HAVANA, Abril 5th Norwegian Cruise Line announces 33 Miami-to-Cuba trips for 2018 cruise season most of the trips with overnight calls in Havana.
Norwegian, owned by Miami-based Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd. (Nasdaq: NCLH), will begin hosting the four-day roundtrips from PortMiami at the start of the 2018 cruise season March 26, 2018 on the Norwegian Sky. The newly announced trips are in addition to the 30 calls Norwegian will offer through December 2017.
“Cuba is a spectacular destination and we are seeing incredible demand from our guests to experience the beautiful and cultural-rich city of Havana and her warm and friendly people,” said Andy Stuart, president and CEO of Norwegian Cruise Line. “We are excited to provide even more opportunities for our guests to experience this incredible destination into 2018.”
Cruisers can travel to Cuba on Norwegian’s ships as cultural visitors instead of tourists because the U.S. embargo against the country still prevents American tourism to the island. The cruise line offers 15 half and full-day Office of Foreign Assets Control-compliant shore excursions. Sales for the cruises open April 20.
Norwegian is adding trips to Cuba as airlines are dropping their routes between South Florida and the island nation. Fort Lauderdale-based Silver Airways will drop its flights to Cuba because the airline said there’s not enough demand. Denver-based Frontier Airlines will do the same.
Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings operates Norwegian Cruise Line, Oceania Cruises and Regent Seven Seas Cruises brands. It has a combined fleet of 24 ships in operation and another eight ships sailing by 2025.