ISSUES: Carnival Cuba Cruise Controversy

As relations between Cuba and the U.S. continue on a path towards normalization, Carnival Cruise Lines announced trips to the island beginning May 1st – but, there’s one problem. According to Cold-War era law, Cuban-born Americans cannot visit their homeland by sea. This has caused uproar among South Florida’s Cuban-American population, including Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez, who has called this a “violation of the county’s human rights policy”, and is urging the Carnival Corporation to cancel these planned voyages to Cuba. Additionally, a federal class action lawsuit against the cruise line has been filed, for violating the 1964 Civil Rights Act – which a carnival spokesman calls “without merit or substance”. We discuss this lawsuit with the attorneys for the plaintiffs and whether Carnival may be in violation of its lease with PortMiami.


Javier A. Lopez, Esq., Kozyak Tropin & Throckmorton, LLP
Robert W. Rodriguez, Esq., Robert W. Rodriguez, P.A.