Carnival Cruise Line has expanded its cruises to Cuba with the addition of 23 three- to five-day sailings to Havana in 2019-20 aboard five different ships departing from four East Coast homeports - Carnival Sunshine from Charleston, Carnival Triumph from Fort Lauderdale, Carnival Paradise from Tampa and Carnival Victory and Carnival Sensation from Miami. The 3,002-passenger Carnival Sunshine will be the largest cruise ship to ever call in Havana while offering the first-ever cruise to Cuba from the Port of Charleston, Carnival said.
These new sailings complement previously announced voyages aboard Carnival Paradise and Carnival Sensation.
The new Cuba sailings include:
- Carnival Sunshine (Charleston): A four-day cruise with a day-long call in Havana departing November 21, 2019, along with eight five-day cruises calling at Havana and Freeport departing January 6, February 3 and 17, March 2, 16 and 30 and April 13, and 27, 2020.
- Carnival Triumph (Fort Lauderdale): Eight five-day cruises with an overnight call in Havana and a day-long call in Nassau departing December 14, 2019, and January 11, February 8 and 22, March 7 and 21, and April 4 and 18, 2020; and a five-day cruise with an overnight call in Havana and a visit to the private Bahamian island of Half Moon Cay departing January 20, 2020.
- Carnival Victory (Miami): A three-day voyage with a day-long call in Havana departing November 22, 2019.
- Carnival Sensation (Miami): A four-day cruise with an overnight call in Havana and an extended visit to Nassau departing March 19, 2020, along with two five-day sailings with an overnight call in Havana and visits to Freeport and Nassau departing February 15 and 29, 2020.
- Carnival Paradise (Tampa): A five-day voyage departing November 18, 2019, with an overnight call in Havana and a stop at Key West.
In a written statement Carnival President Christine Duffy noted that the line’s Cuba cruises have proven to be extremely popular.
Guests sailing on Carnival’s Cuba cruises can select from nearly 20 different shore excursion experiences that showcase the island’s culture, beauty and architectural landmarks. A variety of Cuban-themed activities and entertainment, Havana-inspired deck parties, trivia contests and salsa lessons, are also offered. There’s also an onboard Cuba expert who discusses the country’s history and culture.
The visits to Havana comply with regulations of the U.S. Department of Treasury that permit travel operators to transport approved travelers to Cuba to engage in activities as defined by the U.S. Department of Commerce, Office of Foreign Assets Control. Carnival’s shore excursions meet all U.S. government regulations for the people-to-people requirements of cruises to Cuba.