Photo: adonia-carnival-cuba9. In 2015, Cuba emerged as one of the Caribbean’s fastest-growing cruise destinations
TTC Service.- Carnival Cruise Line announced the company’s first sailings to Cuba from New York and Norfolk, Virginia despite the new policy of pressure on Cuba with which the government of the president of the United States, Donald Trump replaced the so-called “thaw”.
The thawing process of the relations between Washington and Havana was launched in December 2014 during the presidency of Barack Obama.
Carnival said the inaugural schedule for the transformed Carnival Radiance is including the company’s first sailings to Cuba from New York and Norfolk, Virginia.
In addition, Carnival revealed the upgraded ship will also sail nine- to 13-day European voyages, four- to nine-day sailings to the Caribbean, voyages to Canada/New England from New York and a winter season of adventures to the Caribbean and Cuba from Port Canaveral, Florida.
Once the Carnival Radiance debuts following its $200 million transformation in 2020, it will sail several Mediterranean itineraries before a trans-Atlantic crossing and finally a homeporting in New York City.
As for the Cuba sailings, Carnival will offer nine-day itineraries from New York that include a full-day and overnight stay in Havana and two Bahamian ports of call.
As for the cruises to Cuba from Virginia, the week-long Cuba sailing will feature an extended stop in the capital of Havana along with visits to two tropical Bahamian ports.
In November 2020, the Carnival Radiance will reposition to Port Canaveral and operate a winter schedule of six- to eight-day voyages to the Caribbean and Cuba, including six-day voyages featuring a day-long visit and overnight call in Havana and two Bahamian ports.
Carnival Radiance will move to Norfolk, where it will spend time during October and November 2020 making the line’s first Cuba cruises from that port, as well as a couple of other cruises to the Bahamas and other popular destinations.
Since November 8, the ship spend its winter season sailing out of Port Canaveral. Here it will offer six- to eight-day trips to the Caribbean and Cuba with stops in Havana, the Bahamas, and Grand Turk, the Dominican Republic, Aruba, St. Kitts and more.
In 2015, Cuba emerged as one of the Caribbean’s fastest-growing cruise destinations, thanks to President Obama’s determined attempts to reopen relations.
Within months, a handful of cruise companies began to offer Cuba sailings for Americans, under a “people to people” license encouraging cultural and humanitarian exchanges, and by early 2017, most mainstream cruise lines jumped into the mix.
Cruise ships owned by non-American companies have been traveling to Cuba for years, although they are all considered small (fewer than 1,000 passengers). Now, mainstream lines like Carnival, Royal Caribbean and Holland America, Norwegian, Oceania, Regent Seven Seas, Azamara Club Cruises and Pearl Seas and Carnival make regular calls to Havana.