Build it, and they will come.
To meet soaring public demand, Carnival Cruise Lines’ Fathom subsidiary has added two cruises to Cuba, leaving October 9 and November 6. The two dates were added by eliminating scheduled cruises to the Dominican Republic.
“We have had extremely strong demand for our Cuba cruises,” said a spokesperson for Fathom. “The scheduled cruises announced earlier this year are either close to complete sellouts, or interior cabins have already sold out.” The new dates, according to Fathom, will attempt to meet the pent-up demand.
In a separate statement, Tara Russell, the president of Fathom, thanked Cuban government officials for permitting the two new trips. She adds that since the company announced its Cuba voyages, “we have experienced strong, continued demand from travelers wanting to travel to Cuba…”
Since the Cuba cruises were started on May 1, Fathom has been sailing to Cuba two to three times a month. The new dates will boost that number to three monthly cruises in October and November.
The Cuban cruises sail on the MV Adonia, a 700-passenger ship that is the flagship of the Fathom subsidiary. The ship makes ports of call in Havana, Cienfuegos and Santiago during each voyage. Prices for the voyages start at $1,599 per person, excluding many of the taxes and fees required by the Cuban government. Passengers must self certify that they are in compliance with the existing U.S. government’s People-to-People tour regulations for visits to Cuba by American citizens. There are currently 12 categories which allow for legal travel to Cuba, including academic research and humanitarian projects, among others.
Gordon Mott, cigar aficionado
September 13, 2016