HAVANA, Cuba, Tuesday December 13, 2016 – Norwegian and Royal Caribbean cruises have now got permission from the Cuban government to sail from the US to the Caribbean island.
Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings plans sailings on ships from two of its brands, Norwegian Cruise Line and Oceania. Both ships will include port calls in Havana as part of longer Caribbean itineraries. The Marina will sail from Miami on March 7 and Norwegian Sky will begin overnighting in Havana in spring 2017.
Royal Caribbean will also sail on two lines, Royal Caribbean International and Azamara Club Cruises.
In May, Carnival Corporation became the first US company in decades to sail to Cuba. Carnival’s Cuba trips take place on its Fathom brand, which alternates week-long trips to Cuba with week-long trips to the Dominican Republic.
All of these cruises are subject to US rules that ban pure tourism by American travelers to Cuba. Instead the cruises must be “people to people” trips themed on permitted categories of travel such as cultural exchanges.