Clipper vows to sail to Cuba after being acquired by German cruise company

Posted: 26-Jan-16 08:45

Yet another big US-based cruise company has joined the ever-growing list of cruise liners with plans to launch new routes between Florida and Havana. After recently being acquired by ferry and shipping German company FRS, the Seattle-based Clipper Navigation cruising company has announced its intention to expand services connecting the U.S. southernmost state of Florida to Cuba, subject to obtaining federal approval.

Clipper vows to sail to Cuba after being acquired by German cruise company

Last week during an official joint press release announcing the merger between Seattle-based cruise company, Clipper Navigation, and FRS, a ferry and shipping company from Germany, the newly formed company was eager to also take the opportunity to announce their plans to expand their routes with new services to Cuba, as well as an additional service linking Victoria and Vancouver.

Clipper, best known for their ferries between Seattle and Victoria B.C. added that their new route to Cuba is already in the planning and negotiation stages and would launch as soon as it received federal approval. No other details of the route have been revealed as of yet, such as which Florida port their new Cuba cruises would depart from.

Speaking on behalf of the company, CEO, founder and chairwoman of Clipper (who reportedly will remain in her position with minority ownership of the company) said how the company’s interest for Cuba came about during an official statement:

" When I went on a business trip with U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell to Cuba in 2002, it opened my eyes to the possibilities of a tourism industry between our two countries."

Further revealing more of their plans for their new cruise route to Cuba, Clipper is eager to show it will be differentiating itself from all of its competitors by offering cruise experiences to Cuba for all budgets.

" The new service will be targeted to a wide market that includes Americans, Canadians and Germans among others."

Thus Clipper becomes the eight cruise company (and the sixth from the US) to join the list of cruisers currently lining up to offer tourist cruise holidays in Cuba, which for US passengers is still off limits but as relations between Cuba and the northern neighbour continue to thaw, it is expected this could soon change and this last barrier would be completely eliminated.

The other seven cruise companies include five from the U.S., one from Puerto Rico and one from Spain. They have all received signals of approval from the Cuban side, but these depend on the steps Washington should take to make these cruises available to the ordinary American citizen. From the U.S. side, the interested cruise companies pending approval include: Baja Ferries, United Caribbean Lines, Havana Ferry Partners, Airline Brokers Co., International Port (all Florida-based) America Cruise Ferries from Puerto Rico and Balearia from Spain.

Note: Photo by Clipper Navigation, Inc.


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