Cuba travel restrictions leave some American travelers in limbo

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“Why punish people that are on cruises? It’s not right, it’s not fair. It’s our choice to go and Trump has denied us our choice,” one traveler said.

When Alexis Henshaw and her husband planned their vacation for this year, they knew they wanted to visit Cuba. For them, it meant booking a cruise with a stop on the island.

“It was the entire reason we booked it,” Henshaw said. “It would be for our honeymoon with my husband.”

But within a few hours of sailing out of Florida on Tuesday, the couple’s plans came to a screeching halt.

The Trump administration this week placed new restrictions on travel to Cuba, including blocking cruise ship travel to the island. This decision meant the Henshaw’s trip was re-routed to Nassau, Bahamas. They had just sailed out of Key West, Florida, when ship officials announced the diversion.

“I had wanted to go to Cuba for a very long time, and it was important for me to do that legally,” said Henshaw, adding that she and her husband had planned the trip carefully.

The Henshaws are among many whose hopes to visit Cuba on cruises were dashed by the new rules that went into effect Tuesday. Since then, cruise lines have been left to figure out solutions for trips with excursions in Cuba.

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