Majesty of the Seas to sail Cuba cruise in 2019

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Royal Caribbean’s Majesty of the Seas

Royal Caribbean International’s Majesty of the Seas will become its second ship to visit Cuba in 2019.

The line plans a four-day voyage from Port Canaveral departing March 25, 2019. The cruise will include a full day in Havana. Prices will start at $549 plus taxes and port fees, Royal Caribbean said.

Thus far, Royal Caribbean has only offered Havana on Empress of the Seas itineraries from Tampa, Miami and Port Everglades.


Norwegian Cruise Line arrives in Havana

Photo credit Dave Jones; Norwegian Sky leaving the Port of Miami.

Norwegian Cruise Line made the first call in Cuba in its 50-year history, as the 2,004-passenger Norwegian Sky arrived in Havana Harbor shortly after 7 a.m.

The ship docked at the Sierra Maestra Terminal in Old Havana alongside the Adonia, the Fathom ship making one of its final calls in Cuba. Also at anchor in the harbor was the Celestyal ship Crystal.

Sailing roundtrip from Miami on a four-day itinerary, Norwegian Sky will overnight in Havana, allowing two full days of tours before sailing to Great Stirrup Cay on Thursday and returning to Miami on Friday.

The Norwegian Sky docked at the Sierra Maestra Terminal in Old Havana. Photo Credit: Tom Stieghorst
The Norwegian Sky docked at the Sierra Maestra Terminal in Old Havana. Photo Credit: Tom Stieghorst

In remarks to a group aboard, Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings chairman Frank Del Rio said it is appropriate that Norwegian travel again to Cuba after cruise lines have been out of the market for 50 years, because Norwegian is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year.

Del Rio noted that he left Cuba when he was 7 years old, “and then 55 years later I popped in to say hello,” when a ship from NCLH’s Oceania brand made its first call to Cuba in March. NCLH’s Regent Seven Seas Cruises line has also been to Cuba.

“Now this is our third ship, our third brand, our biggest brand, our most important brand. You guys are going to love Havana,” Del Rio said.

The Norwegian Sky will sail weekly to Havana on the four-day itinerary through November.

Norwegian extends Cuba cruises through 2018

Photo credit Dave Jones, Norwegian Sky departing the Port of Miami.

Norwegian Cruise Line will further extend its offering of weekly roundtrip cruises from Miami to Cuba through 2018, with 33 new voyages.

This year’s Norwegian Sky sailings are scheduled through December 2017, and cruises will resume March 26, 2018.

Thirty-two of the 33 new voyages will include an overnight in Havana and a call at Great Stirrup Cay, Norwegian’s private island in the Bahamas.

The format on the Sky will continue to include alcoholic beverages in the cruise fare.

Norwegian will offer a selection of 15 half- and full-day shore excursions that are compliant with the U.S.’s rules about people-to-people travel in Cuba.

Sales for the new cruises open April 20.