This Week in Cruise: New in Cuba

This week in the cruise industry major lines continued to sail for Cuba.

Pearl Seas Cruises reported it has kicked off its spring season in Cuba with a sailing on the Pearl Mist. All of the line’s Cuba itineraries offer a complete circumnavigation of the island roundtrip from Fort Lauderdale. The 11-day itinerary spends two days in Havana and also includes calls at Cienfuegos, Trinidad, Casilda, El Cobre and Santiago de Cuba. The “people-to-people” program also includes an excursion to Cojimar, the fishing village that inspired Ernest Hemingway’s famous novel The Old Man and the Sea.

Looking ahead, this week Norwegian Cruise Line announced that it had added a number of Cuba sailings onboard the Norwegian Sun for this fall. Sailing roundtrip from Miami, the seven-, nine- and 13-day cruises will offer a mix of culture, leisure activities and adventure experiences, in addition to a number of calls at other ports throughout the Caribbean. Norwegian Cruise Line has also added a new five-day cruise to Cuba and the Bahamas from Port Canaveral, departing September 3.

All of Norwegian’s Cuba cruises visit Havana and Harvest Caye. In Havana, guests will have the opportunity to visit historical attractions such as Old Havana, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The line also offers a selection of 13 half- and full-day OFAC-compliant “people to people” shore excursions.

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