Royal Caribbean pushed back line's planned entry into Cuba again, after not receiving permission to cruise there.
As originally announced by Royal Caribbean president and CEO Michael Bayley in May, the company had originally hoped to have its Empress of the Seas sailing itineraries in Cuba out of Miami by late July. Royal Caribbean had announced only Caribbean sailings for the ship through June.
When in the early part of summer permission was not forthcoming, the line opened 2 more months of 4- and 5-night Caribbean cruises. Currently Royal Caribbean has opened bookings for Empress of the Seas Caribbean sailings through the end of October.
Carnival's Fathom is the only line sailing to Cuba, but Ponant and Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic have received permission from the country to begin sailing to the island late 2016 or 2017. Pearl Seas and Victory Cruise Lines are selling Cuba voyages, but have not yet received approval.