Royal Caribbean's Empress of the Seas Makes First Visit to Cuba

Royal Caribbean International recently made its inaugural visit to Cuba on the newly revitalized Empress of the Seas as part of a five-night sailing from Miami. In the new port of call, cruisers participated in curated excursions throughout Havana, including rides in 1950's classic American cars to some of the city's famous stops, like the Old Quarter and the Havana Club Museum

Onboard, a set of activities have been curated to bring the spirit of the island to the entire voyage. Guests will be able to enjoy cortaditos and café con leche in Cafe Royal and salsa music and dancing in Boleros Latin Lounge

After returning to Miami, Empress of the Seas will reposition to Tampa, Florida, for the summer season - the cruise line's first ever summer program from the port - offering a series of four, five, and six-night sailings with day and overnight visits to Havana and stops in Key West, Florida; Belize City, Belize, Costa Maya; and Cozumel, Mexico. Sailings from Tampa are available through November 4, 2017, when Empress returns to Miami for the winter season, adding calls to CocoCay and Nassau, Bahamas

Empress of the Seas spans 11 guest decks and accommodates 1,602 guests at double occupancy in 795 staterooms. The also ship offers five bars and lounges, complimentary entertainment and lie music, daily brunch with a complimentary Mimosa or Blood Mary and a full-service spa.

For a limited time, guests can take advantage of the extended 'royal refund' sale with up to $300 back to spend at sea. Visit