Cuba is the must-see destination for meetings and incentive travel and the best time to travel there is now…by cruise ship, of course! So here’s great news for planners:
Norwegian Cruise Line and Royal Caribbean International recently announced new 4 & 5-night short cruises to Cuba.
Norwegian Cruise Line’s Norwegian Sky and Royal Caribbean’s Empress of the Seas Cuba cruises sail from Florida to the Bahamas or Caribbean with visits to Havana, and most sailing feature overnight stays in the vibrant capital city.
Both cruise lines designed their itineraries in accordance with current U.S. to Cuba travel regulations, and include cultural tours designed to immerse cruise guests in the architecture, cuisine, music, art and natural beauty of the island.
Norwegian Sky and Empress of the Seas each offer a variety of dining and entertainment options for your attendees, as well as complimentary meeting space and use of A.V.
But there are differences…so which ship is right for you?
That depends on your particular program requirements.
- Are you planning a 4-night or a 5-night cruise program?
- Do you need a day at sea for meetings and on board group events?
- Do your attendees prefer a variety of ports to explore, or more time in Havana?
- Would you like to include a complimentary beverage package that includes wine, beer, spirits and soft drinks?
- Does the ship size make a difference – a critical consideration for private charter?
Short Cruises to Cuba: Highlights & Points of Difference
Norwegian Cruise Line: Norwegian Sky – 2,004 guests
SAILING FROM MIAMI– June through December 2017
4 – Night Cruises (Mon-Fri)
Miami – Havana, Cuba (overnight) – Havana, Cuba – Great Stirrup Cay (private island), Bahamas – Miami
All 4-night sailings include an overnight in Havana. Itineraries also feature a full day visit to Great Stirrup Cay, Norwegian’s 250-acre private island paradise reserved only for Norwegian Cruise Line guests.
In Cuba: A selection of 15 half and full-day shore excursions include a farm-to-table dining experience, exploring the flora and fauna of Soroa, and touring historic Havana in an American classic car.
ABOUT NORWEGIAN SKY
Choices abound on Norwegian Sky, with 10 dining options, 12 bars and lounges, and some of the best entertainment at sea.
Complimentary beverages include cocktails, bottled & draft beer, wines by the glass and unlimited fountain soda and juices at all bars, lounges, restaurants, and Great Stirrup Cay.
Royal Caribbean Intl: Empress of the Seas – 1,602 guests
SAILING FROM TAMPA – April thru November 2017
4 – Nights: Tampa – Key West – Havana – Day at Sea – Tampa
5 – Nights: Tampa – Key West – Havana – Cozumel – Day at Sea – Tampa
5 – Nights: Tampa – Key West – Havana (overnight) – Havana – Day at Sea – Tampa
5 – Nights: Tampa – Day at Sea – Havana (overnight) – Havana – Day at Sea – Tampa
Your choice of 4 & 5-night cruises to Cuba – some 5-night itineraries include an overnight in Havana, while others feature a one-day visit and calls in Key West and/or Cozumel. All sailings include a full day at sea.
In Cuba: Excursions include a sightseeing tour of UNESCO World Heritage sites, a walking tour of old Havana to view the beautiful architecture, a visit to Cojimar, one of Hemingway’s favorite retreats, and an authentic Cuban lunch.
ABOUT EMPRESS OF THE SEAS
The newly upgraded Empress of the Seas offers fast pier-to-ship boarding with earlier boarding times of 11:00 a.m. Your group can linger over daily ‘Sunday’ brunches served with a complimentary mimosa or Bloody Mary, enjoy flexible dining in multiple venues, and meet up for live music and late-night dancing in the new Boleros Latin Lounge.
Empress of the Seas offers Voom, the fastest internet at sea, so no worries about staying connected during your cruise.