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BANNED: A vintage

American car passes by a cruise liner, a Bahamas-flagged vessel owned by the US Royal Caribbean at the cruise terminal in Havana, last Wednesday.

 The Trump administration clamped down on US tourist visits to Cuba last Tuesday, aiming to cut the flow of dollars to a country that Washington accuses of helping prop up Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro.

 The US Treasury Department banned group educational travel, cruise ship and private yacht visits by Americans, taking aim at the most common ways US tourists and Cuban-Americans visit Cuba.

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Major US cruise operators said on Wednesday they will no longer sail to Cuba following the Trump administration’s ban on travel to the Caribbean island, angering travellers and prompting worries about trip cancellations and company earnings.

The new restrictions are aimed at pressuring Cuba’s Communist government to reform and stop supporting Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro. “Due to changes in US policy, the company will no longer be permitted to sail to Cuba effective immediately,” Carnival Corp said.

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