Royal Caribbean Opens Sailings to Cuba


Royal Caribbean International has opened bookings for its newly announced Cuba sailings.

The newly revitalized Empress of the Seas will make history for the cruise line with its first visit to Cuba during a five-night sailing departing Miami on April 19. The ship will then reposition to Tampa offering two itineraries with calls to Havana on April 30 (seven-night sailing) and May 20 (five-night sailing).

Empress of the Seas will homeport in Tampa for the 2017 summer season – the cruise line’s first-ever summer program from the destination – offering a series of four- and five-night sailings, including port calls to destinations in Cuba. Details of the summer itineraries will be released at a later date.

While in Cuba, guests will get to explore Old Havana – a UNESCO World Heritage site – some of the city’s most notable squares, historic neighbourhoods, a local artisan market, Havana’s rum museum, as well as Hemingway’s former residence and favourite haunts. Local experts will immerse guests in the history, culture and people of Cuba.

The vibrant culture will extend onboard Empress of the Seas as well. From cortaditos and café con leche in Café Royal to salsa music, guests will have a range of onboard activities developed to bring the spirit of the island to life during the entire journey.