Norwegian Cruise Line and Royal Caribbean have both been given the go ahead to visit Cuba next year.
Royal Caribbean announced that it and its sister brand Azamara would be sailing to Cuba in the near future although itinerary details and dates aren’t available just yet.
The CEO of Royal Caribbean said: “Our guests have expressed real interest in having the opportunity to experience Cuba, and we look forward to bringing them there. Our discussions with our travel partners indicate that Cuba is a destination that appeals to a new generation of travellers.”
The kinds of experiences Royal Caribbean guests can expect will include trips to look at culture, history and art and activities that will “enhance contact with the Cuban people” and “support civil society in Cuba.”
Norwegian Cruise Line then announced that they, and their other brands including Regent and Oceania, have also been approved to sail to Cuba. Oceania cruises will begin sailing on March 7th on-board the Marina whilst Regent’s Seven Seas Mariner will begin sailings in April. NCL will then send the Norwegian Sky to Havana in May 2017.
The CEO of Norwegian Cruise Line said: “As a Cuban-American and founder of Oceania Cruises, I am incredibly proud that one of Oceania’s vessels will be our company’s first to sail to Cuba. This is truly a dream come true for me, and I cannot wait for our loyal guests to experience the sights and sounds of my hometown of Havana and get to know its rich culture and its warm and welcoming residents.”
Similarly, Celestyal Cruises which had already been given the go ahead to sail in Cuba (and has been doing so for the last three seasons) will now offer year round Cuba sailings.
So what do you think of the news? Would you be interested in a sailing from America to Cuba? Have you ever been to Cuba before? Let us know in the comments below!