U.S. cruise ship set sails for a historic trip to Cuba

May 02, 2016, 6:50 AM EDT

The U.S.-Cuba ties, which have been on reconciliation track since the two countries restored their diplomatic relations last year, witnessed a new high on Sunday with an American cruise ship, Adonia setting sails for a historic trip to Cuba for the first time in half a decade. The journey, which is being dubbed as the beginning of a new era, comes after Cuba lifted a ban on its citizens that restricted them from leaving or entering the island nation by sea.

The Adonia, which would be making a trip from Miami to Cuba in every two weeks, is likely to give a big boost to the tourism industry, bringing thousands of more visitors to the communist-run island, writes the BBC. When U.S. President Barack Obama visited Cuba in 2014, one of the key issues of the meet with leader Raul Castro was to restart cruises between the two countries. A slew of trade and tourism restrictions of Cold War-era still exist between the U.S. and Cuba.

Last month, protests broke out over a Cuban law that bars Cuban-born passengers from coming to the island on boats, reports CNN. Following a lawsuit that challenged this discrimination, Cuba’s government changed its policy and allowed Cuban-born passengers to enter the island by cruise ship.  


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