Oceania Cruises made history last week as the first major North American brand to travel to Cuba.
The luxury liner was on a 14-day sailing after departing from Miami on March 7th with an itinerary leading on to Mexico, Belize, Costa Rica, Panama Colombia, and the Cayman Islands.
Marina carried 1,250 guests as she pulled into Sierra Maestra cruise terminal in Havana. Onboard was Bob Binder, co-founder and CEO of Oceania Cruises, and Frank Del Rio, Cuban born-founder of Oceania and CEO of parent company, Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings, LTD.
Once docked, Mr Del Rio addressed international media regarding the inaugural voyage.
‘There is tremendous demand from consumers for voyages to Cuba and our inaugural voyages to the island have been a sell-out success. An Oceania Cruises voyage is the best way to experience all Cuba has to offer with nine UNESCO World Heritage Sites, warm and welcoming people, and a burgeoning culinary scene’, Binder stated.
Oceania Cruises has two more sailings to Cuba scheduled this March and six scheduled for autumn.
These include a seven-night sailing from Miami visiting Havana, Cienfuegos, and Santiago de Cuba (departing December 1st and 8th), and a thirteen-night sailing from Miami visiting Key West; Havana; Roatan, Honduras; Santo Tomas, Guatemala; Harvest Caye, Belize; Costa Maya and Conzumel in Mexico; and Nassau (departing December 21st).
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