You may have thought your chances of traveling to Cuba were slim after the Trump administration's new travel restrictions. But you can still book a flight to visit the island.
That's because Washington has left intact a list of 12 travel categories for people flying there.
"It is what it is and that's the way politics get played," said Miami attorney Pedro Freyre, chairman of the Akerman law firm's international practice. "It's important to note the 12 categories are still there."
Here's a look at the ever-changing policies for trips to Cuba, and how U.S. travelers may still visit.
In 2016, then-President Barack Obama eased the decades-old economic embargo against the Havana government, triggering an outpouring of interest from U.S. travelers who long were barred from travel to Cuba.
For nearly three years, travel became widespread under a so-called "people-to-people" designation, which was meant to foster cultural contacts on the island. The new policies dramatically widened U.S-to-Cuba travel by air and sea, as U.S.-based airlines and cruise lines set up an array of routes to connect the two countries' airports and seaports.
But last week, the Trump administration drastically dialed back services as part of its continuing push to punish Cuba for supporting the Venezuelan regime of President Nicolas Maduro. At the heart of the restrictions was the elimination of the "people-to-people" designation for travel.
It shut down the burgeoning Cuba cruise line business, disrupting an estimated 600,000 industry bookings. It effectively barred trips by private operators. It forbade travel by private airplanes, yachts, fishing boats and other vessels. And travelers may not fly commercially to Cuba under the "people-to-people" designation, an American Airlines official said.
The action will reduce travel to Cuba, "but certainly not to a trickle," said John Kavulich, president of the nonprofit U.S.-Cuba Trade & Economic Council in New York.
He said most travelers will be people of Cuban descent as opposed to individuals traveling for other reasons.
So far, the Trump administration hasn't disturbed commercial flight schedules to Cuba as U.S. airlines continued to fly to and from Cuba out of Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport, Miami International Airport and other U.S. airports. From South Florida, seven U.S. airlines are serving Cuba out of Miami-Dade and Broward counties.
Passengers must show a visa in order to travel and select one of the allowed travel categories listed by the U.S. Treasury Department's Office of Foreign Assets Control.
Depending on when a flight is booked and availability, the cost of a round trip can range from $250 to more than $700. Southwest, for example, had available seats ranging from $233 to $350 for flights from Fort Lauderdale to Havana on a recent Saturday, with return fares on that Tuesday ranging from $137 to $350, according to its website.
Travelers must cite the reason for travel when checking in for their flights. They include: family visits; official government business; journalistic activities; professional research and meetings; educational activity and religious activity.
Others include public performances, clinics, workshops and exhibitions; support for the Cuban people; humanitarian projects; private foundation, research and educational institute activities; the import and export of information; and authorized export transactions.
American, which operates a major Miami hub for the Caribbean and Latin America, said it has not changed any of its Cuba flight schedules, and would continue to fly to the island as long as it is permitted by federal law. The airline serves Havana, Varadero, Santa Clara, Santiago, Holguin and Camaguey.
The airline does not ask for any proof that shows a passenger is traveling under a certain category, said Alexis Aran Coello, corporate communications manager for the airline's Miami hub.
"That responsibility is with the passenger," Aran Coello said. "The airline is responsible for ensuring they have the travel visa."
American hasn't seen any drop in reservations. "Those flights are always full," she said.
However, passengers may no longer fly under the people-to-people category, industry officials said.
"If you bought your ticket before June 5, you can still travel on people-to-people," Coello said. "For those that have purchased tickets on or after June 5, you cannot select people-to-people as one of your travel categories."
Southwest Airlines and JetBlue operate daily flights to Cuba from Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood, said Greg Meyer, spokesman for the Broward County Aviation Department. Southwest has three daily flights to Havana; JetBlue maintains daily service to Havana, Santa Clara, Camaguey and Holguin.
American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Swift Air, United Airlines and World Atlantic are all flying to Cuba from Miami International, an airport spokesman said.
But anyone with cruise ship tickets to visit Cuba from Port Everglades, PortMiami, Port Canaveral and other seaports quickly found their plans were being changed - and not by choice.
"We are disappointed that cruise lines will no longer be operating to Cuba," said Adam Goldstein, chairman of the Cruise Lines International Association, an industry trade group. "While out of our control, we are genuinely sorry for all cruise line guests who were looking forward to their previously booked itineraries to Cuba."
Cruise companies such as Carnival Corp., MSC Cruises, Norwegian and Royal Caribbean Cruises all scrambled to analyze the policy change last week, and all concluded that their Cuba business had come to a sudden end.
They redirected ships away from Cuba and offered their customers refunds, credits and re-booking alternatives. The lines encouraged customers to call about refunds, credits and changes in their travel arrangements.
MSC Cruises said that its MSC Armonia, which had been calling at Havana as part of Caribbean sailings out of PortMiami, would visit Key West; Costa Maya, Mexico; George Town, Cayman Islands; or Cozumel, Mexico, as alternatives. The remainder of the ship's itinerary remained as planned.
MSC said it will waive cancellation fees if passengers choose to change their Armonia bookings to another MSC ship or itinerary, and apply previously paid funds to the new booking.
Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings, whose Norwegian Cruise Line, Oceania Cruises and Regent Seven Seas Cruises called on Cuba, said it changed itineraries and offered "substantial" discounts to persuade passengers to stay on cruises that no longer had Cuba as a stop. On June 4, the Norwegian Sky was the last company ship to visit Havana, the day before the ban went into effect.
On Friday of last week, management announced that discounts, cancellations and travel agent commissions for re-booking passengers would reduce its 2019 profits.
Carnival Corp.'s Carnival Cruise Line said it is offering full refunds for canceled Cuba trips booked through July and is offering alternate trips and credit options to passengers booked aboard 30 sailings on five ships for the remainder of the year.
Royal Caribbean diverted its Empress of the Seas to the Bahamas and Coco Cay, a private island it owns. The line's Majesty of the Seas headed for Costa Maya, Mexico. Passengers received the option of canceling current bookings for full refunds, or taking rerouted trips and 50% rebates. The company said that it, too, would reduce it 2019 earnings projections.
Pearl Seas Cruises, a small company based in Connecticut that offered voyages to the island from Port Everglades, did not respond to a phone message seeking comment. The company's trips circumnavigated Cuba, allowing customers to visit six cities including Havana, Cienfuegos and Santiago.
Other companies that intended to begin Cuba sailings later this year shelved their startup plans.
They include Seabourn, which belongs to Carnival Corp., and Virgin Voyages, a new line headquartered in Plantation started by British billionaire Richard Branson. Virgin planned to sail to Cuba out of PortMiami next year. In a statement, the company said it will announce a new round of itineraries and allow customers to change reservations without financial penalties.