Good-Bye Fidel, Hello Royal Caribbean?

The resignation of Fidel Castro is being credited with an increase in the value of cruise line stocks. The idea is that it’s a step toward the end of the U.S. economic embargo, which would presumably open the island up as a cruise destination.

The embargo has long prevented most cruise lines from sending ships to Cuba. And visits by cruise ships dropped even further after Pullmantur, one the few European lines that regularly stopped there,  was sold to a U.S.-based Royal Caribbean in 2006.

(It might not have helped that Castro complained that cruise ships "leave their trash, their empty cans and papers for a few miserable cents.")

According to USA Today, it’s not just the cruise lines that want back in. Hotel chains are also interested in getting onto the Caribbean’s biggest island.


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