In place of a new and exotic destination, travelers will find something much more predictable.
That’s the bottom line when it comes to the just-announced itineraries on the schedule at Virgin Voyages in the wake of the Trump Administration’s ban on cruises to Cuba.
Exactly a week after the announcement of the ban, the soon-to-debut line backed by Richard Branson’s Virgin Group said on Tuesday it would replace five-night sailings to Havana, Cuba, during its inaugural year with five-night trips to Cozumel, Mexico, the most-visited cruise port outside of Florida.
The poster child for megatourism in the cruise world, Cozumel draws more than 4 million cruisers a year, who arrive on more than 1,000 sailings. That’s many times more cruisers than have been visiting Cuba since it opened to US-based ships in 2016.
Virgin Voyages also revealed that four-night sailings to Havana that had been on the schedule are morphing into four-night trips to Key West, Florida — another relatively common cruise port with nowhere near the pizzazz of the Cuban capital.