Thomson Dream heads for Cuba

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President Obama has been hinting that he may be about to bring an end to America’s long-standing trade embargo with Cuba, but there’s no sign yet that US-based cruise lines are about to be allowed to add the island to their Caribbean itineraries.
So hats off to Britain’s Thomson Cruises, who have announced that their new ship, Thomson Dream, will be paying regular visits to Havana from December 2010.
The 1,500-passenger vessel, currently sailing as Costa Europa, joins the Thomson fleet in April and will be sailing in the Mediterranean during the summer. A dry-dock refit will precede the ship’s departure for the Caribbean.
The ship will then sail a series of 14-night itineraries which all include calls to Cuba, some of them for three days and two nights in Havana. Other ports of call include Aruba, Barbados, Cozumel, Curacao and Grand Cayman.
Flights will be available from Gatwick, Birmingham and Manchester and fares are expected to start at about £1,600. The cruises go on sale on November 5.
The only other affordable cruises visiting Cuba are on Fred Olsen’s Braemar, which will make four calls in Havana during 2010.

By | 2009-10-09T00:28:36+00:00 9 October 2009|Cruise Destinations, Cruise News, Cruise Ships|5 Comments

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John Honeywell is a travel writer specialising in cruise ships and cruise travel. Winner of CLIA UK's Contribution to Cruise award 2017.


  1. Judy Zimmerman 10 January 2010 at 10:07 pm - Reply

    I’m an American citizen. May I book a cruise in Dec. 2010 – 3 days/2 nights in Havana?

  2. Bob Taylor 4 March 2010 at 10:19 pm - Reply

    We had several Canadians on the Thomson Destiny sailing out of The Dominican Republic last year so I’m sure Thomson’s could make arrangements for you. The Dream is sailing from Havana and I believe Jamaica which is obviously the better bet for you. Thomson’s don’t sail or visit US ports. Visit for details

  3. Bob Taylor 4 March 2010 at 10:25 pm - Reply

    Visit for details. Thomson doesn’t visit US ports so they will have to make other arrangements for you. The Dream is sailing from Cuba and Jamaica which would be more suitable for you.

  4. kath 27 March 2010 at 8:35 pm - Reply

    will the same crew be on the dream, as it was on the Costa Europa?

  5. John Honeywell 28 March 2010 at 4:28 pm - Reply

    Thomson tell me their own crew will take over on Thomson Dream. Their spokesman says: “We believe our crew are part of the Thomson experience and so everyone on board will be hand picked and trained in the Thomson standard of service.”

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