MIAMI – The Miami-Dade County Community Relations Board (CRB) and the Hispanic Affairs Advisory Board (HAAB) are urging Carnival Cruise Lines to reverse its decision to not allow Cuban-born County residents as passengers of a newly established cruise to Cuba.
In a joint letter to Carnival Corporation Chairman Mickey Arison dated April 14, CRB Chairman Edward Shohat and HAAB Chair Abbie B. Cuellar stressed their strong opposition to the ban, which was imposed as a result of a demand by the Cuban government.
“We encourage Carnival Corporation to reconsider your plans to provide cruise service to Cuba while banning potential customers who were born on the island,” the joint letter states. “It is reprehensible that the Cuban government has chosen to discriminate against U.S. residents based upon their national origin. We encourage you to join with us in upholding our commitments to our nation’s core values of equality, mutual protection and human rights.”
The CRB and HAAB are volunteer bodies created by the County Commission who serve in an advisory capacity to relieve intergroup tensions and build bridges of mutual understanding, cooperation and respect among our community’s multiethnic, multicultural populations.