Norwegian Cruise Line, Royal Caribbean Win Approval to Sail to Cuba

The Wall Street Journal

By: Felicia Schwartz

On Wednesday, more than 100 restaurateurs, bed-and-breakfast operators and other entrepreneurs in Cuba sent a letter to Mr. Trump urging him to push to lift the embargo and advance Mr. Obama’s policies. They said in the letter that they had benefited from changes in Cuba that have allowed more space for private-sector businesses to operate as well as better internet and phone service and increased contacts with American travelers and businesses. “Reforms made by the U.S. government to allow for increased travel, telecom services and banking have helped substantially as we attempt to grow our businesses,” they said. “As a successful businessman, we’re confident that you understand the importance of economic engagement between nations. Small businesses in Cuba have the potential to be drivers of economic growth in Cuba and important partners of the U.S. business community.” The letter was spearheaded by U.S.-based pro-normalization advocates. Four Cuban women who signed the letter were in Washington this week for meetings at the White House, with lawmakers and others.