Over a third of Brits claim to be more interested in travel to Cuba now than they were two years ago according to new research by Virgin Holidays. The demand has led in part to the launch of a new weekly direct flight from Gatwick Airport to Cuban beach hot-spot, Varadero.
Air Europa is celebrating the arrival of its sixth Dreamliner Boeing 787-8 and commencing has utilised the brand new aircraft on its daily Madrid-Havana route. The flight to Cuba connects perfectly with the Air Europa twice-daily flights between London Gatwick and Madrid’s Adolfo Suárez Madrid Barajas Airport.
Oceania Cruises has announced an additional series of journeys to Cuba in November and December 2017. Ranging in length from six to thirteen days with departures from Miami, these voyages include the line’s first calls to Cienfuegos and Santiago de Cuba, in addition to Havana.
Cultural cruise line Voyages to Antiquity will offer an exciting new 2017-18 winter season featuring the Caribbean and Cuba. Cruises in the region will begin in November 2017. It will be the first time that Voyages to Antiquity has offered cruises to this area.
Norwegian Cruise Line opened for sale the line’s 2017 cruises to Cuba aboard Norwegian Sky, the largest vessel sailing to Cuba, which also offers an overnight stay in Havana. Norwegian Sky will sail a series of five four-night cruises from Miami to Cuba in May 2017 that will include an overnight in the capital of Havana.
Royal Caribbean has announced that the Cuban government has granted them approval for cruises to Cuba and they plan to announce their first Florida-Cuba itineraries in the near future. At the same time, Oceania Cruises has revealed its first three inaugural voyages from Miami to Cuba. The first will depart in March 2017.
MSC Cruises has introduced a second ship, the recently fully refurbished MSC Armonia, to homeport in Havana alongside MSC Opera. MSC Armonia earlier marked her traditional Maiden Call as she arrived in Havana on the final leg of her Grand Voyage from Genoa, Italy.
JetBlue is starting its new daily non-stop service between Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport and Holguín’s Frank País Airport in Cuba. Holguín becomes the third city served in Cuba from the airline’s south Florida focus city. With service to Holguín, JetBlue now operate 42 nonstop flights each week between the two countries and more coming in late November with the launch of Havana.
Austrian Airlines has started serving Havana, Cuba, once a week on Tuesdays, with a Boeing 767 aircraft. “We have continuously expanded our offering to long-haul tourist destinations since 2013, with flights now being operated to Colombo and Mauritius. “We will also serve Havana, and thus a Caribbean destination for the first time in six years,” explained Andreas Otto, chief commercial officer of Austrian Airlines.