Hope You Saw Cuba

dsc_0349Well, we knew it would be strange … but nobody could have imagined how strange.  Knowing the main current White House goal is to undo everything accomplished by Obama, apparently Trump is setting his sights on Cuba.  One might expect “back channel” negotiations for a a Trump Tower & Casino in Havana, but either that’s now off the table, or we are jockeying for a better negotiating position to get a better deal to “Make America Great” and Donald successful and wealthy.

So, you knew it was coming … 

The cruise industry’s quick growth and move into Cuba may be coming to an abrupt halt.  ABC reported that U.S. President Donald Trump and the current administration is “poised to roll back another of his predecessor’s signature accomplishments — the re-normalization of U.S. relations with Cuba, according to multiple congressional and advocacy organization sources with direct knowledge of the administration’s intentions.”

ABC said news would follow “sometime” in June.

“The proposed changes would increase regulations that would make it more difficult for corporations to make deals with Cuba and for Americans to continue to travel to the country,” ABC said.

Carnival Cruise Line, Royal Caribbean International, Holland America Line, Norwegian Cruise Line, Regent Seven Seas Cruises and Oceania Cruises all have significant capacity calling in Cuba aimed at the North America consumer.

Meanwhile, Celestyal Cruises and MSC Cruises both have a strong Cuba presence, but have a broader passenger sourcing base.

One can only hope this is “fake news.”