Havana comes in from the cold

havana-live-Alamy HAVANA, 5 January  The US government’s historic agreement to end more than 50 years of diplomatic freeze between the two countries has put Cuba firmly on the travel bucket list.

Carnival Corporation CEO Arnold Donald is already planning to change Caribbean itineraries to include Havana, as soon as US cruise ships are permitted to sail in Cuban waters. Move quickly if you want to enjoy the country’s colonial architecture, culture and retro cars before commercialisation takes hold.

A handful of UK cruise lines already sail to Cuba, including Star Clippers (starclippers.co.uk) and Thomson (thomson.co.uk/cruise), as does Canada based Cuba Cruise (yourcubacruise.com) which has just started its second winter season of voyages circumnavigating the island (a seven-night voyage visits Cienfuegos and Santiago de Cuba and also Montego Bay in Jamaica, from C$782/£432 per person cruise-only, departing March 2).
Avalon has introduced a 12-day Cuban Explorer Cruise (from £1,428 per person) that twins a seven-night cruise on board the three-diamond rated Louis Cristal cruise ship with a three-day stay in Havana. Other cruise companies heading to Havana this year include Noble Caledonia (noble-caledonia.co.uk), Fred Olsen (fredolsencruises.com) and Voyages of Discovery (voyagesofdiscovery.co.uk) which will be in Havana for two days in January 2016.