Cuba has now opened the gates for anyone in Cuba and those Cubans living in the United States visit Cuba on cruise ships. Thanks to a team from the Carnival Corporation and discussions with the Cuban Government, the country has now decided to let its nationals sail on cruise ships that call to Cuba.
Carnival Corporation which owns the new Fathom brand will now be sailing at full speed with Cubans and Cuban-Nationals onboard. Cuba has now allowed its nationals on cruise ships which will begin sailing to its country from May, 2016. Last week, in anticipation of this positive outcome, Carnival Corporation announced its new Fathom brand was accepting bookings to Cuba from all travelers, including individuals born in Cuba.
Arnold Donald, CEO of Carnival Corporation said:
“We made history in March, and we are a part of making history again today, more importantly, we are contributing to a positive future. This is a positive outcome and we are extremely pleased. We want to extend our sincere appreciation to Cuba and to our team who worked so hard to help make this happen.”
Now that Cuba has given the green light to Carnival and probably other cruise lines in the future the first ship from Fathom will go ahead with cruises to Cuba from PortMiami, Florida. The first sailing to Cuba will depart from Miami on May 1, 2016 and will call at three ports in Cuba including the capital, Havana. The Adonia cruise ship will alternate week-long sailings between Cuba and the Dominican Republic.
Prices for seven-day itineraries to Cuba start at $1,800 per person, excluding Cuban visas, taxes, fees and port expenses and including all meals on the ship, onboard experiences and several on-the ground activities. Prices will vary by season.