All the details about cruise to Cuba, docking in Havana this week

Posted: 04-May-16 11:35

Setting sail for the very first time today, the first American-based cruise line headed to the island nation in more than three decades hints at what this voyage will entail. From added ports of call to an expanded destination across the globe, a recent interview with Carnival Cruise Line's CEO, Arnold Donald, gives a glimpse at what travellers can expect to see.

All the details about cruise to Cuba, docking in Havana this week

Poised to soon make history as it arrived in Cuba after its sailing journey from the U.S., an American-based cruise line revealed details last month about what’s to come in the near future. Sailing under the Fathom brand, Carnival Cruise Line launched the ship Adonia for its inaugural trip from the United States to Cuba on 1st May, the very first American cruise ship to make the trek in decades.

In a taped, sit-down interview with Susie Gharib posted on the Fortune Magazine website, Carnival CEO Arnold Donald says,

“We are really looking forward to making history and sailing into Havana.”

The first approved America-to-Cuba cruise to dock in decades (some sources mention that a cruise ship docked in the 70') was transporting 590 passengers, in what Donald calls a small, premium experience ship. While he declared in the interview that by the start of April 2016 the 1st May cruise was already booked almost to full capacity.

The CEO also told Fortune that he expected business to grow substantially over the near future, with someday soon having hundreds of ports of call in Cuba each year.

“In the U.S. there is some pent up curiosity, pent up desire to connect with the Cuban people and we look forward to being a small part, of being part of all that.”

As of now, though, he told Fortune that they will have cruises to Cuba every other week, with other stops in the large eastern city of Santiago and in Cienfuegos, along the southern coast. While this particular ship is relatively small, he says Havana already handles a couple of cruise ships from Europe each day, and he expects Carnival to expand, too. With ten brands under Carnival’s name, Donald foresees that all will want to have calls to Cuba.

While more Cuban cruises may be in the works, Donald adds that China too will continue to gain ground as a major destination when it comes to world travel. Already the world’s largest cruise line company, Carnival appears to be ahead of the pack in serving the Asian nation. Currently the larges cruise operator in China; Carnival operates six ships there and boasts it was the first to bring cruises to China.


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