journey ban on the island kingdom, the cruise line was pressured to reconfigure their travel locations and itineraries. The inaugural crusing and many subsequent voyages had been scheduled to have a “Havana After Dark” component.
New itineraries will include Cozumel and Playa Del Carmen in Mexico, Key West, Florida, Bimini inside the Bahamas, and the Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico.
“Virgin Voyages will now offer voyages to Riviera Maya sailings to Cozumel/Playa Del Carmen, Mexico; Fire and Sunset Soirées together with a sunset departure from Key West and a middle of the night departure from Bimini; and unique seven-night sailings for the 2020 excursion season together with the all-new Holidaze and Nights and New Year’s Ahoy voyages, which fall over the Christmas and New Year’s vacations respectively, and characteristic stops in Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic and overdue-night time sail aways in each Bimini, Bahamas and San Juan, Puerto Rico,” the cruise line launched in a statement Tuesday.
President Trump’s tour ban on Cuba went into effect last Wednesday, making it so the U.S. will not permit instructional and cultural journeys there, except for those trips that have been booked before June 5, in keeping with a declaration released with the aid of the Treasury Department.
Also covered inside the Cuba journey ban are cruises, fishing ships, and personal yachts, forcing Virgin Voyages to reroute their cruise line itineraries someplace else inside the Caribbean.
Cruise traces were most effectively prevented in Cuba in 2016 when former President Obama eliminated tour restrictions. Now, simply three years later, Americans are banned from traveling to Cuba once more.
“Cuba continues to play a destabilizing role inside the Western Hemisphere, providing a communist foothold in the place and propping up U.S. Adversaries in locations like Venezuela and Nicaragua by way of fomenting instability, undermining the rule of regulation, and suppressing democratic tactics,” Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin stated in an assertion acquired using the New York Times.
Also beginning in 2020 is Virgin Voyage’s newly-announced Scarlet Squad software, “an initiative devoted to bridging the gender gap in management roles across the maritime industry, wherein girls represent much less than three percent of the group of workers,” consistent with a declaration obtained using PEOPLE.
Captain Wendy Williams could be taking the helm of the Scarlet Lady in the Spring of 2020, becoming the first Canadian girl to captain a delivery for a main cruise line.