It's official: Carnival Corp. will be the first cruise company in more than five decades to sail a U.S. cruise ship to Cuba. There are still spots available on the historic first sailing. "Today we made history," Chief Executive Arnold Donald said Monday in a media call from Havana, Cuba. The news came during President Obama's historic three-day visit to the island nation Arnold says its first Fathom cruise (which is spells with a lowercase "f") to Cuba will leave Miami on May 1. It will stop at Havana, Cienfuegos and Santiago de Cuba with immersion activities onboard and on land.
The eight-day voyage, which departs from Miami on Dec. 30, includes port stops in Jamaica, the Cayman Islands, Mexico and the Bahamas. Guests will celebrate with a New Year's Eve dinner, then head to the pool deck for a dance party, a countdown to midnight and Champagne. In addition, there will be a New Year's Day lunch as well as cocktails to toast the occasion. For those traveling with children, MSC Cruises is extending the kids' club hours and offering free babysitting so parents are free to enjoy New Year's celebrations. Prices: From $1,138 per person, double occupancy; includes accommodations, transportation, entertainment, meals and activities.
Carnival Cruises announced Monday the first U.S. cruise to Cuba in decades will be on May 1, 2016. The cruise company had announced plans to schedule trips to Cuba last year, but has only just received permission from the Cuban government. "We will be the first cruise line from the U.S. in over half a century to sail to Cuba," Carnival Corporation CEO Arnold Donald said. "This is a historic opportunity, and we know there is pent-up demand amongst Americans who want to experience Cuba." In Cuba, the cruises will stop at three ports, in Havana, Cienfuegos and Santiago de Cuba.