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.
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.