Long forbidden for U.S. travelers, Cuba is one of the most coveted cruise destinations for incentive groups. What could be motivating than being among the first to visit this exotic Caribbean island with its unspoiled tropical beaches, 6 UNESCO World Heritage Sites, and colorful, vibrant culture?
Planners are ready to explore incentive cruises to Cuba, but ships & itineraries have been extremely limited – especially for upscale groups. But all that is about to change! This just happened:
More Ship Options for Incentive Cruises to Cuba
Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings (NCLH)
The Cuban government gave the green light for all three NCLH brands – Norwegian Cruise Line, Oceania Cruises, and Regent Seven Seas – to begin cruising to Cuba in 2017.
- Oceania Cruises’ ultra-premium, mid-sized (1250 guest) Oceania Marina will be the first NCLH ship to sail to Cuba from PortMiami on March 7, 2017. Select Caribbean itineraries will feature calls on Havana, including many multiple-day calls to allow in-depth exploration.
- Luxury brand Regent Seven Seas’ all-inclusive, 700-guest Regent Seven Seas Mariner will visit Havana during two cruises in April 2017.
- Norwegian Cruise Line’s contemporary “floating resort” Norwegian Sky (2004 guests) will also offer a selection of four-day voyages that overnight in Havana in May 2017.
Each ship will feature authentic Cuban experiences with a selection of shore excursions that explore the people, art, history and culture of the island, in compliance with current U.S. Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) regulations.
Royal Caribbean Cruises(RCCL)
RCCL also received government approval for both brands – Royal Caribbean International and Azamara Club Cruises – to begin sailing to Cuba. The cruise company plans to offer multiple itineraries from Florida to Havana, with specific details to be announced soon.
- Freshly renovated 1,840-passenger Empress of the Seas will be Royal Caribbean’s first ship to visit Cuba. A five-night sailing will depart Miami on April 19, 2017. Empress of the Seas will then homeport in Tampa for the 2017 summer season and offer a series of four- and five-night sailings, including port calls in Cuba.You can read about my recent ship visit to the “new” Empress of the Seas.
- Ultra-premium Azamara Club Cruises has also been approved for Cuba sailings. We’re eagerly awaiting more details the ship and itinerary; either elegant, mid-sized vessel (Azamara Journey or Azamara Quest) would be an ideal venue for upscale incentive cruises to Cuba
Both Royal Caribbean International and Azamara Club Cruises will provide culturally-rich “people-to-people” exchanges between guests and Cuban citizens in compliance with current U.S. to Cuba travel regulations.
Charter a Ship for Your Incentive Cruise to Cuba
Do you want to make your incentive cruise to Cuba even more motivating and memorable? Charter a ship for a completely customized and private experience! All the ships mentioned above are perfectly sized for exclusive charter.