As the cruise industry focuses in on the potential opening of Cuba, the first 2016 sailing by a North American-based cruise line has been cancelled.

Pearl Seas Cruises has announced they have cancelled their first scheduled Cuba sailing on the Pearl Mist.

They issued the following statement:

Pearl Seas Cruises received notice on March 10th that the meeting with the Cuban government, where we expected to receive final approval, had been postponed until after President Obama’s visit.  Therefore we had to cancel the March 16, 2016 Cuba Cultural Voyage cruise.  Most passengers have been transferred to other cruise dates and some have chosen to cancel their reservation and have been refunded in full. “

Pearl Seas has further voyages scheduled this spring to Cuba.