Carnival Corporation sailed into Havana this morning completing the first leg of its historic inaugural voyage to Cuba that began on May 1st, 2016, from Miami.
The company’s Fathom brand made history with its arrival into Havana, marking the first time in over 50 years that a US cruise line has sailed from the US to Cuba.
It is also the first time in decades that Cuban-born individuals have been able to travel by sea to or from Cuba.
Fathom travellers were greeted by fanfare and a festive celebration as they arrived in the Port of Havana, the first of three destinations that guests will visit as part of the brand’s exclusive seven-night voyages to Cuba.
Following this week’s inaugural trip to Cuba, Fathom’s 704-passenger Adonia luxury cruise ship will begin operating its weeklong itineraries to Cuba every other week.
“Our arrival today in Havana is a special moment in history that contributes to a more positive future, and we congratulate our colleague Arnie Perez on being the first person born in Cuba to step ashore under Cuba’s new policy,” said Arnold Donald, chief executive of Carnival Corporation.
“We are so honoured that Carnival Corporation and our Fathom brand can be part of such a meaningful milestone.
“As we worked to become the first US cruise company to sail from the US to Cuba in more than five decades, it was clear just how much interest there is from travellers who want to experience Cuba.
“We believe there is no better way to experience Cuba and see this beautiful island than to cruise with us on Fathom, and we look forward to providing a very special and rewarding experience to everyone who sails with us.”
During each sailing, Fathom will visit Havana, Cienfuegos and Santiago de Cuba, three ports of call for which Carnival Corporation has obtained berthing approval.
As part of this historic sailing in this inaugural year, travellers will enjoy an exciting Cuban experience and will sail aboard Adonia, a premium small ship where they can choose to partake in on-board experiences, including Cuban- and Caribbean-inspired food and films, music and dancing, and much more.
Special on-board programming will include a wide variety of activities covering an array of interests, ranging from an orientation of Cuba’s history, customs and culture, to geographic-inspired entertainment, to casual and fun personal enrichment activities, along with conversational Spanish lessons.