Carnival Corporation & plc conducted a media conference call this morning, April 22, to announce that all plans are a go for cruises from the U.S. to Cuba. Any l traveler, including those born in Cuba will be able to book passage on the line’s week-long voyages to formerly travel-embargoed island nation. Carnival Corporation said that it has worked closely with Cuba to allow its cruise ships to operate in a similar manner as current air charter operations to Cuba, starting with its historic inaugural voyage on May 1, 2016. We made history in March, and we are a part of making history again today,” said Arnold Donald, CEO of Carnival Corporation. “More importantly, we are contributing to a positive future. This is a positive outcome and we are extremely pleased. We want to extend our sincere appreciation to Cuba and to our team who worked so hard to help make this happen.” We have already seen tremendous interest in the incredible Cuba journey we have put together, and we are ecstatic that this historic opportunity is open to everyone who wants to travel to Cuba,” said Tara Russell, president of Fathom and global impact lead for Carnival Corporation.
Russell later added: “Our guests will visit three beautiful and unique destinations on the island all in one week, with the convenience of only having to unpack once while we sail on the Fathom Adonia, our premium small ship with its excellent and diverse dining, service and accommodations. We are looking forward to treating Fathom travelers to an unforgettable experience.”
Last week, in anticipation of this positive outcome, Carnival Corporation announced its new Fathom brand was accepting bookings to Cuba from all travelers, including individuals born in Cuba. Fathom’s 704-passenger Adonia luxury cruise ship will begin sailing to Cuba every other week, marking the first time in over 50 years that a cruise ship has been able to sail from the U.S. to Cuba, as well as the first time in decades that Cuban-born individuals will be able to sail to and from Cuba.
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Carnival’s Fathom seven-day sailings our of PortMiami will visit Havana, Cienfuegos and Santiago de Cuba, three ports of call for which Carnival Corporation has obtained berthing approval. The historic voyages will be on board the Adonia where passengers can elect to join in on onboard experiences, including Cuban- and Caribbean-inspired food and films, music and dancing, and special activities that cover many interests, ranging from an orientation of Cuba’s history, customs and culture, to geographic-inspired entertainment, to casual and fun personal enrichment activities, along with conversational Spanish lessons.
Fares for these milestone cruises start at $1,800 per person, excluding Cuban visas, taxes, fees and port expenses and including all meals on the ship, onboard experiences and several on-the ground activities. Prices will vary by season. To book a future sailing you should contact a travel professional or call 1-855-9Fathom. Visit Fathom’s “Cruise to Cuba” page to learn more about the brand’s weeklong itineraries to Cuba.