Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd have been given the green light by the Cuban Government to operate cruises to Cuba in 2017.
Starting from March 2017, NCL Holdings Ltd will see Oceania, Norwegian Cruise Line and Regent Seven Seas operate to the Caribbean island.
The first cruise to call to Cuba will depart Miami on 7th March 2017 on board Oceania’s Marina. Here she will operate itineraries which will include a multi-day call at Havana in order for passengers to extensively explore what the Cuban capital has to offer.
Regent Sevens Seas, Seven Seas Mariner will also call into Cuba on two cruises in April 2017. Whilst Norwegian Cruise Line’s Norwegian Sky will offer a series of 4 day cruises which will incorporate an overnight stay in Havana.
With a thawing diplomatic relationship with the US, Cuba is looking for more forms of tourism into their island and more so from America with more cruise lines looking to incorporate visits to Cuba. Fathom’s Adonia was the first American based ship to be granted permission to visit Cuba in April this year but operations will cease come June 2017 with Adonia returning to the P&O fold.
Frank Del Rio, president and chief executive officer of Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd was excited at the news that they will be sending ships to Cuba in 2017.
“We are tremendously excited to have all three of our award-winning brands receive approval from the Cuban authorities to offer cruises to Cuba from the United States. As a Cuban-American and founder of Oceania Cruises, I am incredibly proud that one of Oceania’s vessels will be our company’s first to sail to 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.”
Passengers cruising on all three brands will have the chance to experience shore excursions in Cuba which will explore the culture, people, art and history of the island and offer an authentic Cuban experience which are in compliance with OFAC regulations.
It certainly is hotting up for the Cuban market for cruise lines and it is expected more cruise lines will be looking to seek permission to sail to Cuba from the Cuban Government in the near future.
Watch this space……..