The voyages complement a series of trips to Cuba departing from Tampa aboard Carnival Paradise to take place in 2018-19
Despite the setback in bilateral relations between Washington and Havana with a direct impact on the number of US visitors to Cuba, Carnival Cruise Line is announcing 17 new sailings to Cuba upon its previously successful operations to the Caribbean island.
A news release on Carnival’s webpage explains that “Our inaugural cruises to Cuba aboard Carnival Paradise from Tampa were met with exceptional guest response and we’re thrilled to expand upon the program with our first Cuba cruises from Miami featuring Havana and some of the most beautiful islands in the Caribbean and The Bahamas.”
The statement was made by Christine Duffy, president of Carnival Cruise Line, who added that “Cuba is a sought-after destination and we’re delighted to provide our guests with even more opportunities to experience and explore this fascinating island,” she added.
According to the announcement, the offer will include the ship Carnival Sensation in 2019 and the five-day Cuba voyages will be the line’s first to operate round-trip from Miami and feature a day-long call in Havana as well as stops at popular Caribbean and Bahamian ports such as Grand Turk, Grand Cayman, Nassau, and the private destinations of Half Moon Cay and Princess Cays.
The voyages complement a series of voyages to Cuba departing from Tampa aboard Carnival Paradise to take place in 2018-19.
According to the program published by the cruise line, Carnival Sensation’s Cuba schedule includes four five-day sailings to Havana and Grand Turk departing May 20, Sept. 9, Nov. 18 and Dec. 16, 2019; five five-day voyages featuring Havana, Nassau and Half Moon Cay departing June 17, July 15, Aug. 12, Sept. 23, and Nov. 4, 2019. A five-day cruise to Havana, Nassau and Princess Cays departing April 22, 2019. Seven five-day cruises to Havana and Grand Cayman departing May 6, June 3, July 1 and 29, Aug. 26, Oct. 7 and Dec. 2, 2019.
The announcement adds that guests sailing on Carnival’s Cuba cruises can select from nearly 20 different shore excursion experiences that showcase the island’s vibrant culture, majestic beauty and centuries-old architectural landmarks.