Royal Caribbean opens first year-long programme to Cuba

Royal Caribbean opens first year-long programme to Cuba

Expanded sailings introduce 58 new cruises, including 28 Havana overnights through to March 2019

The cruise line is giving adventure-seekers more opportunities than ever to explore the vibrant island destination of Cuba, with new sailings to Havana on Empress of the SeasRoyal Caribbean’s newly refreshed ship will sail 58 cruises of 4 and 5-night itineraries from January 2018 through to March 2019; more than half offering overnight stays in the culturally vibrant city. Empress’ Western Caribbean and Havana sailings are now open for bookings.

“Since arriving in Cuba for the first-time last month, we’ve seen the excitement of our guests when sailing into Havana and the passion they have for the city at sail away – its people, its architecture, its food, its music. This is the enthusiasm we strive to bring to adventure-seekers who holiday with us,” said Michael Bayley, President and CEO, Royal Caribbean International. “The positive reaction to our Cuba sailings is very encouraging, and we are thrilled to expand on the number of sailings for our 2018-2019 itineraries.”

Empress of the Seas will return to Tampa for the 2018 summer season, offering a series of 4 and 5-night cruises, calling on Key West, Florida and Costa Maya and Cozumel, Mexico, as well as Havana, Cuba on most sailings. The ship will reposition to Port Everglades in Fort Lauderdale, Florida for the winter 2018-2019 season, continuing short Caribbean adventures to the Caribbean destinations. Currently, Empress is sailing from Tampa, Florida until the 4th November 2017. The ship then returns to Miami for the winter 2017-2018 season, adding calls to Royal Caribbean’s private island destination, CocoCay, and Nassau in The Bahamas.

The vibrant Cuban culture extends beyond land to the experience on board Empress of the Seas. From cortaditos and café con leche in Café Royal, to salsa music and dancing in Boleros Latin lounge, guests can enjoy a range of onboard activities developed to bring the spirit of the island to life throughout the entire journey.

Empress of the Seas spans 11 guest decks, encompasses 48,563 gross registered tons, carries 1,602 guests at double occupancy and features 795 staterooms.

 

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