Regent Seven Seas Cruises Details First Luxury Voyages to Cuba

gallery_masterHAVANA, Dec. 21 Not long after originally announcing that all three of Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Limited’s brands would soon be sailing to Cuba after receiving approval, luxury line Regent Seven Seas Cruises has detailed its initialcruises to the booming Caribbean destination.

In April 2017, the Seven Seas mariner will embark on two roundtrip voyages to Havana from Miami, Florida. The weeklong itineraries will feature an overnight stay at the capital city to maximize the experience with Regent’s all-inclusive tours.

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“We’re excited to be the first luxury cruise line to offer voyages to Cuba, a destination our guests have dreamt of visiting,” said Jason Montague, president and chief executive officer of Regent Seven Seas Cruises. “With our industry-leading all-inclusive luxury experience, guests will be able to enjoy the wonders of Havana with a robust selection of free, unlimited shore excursions, all of which meet the people-to-people guidelines established by OFAC.”

In compliance with the Office of Foreign Assets Control’s (OFAC) regulations, excursions will feature the people, music, art, history and culture of the country, and lecturers will additionally present the historic Cuban experience then and now, as well as into the future.

While Havana will be the only Cuban port-of-call visited along the voyage, a stop at Costa Maya, Mexico ensures added variety, but the most exciting port besides the overnight is likely to be Harvest Caye, Belize. The new destination developed by corporate cousin Norwegian Cruise Line is set to be available to all of the company’s ships, also including the Oceania Cruises fleet.

This means the included beach and pool facilities will be open to Regent guests as well as private pool cabanas and beach villas for rent. The island’s access to the nearby mainland for bonus shore excursions will likely be available as part of the luxury line’s included tour program also.

If there is one surprise from all of this, it’s that Havana combined with Harvest Caye can only be reserved for now on two departures: April 11 and 18, 2017. At this time, it’s not known whether or not the cruise line nor Norwegian corporately will receive approval to continue to sail to Cuba beyond such a limited window.

Until now, only Carnival Corporation’s Fathom cruise line has been granted approval to sail to Cuba regularly, every other week, from Florida, but that agreement is scheduled to expire come May 2017. Among mainstream sailings, limited access to the island nation has also been extended to two of Royal Caribbean Cruises Limited’s brands while Carnival Corp. seeks an extension for its other lines as well.