Royal Caribbean opens first year-long program to Cuba
Royal Caribbean is giving travellers more opportunities than ever to explore the vibrant island destination of Cuba with new sailings to Havana on Empress of the Seas. The newly refreshed ship will sail 58 cruises of four- and five-night itineraries from January 2018 through March 2019, more than half of which will offer overnight stays in the culturally vibrant city. Empress’ Western Caribbean and Havana sailings are now open for booking.
“Since arriving in Cuba for the first time last month, we’ve seen the excitement of our guests when sailing into Havana and the passion they have for the city at sail away – its people, its architecture, its food, its music. This is the enthusiasm we strive to bring to our guests,” said Michael Bayley, President and CEO, Royal Caribbean International. “The positive reaction to our Cuba sailings is very encouraging, and we are thrilled to expand on the number of sailings for our 2018/2019 itineraries.”
Empress of the Seas will return to Tampa for the northern summer of 2018, offering a series of four- and five-night cruises, calling to Key West in Florida, Costa Maya and Cozumel in Mexico, as well as Havana, Cuba on most sailings. The ship will reposition to Port Everglades in Fort Lauderdale, Florida for the northern winter 2018/2019 season, continuing short Caribbean adventures to the Caribbean destinations. Currently, Empress sails from Tampa through 4 November 2017. The ship then returns to Miami for the northern winter 2017/2018 season, adding calls to Royal Caribbean’s private island destination CocoCay and Nassau in The Bahamas.
The vibrant Cuban culture extends beyond land to the experience on board Empress of the Seas. From cortaditos and café con leche in Café Royal to salsa music and dancing in Boleros Latin lounge, guests can enjoy a range of onboard activities developed to bring the spirit of the island to life throughout the entire journey.
Empress of the Seas spans 11 guest decks, encompasses 48,563 gross registered tons, carries 1,602 guests at double occupancy and features 795 staterooms.