Carnival reveals the ports of call for their soon-to-come Cuba cruises

Posted: 01-Oct-15 13:35

The final stops in Carnival Cruises' itinerary for their new Cuba cruises have been finally unveiled and will include Cienfuegos and Santiago de Cuba in addition to Havana. This trio of colonial cities will give visitors an in-depth insight into Cuba's colonial heritage as well as allowing them to immerse in the local culture and traditions. The revelation of Carnival's Cuba Cruise itinerary was made yesterday by the cruising company while they're still in talks with the Cuban government to finalise approval.

Carnival reveals the ports of call for their soon-to-come Cuba cruises

The new Cuba cruises planned by cruiser company Carnival, under their new social responsible brand Fathom, have moved onto the finalisation stages as they reveal the official ports of call where this new sailing trip will be stopping at in the "recently opened" Caribbean nation.

During a release issued by Carnival yesterday it was revealed that the new Fathom vessel soon to be docking at Cuba’s ports will be sailing along its archipelago and stopping at three of the country’s most iconic colonial cities: Havana, Cienfuegos and Santiago de Cuba.

The seven-day cruise has already been approved by the US government but is yet to gain final approval from the Cuban side.

Carnival also revealed that it was still currently working to finalise the approval from the Cuban government before making an official announcement regarding the cruise dates. Nevertheless the company has been quick to point out that the new cruises would set sail from May 2016. When talking about the new cruises to Cuba, Carnival explained that these sailing journeys would:

"...focus on supporting cultural exchange and economic development for the Cuban people and include a variety of artistic, educational and humanitarian activities."

The cruise’s travel itinerary also includes people-to-people encounters where cruise passengers would be meeting local entrepreneurs, artists, school children and a variety of other average day-to-day Cubans, ranging from the "Muraleando" community art project in the Lawton neighbourhood of Havana to a small and private organic farm as well as obligatory stops at colonial heritage sites of incredible cultural and historical value.

Carnival Cruises was one of the first cruising companies to dive right into the opening Cuban market shortly after relaxation of the previously strict travel rules, which were eased by Obama's administration at the start of January 2015. Many others have since followed suit, like Pearl Seas and Celestyal Cruises. Some even have vowed to soon start offering all-inclusive cruise trips to Cuba once regulations are further relaxed and the US' unpopular trade embargo law against Cuba is fully lifted.


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