More than a year after sister brand Fathom began cruising between the United States and the politically and socially isolated haven of Cuba, group patriarch brand Carnival Cruise Line has declared it will join the fray itself.
At the same time as Fathom ceases to exist as an ocean-going brand in its own right, Carnival will begin sailing from the Port of Tampa on Florida’s west coast from 29 June 2017. A series of four-night cruises will include a daytime and overnight in the Cuban capital of Havana, while alternating five-night voyages will spend the same amount of time in Havana while also taking guests to either Cozumel, Mexico or Key West on the southern US tip.
Cruises will be run by the 2,052-passenger Carnival Paradise, which will become the largest ship deployed to Cuba by the line. During days at sea, the ship offers the usual array of fun activities & amenities offered by Carnival ships including two full-service main dining rooms. The ship boasts an enormous Spa Carnival health and wellness facility and a Serenity lounge. Paradise also offers four swimming pools and a 35-metre water slide.
A full complement of family entertainment will feature onboard including the ‘Seuss at Sea’ program complete with Green Eggs & Ham character breakfast with The Cat In The Hat as part of the normal Camp Ocean Kids Club.
“The opportunity to visit Havana, combined with the fun, relaxed ambiance and wide variety of amenities and features offered on Carnival Paradise, will make for a truly one-of-a-kind holiday experience,” Carnival Cruise Line president Christine Duffy commented.
A variety of shore excursions will be developed for guests to purchase onboard, offering a chance to venture deep into Cuban culture to explore the colourful and vibrant energy of the city, engage with the island’s friendly people and wander among centuries-old architecture, while travelling in comfort and returning directly to the ship at the end of the tour.
Itineraries will run regularly through to the middle of October during the off-peak Caribbean summer, with another scheduled for May 2018. At this stage no more have been scheduled past this, however this may change based on customer demand for the line’s new product.