Add Carnival Cruise Line to the growing list of American operators sailing to Cuba. Carnival brand Fathom pioneered cruises to the island last year using the P&O Cruises ship Adonia.
Although British and international passengers have been able to visit the Communist state without restriction, Americans were prevented by a long-standing trade embargo.
The Obama administration began to loosen restrictions and a number of US lines have already beaten Carnival to the punch – including Norwegian and Royal Caribbean. Non-US-registered companies such as MSC, Fred Olsen and Thomson, have been taking passengers to the island for some time.
From June 29, Carnival will be sailing to Havana from the port of Tampa, on Florida’s Gulf coast, using the 2,052-passenger Carnival Paradise.
The overnight visits to Cuba’s capital will be included on 12 four- and five-night voyages that will also visit either Cozumel in Mexico, or Key West, Florida.
Passengers will be offered a range of day and night-time cultural exchange excursions.
“Cuba is an island jewel unique from anywhere else in the Caribbean and we are thrilled to have this rare opportunity to take our guests to this fascinating destination,” said Christine Duffy, president of Carnival Cruise Line.”
“The opportunity to visit Havana, combined with the fun, relaxed ambiance and wide variety of amenities and features offered on Carnival Paradise, will make for a truly one-of-a-kind vacation experience,” she added.
The new voyages can currently be booked via travel agents, by calling 0808 234 0680 and at carnival.co.uk.
Adonia made history for Carnival’s Fathom brand in May 2016 by sailing from Miami to Cuba, marking the first time in five decades that an American cruise company made the voyage.
Carnival Corporation has since announced that the Fathom brand will be used for “impact tourism” excursions from ships across its fleets, and Adonia reverts to sailing for P&O Cruises this summer.