Two more cruise lines add visits to Cuba

Royal Caribbean International and Norwegian Cruise Line have announced they will offer stops in Cuba, following a trend aimed at providing passengers cultural and educational visits to the island nation.

Carnival Corp. was the first U.S.-based cruise line in 50 years to visit Cuba when it sailed on May 1, 2016 on its Fathom brand aboard the Adonia.

Royal will send Empress of the Seas on 4- and 5-night sailings to Cuba from Tampa through November and Norwegian Sky will sail out of Miami on 4-night trips through December.

Passengers can book adventures that include a 1950s classic American car tour of Havana, with stops at the Hotel Nacional de Cuba and the Plaza de Revolución, as well as a scenic drive along the famous Malecón waterfront.

Both Norwegian and Royal will begin the new Cuba excursions in June. The cruises feature an overnight stay in Cuba’s capital of Havana.

“We have seen great demand from our guests for sailings to Cuba and we look forward to providing more opportunities for them to experience this incredibly culture-rich destination on a weekly basis,” said Andy Stuart, president and CEO of Norwegian Cruise Line.

Terry Roen, Orlando Rising

February 10, 2017

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