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Will Cuba Steal Cruise Ships From Its Neighbors?

Some see a threat to their ports—and economies. The cruise lines call the island a ‘refresher’ that will bring the whole region new travelers.
Cruise ships, Dock Maarten, St Maarten Island
Photographer: Christopher Biggs /Getty Images

If you’re one of the big U.S. cruise lines preparing to steam to Cuba, you’re giddy over a long-forbidden, culturally rich port of call to offer customers.

If you’re one of the Caribbean islands that rely on hordes of American cruisers spending money in your shops and restaurants, you’re probably a little nervous.