Royal Caribbean's newly refreshed ship, Empress of the Seas, will sail 58 four- and five-night cruise itineraries to Cuba from January 2018 through March 2019, more than half offering overnight stays in Havana.
According to a written release, Michael Bayley, president and CEO of Royal Caribbean International, said "since arriving in Cuba for the first time last month, we’ve seen the excitement of our guests when sailing into Havana and the passion they have for the city at sail away – its people, its architecture, its food, its music. This is the enthusiasm we strive to bring to adventure-seekers who vacation with us." He went on to say, "the positive reaction to our Cuba sailings is very encouraging, and we are thrilled to expand on the number of sailings for our 2018-2019 itineraries.”
Empress of the Seas will return to Tampa for summer 2018, offering a series of four- and five-night cruises, calling on Key West, Florida, and Costa Maya and Cozumel, Mexico, as well as Havana, Cuba on most sailings. Afterwards, the ship will reposition to Port Everglades in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, for the winter 2018-2019 season, continuing short trips to the Caribbean. Currently, Empress of the Seas sails from Tampa through November 4, 2017. The ship then returns to Miami for the winter 2017-2018 season, adding calls to Royal Caribbean's private island Cococay and Nassau in the Bahamas.
Empress of the Seas spans 11 decks and accommodates 1,602 guests at double occupancy in 795 staterooms.