Carnival Corporation Granted U.S. Approval for Travel to Cuba

World’s largest travel and leisure company granted U.S. licenses to operate direct U.S.-to-Cuba travel for the purpose of providing cultural exchange


Company intends for fathom, its new purpose-travel brand, to begin full-week sailings to Cuba, beginning in May 2016, in addition to fathom’s full-week sailings to the Dominican Republic


MIAMI, July 7, 2015 — Carnival Corporation & plc (NYSE/LSE: CCL; NYSE: CUK), the world's largest travel and leisure company, today announced that the U.S. Department of the Treasury and the U.S. Department of Commerce granted approval for the company to begin travel to Cuba. Carnival Corporation intends to take travelers to Cuba beginning in May 2016 via its newly launched fathom brand – a new social impact travel brand providing purpose-oriented, social impact experiences, initially in the Dominican Republic.


Carnival Corporation intends to operate fathom travel itineraries directly to Cuba for the purpose of providing cultural, artistic, faith-based and humanitarian exchanges between American and Cuban citizens. Authorized under current U.S.-to-Cuba travel guidelines, the new Cuban itineraries on fathom will strictly comply with U.S. Department of Treasury rules that allow licensed travel companies to transport approved travelers to Cuba to engage in activities that support the Cuban people. Carnival Corporation is in active discussions and plans to work with the appropriate authorities in Cuba so that Cuban approval is granted.


Beginning in April 2016, fathom will embark on weekly seven-day voyages from Port Miami aboard the MV Adonia, a 710-passenger vessel redeployed from Carnival Corporation’s P&O Cruises (UK) brand. fathom’s first impact destination will be the northern region of the Dominican Republic, where Carnival Corporation’s new port of call, Amber Cove, will serve as home base.


Following the inaugural April month of voyages to the Dominican Republic, fathom intends to offer both Dominican and Cuban itineraries on a systematic and regular basis, giving travelers the opportunity to choose from two destinations and a range of activities from social impact in the Dominican Republic and educational and cultural exchanges in both countries designed to have a positive, transformative effect on the lives of the travelers.


“We are excited about receiving U.S. approval as the very important first step to ultimately take travelers to Cuba under the existing 12 criteria for authorized travel. We look forward to working with the Cuban authorities for their approval to help make the social, cultural and humanitarian exchanges between U.S. citizens and the people of Cuba a reality,” said Arnold Donald, President and CEO of Carnival Corporation. 


Tara Russell, president of fathom and global impact lead for Carnival Corporation, added: “We’re incredibly excited and humbled by this potential opportunity to help travelers experience the amazing beauty and culture of Cuba, while being able to provide educational and cultural exchange activities that will benefit both the traveler and the Cuban people."


Led by Russell’s strong background in social entrepreneurship, fathom seeks to develop lasting social impact partnerships that allow for meaningful personal enrichment of the traveler, while providing systematic, long-term educational, environmental and economic development benefits in its partner countries.


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Some Facts About Blacks in Cuba

  • During the Transatlantic Slave Trade, Cuba received twice as many African slaves than America, which led to the population of Afro-Cubans.  Blacks in Cuba have also migrated from other islands such as Haiti and Jamaica.
  • Slavery was fully abolished in Cuba on October 7, 1886.
  • Havana, the capital of Cuba, has the largest population of Blacks in Cuba.
  • One of Cubans most important legacies lies within the Santería religion, also known as Lukumí by most Cubans. The Santería religion was developed as a result of the African Diaspora.
  •  Music in Cuban was largely influenced by West African music.



  •  Popular Festivals in Havana, Cuba


Havana Jazz festival

Havana Carnival

  • The most popular Cuban artist is Afro-Cuban painter/sculpturer Manuel Mendive.  Mendive began his career in the early 1960s during a period when dominant Cuban Abstract Expressionism was waning.  This paved new ground by moving beyond the reliance on mainstream western art forms such as Cubism and Surrealism. He is also known for his street performances frequently held in Havana, Cuba titled Las Cabezas.  During Las Cabezas, Mendive moves through the streets of Cuba with close to 350 people dancing and wearing masks that resemble his paintings.




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