Carnival Cruise Line to be the first cruise to sail to Cuba in 50 years

Cruises will start again as relations warm between the US and Cuba.

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The Independent US

It has been more than 50 years since a cruise ship sailing from the United States had Cuban ports on its itinerary, but that is set to change in May.

Carnival Cruise Line has announced that it will be sailing from Miami to Cuba on May 1, after the company reached an agreement with the Cuban government, Fox News reported.

This announcement comes about a month after the US and Cuba agreed to resume commercial flights between the two countries. US President Barack Obama has been in Cuba this week in an effort to further improve relations with the Caribbean nation.

"It's been an extraordinary day," said Carnival CEO Arnold Donald. "It's historic and exciting."

Carnival is reportedly launching a new brand, called Fathom, to travel to Cuba. Adonia, the 704-passenger ship that is currently the only one on the Fathom line, will stop at Havana, Cienfuegos and Santiago de Cuba. The Fathom line will offer educational activities and volunteer oportunities, Fox reported.

Prices for the cruise start at $1,800. More itineraries are expected to be announced in the future.

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