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Royal Caribbean and Norwegian Cleared to Begin Cruising to Cuba

Americans will soon have the chance to travel to Cuba with a major cruise line—which means Cubans will soon have the chance to see more rum-swilling Midwesterners than they could have ever wished to see. 

Cruising titans Royal Caribbean and Norwegian Cruise Line have each received permission from the Cuban government to sail to the Caribbean island nation from Florida. 

Royal Caribbean says both its namesake brand and its smaller Azamara Club Cruises have been approved; the company didn't release a start date or itineraries, but they should be announced soon.

As for Norwegian, all three of that line's brands—the eponymous flagship, Oceania Cruises, and Regent Seven Seas Cruises—have been cleared to begin sailing to Havana starting in March. The first call will be made by Oceania's upscale Marina ship.