Celestyal Cruises launches new year-round cruises around Cuba

Posted: 19-Nov-16 11:08

Celestyal Cruises is now offering year-round sailings to Cuba starting from the 2016/2017 season. The cruise line is offering an all-inclusive experience for holidaymakers, and the sailings will include stops at the island’s historic cities like Havana, Santiago de Cuba and Cienfuegos, as well as excursions to cigar factories, UNESCO World Heritage sites and beautiful beaches.

Celestyal Cruises launches new year-round cruises around Cuba

Celestyal Cruises has launched all-year-round sailings to Cuba that circumnavigate the Caribbean island. The seven-day cruise will start in the 2016/2017 season, and will offer passengers an all-inclusive experience.

Holidaymakers can embark in Havana or Montego Bay, before setting off on a journey that will highlight some more unique aspects of Cuba, and allowing them to discover its history and culture. The trip will include stops at historic cities including the capital Havana, Santiago de Cuba and Cienfuegos.

Christine Chiang, the Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Canada Celestyal Cruises,stated:

“Celestyal Cruises will now be offering year-round sailings in Cuba for the 2016-2017 season. We’ve had continued response from travellers who want a different way to see Cuba.”

During the trip, there will be excursions to UNESCO World Heritage sites including Old Havana and San Pedro de la Roca Castle. Holidaymakers can also enjoy rum tastings, visits to cigar factories, and relaxing days at the beautiful Punta Frances beach, known as the Isle of Youth.

Whilst on board the vessel, passengers can enjoy delicious Cuban and Caribbean culinary delights, wireless internet, and entertainment from various artists including Cirque Fantastique, which is led by Marie-Josee Levesque, a former member of the renowned Cirque du Soleil.
Celestyal Cruises is the only cruise company in Greece and it has been operating sailings for more than 30 years. The company offers cruises around Greece, Turkey, Cuba, and other destinations.

Since the United States and Cuba resumed diplomatic relations, Cuba has received an increase in American travellers. As a result, more cruise lines are offering cultural tours of this beautiful island that has been off limits for more than five decades.

According to recent report from the National Bureau of Statistics and Information (ONEI), in the first six months of 2016, Cuba recorded a 61.2 per cent increase in American visitors. This number is set to grow over the forthcoming high season, and the United States is now the third-largest source market for Cuba.

The country’s infrastructure is under development to keep up with the increasing tourist numbers, and between 2016 and 2030, more than 220 new hotels are expected to be built in various destinations across Cuba. Many of these hotels will be constructed in main cities like Havana, and there will be new hotels that focus on ecotourism and health tourism located in regions and surrounded by natural beauty. 


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