The Royal Caribbean cruise company, based in Miami, announced Friday that it will double its operations in Cuba with the addition of two ships and two new destinations, Santiago de Cuba and Cienfuegos.
On board the Majesty of the Seas and the Empress of the Seas, the line will seek to expand the experiences of its customers so that they “immerse themselves in the culture and history of the vibrant island” with a visit to its ports on the south coast .
According to a note published on its digital portal, the historical centers of Havana, Cienfuegos and Santiago de Cuba will be between four to eight nights on board the Empress of the Seas, reservations that began to be commercialized this Thursday.
With departures from Miami throughout the year, Royal packages include seven-night itineraries with stops in Cienfuegos, Havana and Nassau, Bahamas; and five nights with visits to Key West, Florida, and the Cuban capital.
The line also proposes an eight-night tour through Cienfuegos, Santiago de Cuba, Grand Cayman and Labadee, Haiti.
“All trips to Cuba will offer shore excursions designed for guests to experience the destination and meet the requirement of person-to-person educational exchange activities as established by US regulations,” reads the note.
The Majesty of the Seas will continue with the four and five night offers to Havana, which include day and night stays, departing from Tampa from April to October, and from Fort Lauderdale from November 2018 to March 2019.
“We can not wait to visit Santiago de Cuba and Cienfuegos next year, showing even more of the scenic beauty, rich history and distinctive architecture of the country,” said Royal Caribbean International CEO Michael Bayley.
According to the Cubadebate portal, the firm was one of 12 participants in the two-day meeting that the International Cruise Lines Association held this week in Havana.
During that meeting, the industry leaders highlighted the benefits of Cuba for the development of this recreational modality and described as fantastic the experience of bringing passengers to the Caribbean island, according to the report.
In addition to Royal Caribbean, companies such as American Cruise Line, Virgin Voyager, Carnival Corporation and Pic, Holland American Line and Norwegian Cruises Linea Holgings attended.