On Sunday, Arnold Donald, Carnival's president and CEO, said the company worked and prepared to make the cruises a reality despite the challenges.
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"This is an important first step for our company and the cruise industry," CEO Arnold Donald told The Associated Press in an email. "It begins our efforts to shape a long-sustained industry experience in Cuba."
Carnival aims to launch Miami to Cuba cruises in May →