Will Libya Again Open to U.S. Cruise Passengers?

It may sound like forbidden fruit, but U.S. citizens can go to Libya. Only officials in Libya decided a few years ago not to have us.

Now comes word from a cruise industry newsletter Seatrade Insider that the Libyans may have had a change of heart.

Seatrade quotes a Libyan tour operator as saying not only has a restriction on tourist visas ended, but U.S. cruise passengers can visit on ships on group visas as well.

Ports of call in Libya include Tripoli and Benghazi, and the country has a wealth of well-preserved Roman ruins among other attractions.

The Libyan Consulate in Washington did not return AOL Travel's calls for comment.

Cruise lines that previously visited Libya include Silversea and Holland America, but a spokesman for Silversea said it's been several years since the line called there.

The lines started visiting in 2004, after the U.S. lifted restrictions on travel to Libya. But in 2006 the government abruptly denied access to ships with U.S. citizens onboard. Most lines pulled out of the country, but some British and Italian ships continue to call.

A Holland America executive we talked with said they are always looking for new and interesting ports to visit.
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