Group IST announces that its Cuba cruises are compliant with Trump's new policies

Posted: 10-Aug-17 09:06

Group IST (International Speciality Travel) has revealed that its people-to-people travel programmes to Cuba are complaint with President Trump’s new policies. The CEO of the group Michael Goren said that its itineraries which are operated by Variety Cruises, are moving “full steam ahead”. The cruises allow American residents to travel to Cuba under licenced tours.

Group IST announces that its Cuba cruises are compliant with Trump's new policies

Group IST (International Speciality Travel) has announced that its cruises to Cuba, which are operated with Variety Cruises, are complaint with the new policies enforced by President Trump. The group’s CEO Michael Goren said that the Cuba programmes are moving ahead, allowing U.S travellers to explore a variety of destinations in Cuba.

"We've been operating in Cuba for more than four years. We'll continue our programs, which use three of Variety Cruises' 50- to 72-passenger vessels that enable us to access ports and islands that large cruise lines cannot, such as the Isle of Youth, Maria La Gorda, Cayo Largo and Cienfuegos."

Explained Mr Goren.

Group IST operates the eight-day Sights and Sounds of Cuba and The Cuban Panorama itineraries for holidaymakers. The programmes both include visits to Havana, Trinidad and the tobacco farms in Vinales, as well as calls to Cuba’s smaller islands. The price includes flights and land transport, plus accommodation aboard the 17-cabin M/V Callisto vessel.

Holidaymakers will have the chance to see some of Cuba’s most historic and fascinating attractions, magnificent natural landscapes, and meet local Cubans and embrace the culture and cuisine. After being off limits for more than five decades following the travel and trade embargo, for many American travellers, it will be the first time they have visited the Caribbean island despite it being located just 90 miles from Florida.

Last year, President Obama announced that diplomatic relations had been resumed between the two nations, and plans were in place to commence travel and trade once again. The first scheduled commercial flight in 50 years took place last summer, and many American hotel groups have been planning new developments on the island.

Last month the new U.S President Donald Trump, revealed that he would be changing some of those policies approved by the Obama administration. As a result, Americans can no longer travel to Cuba individually and will instead have to travel to the island under licenced group travel programmes with tour operators and travel agents. Despite this setback, many companies are finding ways to continue to allow solo travellers to travel to the island via legitimate group programmes. 

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