Royal Caribbean, Norwegian, MSC, Carnival face lawsuits over Cuba

MSC Cruises, Royal Caribbean, Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings and Carnival Corp are looking at legal action from US citizens who hold claims to docking facilities in Havana and Santiago de Cuba.

Five new lawsuits have been filed against the cruise lines under Title III of the Helms-Burton Act, which deals with the trafficking of stolen property in Cuba.

Two Florida businessmen who hold claims to cruise docks in Havana and Santiago de Cuba that were nationalized after the revolution 60 years ago had already filed suits against Carnival, and are now chasing Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd., Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings and MSC Cruises.

The moves come after a federal judge denied Carnival’s motion to dismiss one of the suits.

Mickael Behn of Havana Docks Corp has now also filed against RCL, NCLH and MSC for using the Havana Cruise Terminal, while Javier Garcia-Bengochea added claims against RCL and NCLH for using the Santiago cruise facilities. Both seek compensation for use of the properties.

A Royal Caribbean spokesperson said that “we are reviewing the filings and have no further comment on pending litigation”.