Carnival Paradise has departed on its first sailing to Havana, Cuba and the first in the fleet to do so.

Carnival Cruise Line has entered the Cuban cruise market with the Carnival Paradise departing on its first ever voyage to Cuba. The ship departed Tampa, Florida yesterday and is in fact scheduled to arrive in Havana today at around 11 AM.

Carnival Cruise Line Executive Vice President of Guest Shipboard Operations Gus Antorcha, said:

“Carnival is the only cruise line with a year-round ship in Tampa and we have a long-standing partnership with the local community, so it is exciting that we are inaugurating our cruises featuring Havana from this city with its very large Cuban population and strong affinity for Cuban culture.”

“Cruising is a fantastic and convenient way to visit Cuba and we are seeing tremendous demand for these cruises from consumers as well as our travel agent partners who are sharing this exciting new vacation option with their clients.”

The voyage marks the first of 12 four- and five-day cruises, each with a daytime and overnight call at Havana to provide vacationers a rare and exciting opportunity to explore the fascinating and historic destination. Additional cruises in the series depart  July 13, Aug. 14, 24 and 28, Sept. 7, 21 and 25, Oct. 5, 9 and 19, 2017; as well as May 3, 2018. Five-day voyages add a stop in either Cozumel, Mexico; or Key West, Florida.

Carnival Paradise, Cuban Sandwich
Photo By: Carnival Cruise Line

The cruise line celebrated the inaugural cruise to Cuba onboard the Carnival Paradise. During the celebration onboard the “world’s largest Cuban sandwich at sea” was put together along with a $25,000 donation to Carnival Cruise Line Executive Vice President of Guest Shipboard Operations Gus Antorcha.

Carnival Paradise is a Fantasy class cruise ship at 70,000 gross tons and carrying over 2,000 guests at double occupancy.