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Published on Thursday, June 6, 2019

MSC names ports to replace Havana


MSC Cruises has announced which ports will replace Havana following the US government's immediate ban on US cruise line's visiting Cuba.

It is offering Key West in Florida, Costa Maya in Mexico, George Town in the Cayman Island, or Cozumel in Mexico as alternatives.

Guests already on Armonia have been informed and they are being offering US$400 per cabin onboard credit. If the credit is not fully used during the cruise, MSC will refund the difference on check-out.

Any shore excursions in Havana that were pre-purchased, or which are included in the ticket, will be automatically refunded to the guest's onboard account, it said.

The cruise line is also giving passengers the option to change ship and itinerary, offering to waive its usual cancellation fees and transfer already paid funds to the new booking.

Other US cruise lines have also been forced to cancel trips to Cuba. They are expected to announce shortly which ports will replace Havana. CLIA estimates almost 800,000 passengers worldwide will be affected by the ban.

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