Virgin Voyages has released new details on its planned cruises to Cuba. The cruise line’s president and CEO, Tom McAlpin, and Diana Block-Garcia, vice president of destination, itinerary and revenue, as well as La Habana Cruise Port officials, shared the information at a ceremony celebrating the formalization of the cruise line’s contract to sail to the destination in 2020.
Virgin Voyages’ first ship, the Scarlet Lady, will begin sailing to Havana, Cuba, on April 1, 2020, on four- and five-night Havana After Dark itineraries. The sailings will include an overnight stay in Cuba’s capital, as well as a stop at The Beach Club at Bimini, Virgin Voyages’ private club in the Bahamas. According to the cruise line, the Scarlet Lady will be the newest and largest ship to ever sail into Havana Harbor.
During the ship’s overnight stay in Havana, travelers will have the chance to take part in the city’s nightlife and culture heritage. Guests will be able to visit Old Havana, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, check out Cuban music and nightclubs, connect with locals through people-to-people exchanges, or explore the city’s colonial architecture.
The contract formalization ceremony followed a development visit to Cuba as Virgin continues to build its shore excursion program. The cruise line had signed a letter of agreement for berthing in Havana last year, saying that customer and travel partner research it had conducted in North America and the UK consistently ranked Cuba as one of the most desired and interesting destinations to visit.