Cuba tallied 2018 cruise arrivals at about 800,000

Carnival is among the many cruise lines sailing to Cuba, which numbered 17 in 2018, according to MINTUR Carnival is among the many cruise lines sailing to Cuba, which numbered 17 in 2018, according to MINTUR PHOTO: Carnival Cruise Line

Of the 4.75m international visitors to Cuba in 2018, approximately 800,000 arrived on ships belonging to 17 cruise lines, according to Cuba's Ministry of Tourism (MINTUR), as reported by John Kavulich, president of the New York-based US-Cuba Trade and Economic Council.

Up from 619,000 in 2017

That was up from 2017's 619,000 cruise travelers, of a total 4.5m visitor arrivals recorded by MINTUR, Kavulich said. MINTUR's cruise count for 2016 was 541,000.

Kavulich noted these numbers compare to media reporting of 500,000 cruise travelers to Cuba in 2018 and 397,520 in 2017.

Posted 19 May 2019

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