The first US cruise ship to travel to Cuba in half a century has docked in Havana. Some 700 passengers were aboard the vessel which sailed from Miami on Sunday. They were greeted by cheers from Cubans who gathered at the port of the Cuban capital.
Hurricane Irma's path of destruction up Florida's Gulf Coast on Sunday threatens to disrupt a thriving state tourism industry worth more than $100 billion annually just months ahead of the busy winter travel season.
On Friday, a cruise ship carrying around 3,000 passengers will dock at St. John's harbour in the Caribbean island of Antigua. It will not be where the passengers expected to land when they booked, however.
Hurricane Irma has made landfall for the second time in Florida as a Category 2 storm, pummeling the state from coast-to-coast. Three people have died and power has been cut to some 3 million homes.
The world's fourth-biggest cruise ship will cater exclusively for Chinese tourists. It leaves its German birthplace to sail to the North Sea for testing.
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