After waiting for six months, Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings (NCLH) finally received approval from the Cuban government allowing it to start cruises to Cuba from Miami, beginning in March 2017. It covers three cruise lines: Norwegian Cruise Line, Regent Seven Seas Cruises, and Oceania Cruises.
“We are tremendously excited to have all three of our award-winning brands receive approval from authorities in Cuba to offer cruises to Cuba from the United States,” said Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings CEO Frank Del Rio, who was born in Cuba. “This is truly a dream come true for me, and I cannot wait for our loyal guests to experience the sights and sounds of my hometown of Havana and get to know its rich culture and its warm and welcoming residents.”
Cruises will sail on the 1,928-passenger Norwegian Sky, the 1,250-passenger Oceania Marina and the 700-passenger Seven Seas Mariner.
Royal Caribbean Cruises also got approval from the Cuban government for two of its lines – Royal Caribbean International and Azamara Club Cruises. Azamara’s inaugural Cuban itinerary is a 12-night cruise departing Miami on March 21st.
Oceania First to Sail to Cuba
Oceania Cruises will be the first to sail to Cuba, departing from Miami on March 7 on a 14-night itinerary. The cruise line will also sail to Cuba on two 10-night itineraries in March – departing March 21 and again on March 31. All three voyages will call on Havana.
While in Havana, guests will have a selection of shore excursions to choose from, all of which offer an authentic Cuban experience that explores the people, music, art, history and culture of the island in compliance with OFAC regulations.
To provide guests with even greater insights into Cuba and its people, guest scholars and expert lecturers on board the ship will deliver compelling presentations about Cuba’s past, present and future.
Regent’s Seven Seas Mariner will call on Havana during two 7-night cruises in April – departing from Miami on April 11 and again on April 18, both offering an overnight in Havana.
The Norwegian Sky plans to sail a series of four-night voyages overnighting in Havana in May.
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