Carnival Cruise Line will continue with cruises to Cuba despite the State Department travel warning last week.
The company said in a statement that while members and relatives of U.S. diplomatic corps had suffered illnesses, none of the over 475,000 other Americans who visit Cuba in 2017 have reported "similar health issues related to their visits".
Carnival guests’ visas remain valid for Cuba travel. There will be no issues with passengers’ returns to the U.S. The State Department advisory doesn't prohibit Americans from traveling to Cuba, the line noted.
Last week the State Department issued new travel warning for Cuba, citing sonic attacks against State Department employees which have led to hearing loss, headache, dizziness, fatigue, difficulty sleeping, cognitive issues. The attacks occurred both in hotels frequented by U.S. citizens and diplomatic residences.
Because the State Department was not able to identify the source of these attacks, it ordered the departure of all nonemergency U.S. government employees and their families. As a result, the embassy is limited to providing emergency assistance only to United States' travelers.