The first US cruise line to serve Cuba in more than 50 years arrived in Havana (pictured) yesterday in a trailblazing move likely to lead to an influx of further ships.
Carnival Corporation’s ‘social impact’ brand Fathom docked in the Cuban capital after rules restricting Cuban-born Americans from travelling by sea were lifted.
P&O Cruises’ 704-passenger specially-adapted vessel Adonia is being used by the new brand to operate its week-long itineraries to Cuba from Miami every other week, alternating with the Dominican Republic.
Norwegian Cruise Lines Holdings has already said it wants to also start serving Cuba from the US and others are expected to follow, including other Carnival Corporation brands.
Fathom will visit Havana, Cienfuegos and Santiago de Cuba, three ports of call for which berthing approval has been approved.
Cruise-only prices start at $1,800 per person including several on-the ground activities but excluding Cuban visas, taxes, fees and port expenses.
Carnival Corporation chief executive, Arnold Donald, said: “As we worked to become the first US cruise company to sail from the US to Cuba in more than five decades, it was clear just how much interest there is from travellers who want to experience Cuba.
“We believe there is no better way to experience Cuba and see this beautiful island than to cruise with us on Fathom, and we look forward to providing a very special and rewarding experience to everyone who sails with us.”
Fathom president, Tara Russell, added: “Cuba is a beautiful island with great people and a rich history and culture, and we are so excited we are the first U.S. cruise line that will be giving travelers the opportunity to enjoy Cuba with all the comforts and convenience of being on board our ship.
“We look forward to making sure our guests have an extraordinary experience.”
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