Carnival Cruise Line is to deploy the largest ship to Cuba in winter 2019-20.

The 3,002-passenger, 102,853-ton Carnival Sunshine will run the first sailings to the island’s capital of Havana from the Port of Charleston.

The line has also expanded its coverage of Cuba by addiing 23 three- to five-day sailings to Havana in 2019-20 with five different ships departing from four US east coast ports.

Besides Carnival Sunshine from Charleston, Carnival Triumph will sail from Fort Lauderdale, Carnival Paradise from Tampa and Carnival Victory and Carnival Sensation from Miami.

The new itineraries complement previously announced voyages by Carnival Paradise and Carnival Sensation.

Almost 20 different shore excursions showcasing the island’s culture and architectural landmarks will be offered.

Carnival’s shore excursions meet all US government regulations and provide a “convenient means” for complying with the people-to-people requirements of cruises to Cuba.

The visits to Havana have to comply with US Department of Treasury regulations that permit travel operators to transport approved travellers to Cuba to engage in activities as defined by authorities.

Cuban-themed activities and entertainment, Havana-inspired deck parties, trivia contests and salsa lessons will be offered on the ships together with Cuba experts to discuss the country’s history and culture.

Carnival Cruise Line president Christine Duffy said: “Cuba has proven to be extremely popular with our guests and we’re delighted to provide even more opportunities to experience and explore this fascinating destination with these new voyages departing from four key east coast homeports, including the first Cuba cruises from Charleston.”