Norwegian Cruise Line (NCLH) will soon set sail for Cuba after receiving permission from the Cuban government on Wednesday. The cruises are slated to begin in the spring of 2017 and Norwegian Cruise Line CEO Frank Del Rio says demand for the trip has been "strong."
"I believe that the momentum we have seen in the warming of the relationships between the two countries will continue," Del Rio said on CNBC's "Power Lunch" Thursday afternoon.
However, President-elect Donald Trump could potentially throw the plans off course. Mending the ties between the U.S. and Cuba is an initiative started by President Obama. But, "if Cuba is unwilling to make a better deal for the Cuban people, the Cuban/American people [and] the U.S. as a whole, I will terminate the deal," Trump said via Twitter.
"I have heard the rhetoric, and I simply believe that Mr. Trump does want a better deal, not just in Cuba but in many other countries," Del Rio said in response.
Furthermore, he believes "everybody" wants the embargo lifted and believes that Republican control of both congress and the presidency will make the embargo more likely to disappear.
"I think there is growing momentum here in the U.S., now that we have a republican congress and President who want to get things done, who wants new business opportunities for the U.S.," Del Rio stated.