Cuba attracts more cruise interest

Cuba continues to take the limelight as one of the world’s hottest emerging cruising destinations, taking its place in the itineraries of several more cruise lines in recent weeks.

Royal Caribbean Cruises will begin to sail year-round to Cuba from next year with its newly refreshed Empress of the Seas sailing 58 cruises of four- and five-night itineraries from January 2018 through March 2019, more than half of which will offer overnight stays in the Cuban capital Havana. Empress’ Western Caribbean and Havana sailings are now open for booking.

Michael Bayley, president and CEO of Royal Caribbean International said the cruise line had been overwhelmed with the feedback on its Cuba offerings, thus deciding to expand their itineraries.

“Since arriving in Cuba for the first-time last month, we’ve seen the excitement of our guests when sailing into Havana and the passion they have for the city at sail away,” he said.

Azamara Club Cruises is also adding four additional sailings to its existing line up of Cuba voyages. Departing from Miami, the sailings onboard the Azamara Quest feature overnights in Havana, as well as visits to two maiden ports of call — Cienfuegos and Santiago de Cuba, beginning January 2018.

The new addition will grow Azamara’s Cuban offerings to six, ranging from seven to 11 night cruises. Azamara will offer shore excursions featuring open air cabaret, Tropicana, a Nelson Dominguez art gallery tour, and classic cars in Havana, with more experiences coming soon.

Larry Pimentel, president & CEO of Azamara Club Cruises said, “Interest in travelling to Cuba from both new and loyal guests is undeniable.”

Norwegian Cruise Line’s first ship to sail to Cuba, Norwegian Sky, made her maiden call in the capital city of Havana last month. The call marks the start of Norwegian Sky‘s weekly round-trip cruises from Miami to Cuba. The ship will sail a total of 53 four-day voyages to Cuba, with 52 including an overnight stay Havana.

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