Virgin Voyages is headed to Cuba. The new, adults-only cruise brand from Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin Group has announced the island as the line’s first destination commitment. Virgin Voyages’ first ship, the Scarlet Lady, will call at Cuba during the ship’s inaugural season in 2020.
Virgin Voyages made the announcement at Havana International Fair, FIHAV. The line said its decision to sail to Cuba was influenced by customer and travel partner research it conducted in North America and the United Kingdom. Both groups consistently rank the Caribbean island as one of the most desired and interesting destinations to visit on a voyage.
All sailings to Cuba from Miami will include an overnight stay, allowing more time to explore and experience the capital city’s nightlife and cultural heritage.
While in port, guests can visit Old Havana, a UNESCO World Heritage Site; dance the night away at a salsa club; visit Cuba's warm and friendly residents through people-to-people exchanges; or simply wander the streets alongside pastel-washed colonial architecture. OFAC-compliant shore experiences are in development and details will be made available later in 2019, the cruise line said.
Specific sailing dates relating to Virgin Voyages’ visits to Cuba will be released when the company opens up bookings for sale next year, the company said.