Norwegian Cruise Line Brands Can Now Sail to Cuba
Regent Seven Seas Cruises, Ocean Cruises, and Norwegian Cruise Line will soon be calling in the port of Havana.
The Miami-based Norwegian Cruse Line Holdings Ltd., which has a combined fleet of 24 ships, received approval from the government of Cuba on Wednesday for all three of its brands—Regent Seven Seas Cruises, Oceania Cruises, and Norwegian Cruise Line—to call in the port of Havana as of March 2017.
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“We are tremendously excited to have not just one, but all three of our award-winning brands receive approval from the Cuban authorities to offer cruises to Cuba from the United States,” Frank Del Rio, president and chief executive officer of Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd., said in a statement. “As a Cuban-American and founder of Oceania Cruises, I am incredibly proud that one of Oceania’s vessels will be our company’s first to sail to Cuba.
“This is truly a dream come true for me and I cannot wait for our loyal guests to experience the sights and sounds of my hometown of Havana and get to know its rich culture and its warm and welcoming residents.”
Shore excursions in the port of Havana will focus on cultural exchange, the arts, and history, per current OFAC regulations. The first sailing to Cuba will leave from Miami on Oceania Cruises’ Marina on March 7, 2017.
Regent Seven Seas Mariner will begin visiting the destination in April, followed by Norwegian Sky, which will offer several four-days voyages in May.