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Bright future for New Orleans-Cuba cruises, Israel tells FCCA gathering

Giora Israel, standing at center, looks on as Carnival Corp. & plc chairman Arnold Donald and a Cuban official ink the Fathom cruise permits in April (Photo: Travel Weekly)
Cruises to Cuba from New Orleans will prosper thanks to proximity and the 'forbidden fruit' allure of both destinations, a senior Carnival Corp. executive told a cruise industry gathering in New Orleans.

According to, Giora Israel, svp, Global Port & Destination Development Group, Carnival Corp. & plc, said New Orleans is in a perfect location to benefit from Cuba cruises when those become possible.

He did not indicate if Carnival is pursuing that business.

Israel made his remarks at the 2016 Platinum Associate Membership Advisory Council Conference of the Florida-Caribbean Cruise Association and in an interview with

The Carnival executive played a role in facilitating the first cruise from the US to Cuba in nearly 60 years when its Fathom brand got the go-ahead for Adonia to begin service from PortMiami in May.