French cruise line approved to sail Americans to Cuba next year

Published April 11, 2016

Luxury cruise line Ponant has been granted approval to bring Americans to Cuba starting early 2017.

The French cruise line is the second cruise company that has been given permission from the Cuban government in the past month. Carnival's Fathom--a new brand focused on voluntourism and cultural experiences--was granted permission March 21.

Unlike Fathom's excursions, which sail directly from the U.S., Ponant will fly guests from Miami to Havana, where they will board the intimate 64-passenger sailing yacht Le Ponant for seven- or eight-night itineraries, reports the Miami Herald.

"Ponant has been introducing Europeans to Cuba in the past and we are now delighted to offer Americans this enriching opportunity," said Navin Sawhney, CEO of the Americas for Ponant.

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