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Royal Caribbean International and Azamara Club Cruises Start Sailing To Cuba In 2017

December 14, 2016 Cruise No Comments Email Email

Royal Caribbean Cruises Limited has announced it has been approved by the Cuban government and will start with sailings to the Caribbean island on Royal Caribbean International as early as April 2017 Azamara Club Cruises’ sailings soon to be announced.

The first itinerary will be on board the newly revitalised Royal Caribbean Empress of the Seas with a five-night sailing from Miami on 17 April, followed by departures from Tampa on 30 April and 20 May 2017, with full itineraries to be released soon. The largest ship to sail to Cuba from the United States, Empress will provide holiday-makers with the opportunity to discover the timeless sights, sounds and culture of this exciting island nation with especially curated “people-to-people” holidays that will immerse passengers in the natural beauty of Cuba, its architecture, cuisine, music and art.

“Our guests have expressed real interest in having the opportunity to experience Cuba, and we look forward to bringing them there,” said Richard D. Fain, chairman and chief executive officer of Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd.

The Empress of the Seas, is fitted with Cuban themed elements from salsa music in the Boleros Latin lounge as well as sequined and feathered Broadway-style shows and aromatic cortaditos and café con leche in Café Royal to enjoy in between all the dancing and fun.

Along with favourite Royal Caribbean activities and dining onboard including the refurbished Casino Royale plus five bar and lounges, the Windjammer café featuring dishes from around the globe and Chops Grille for premium steak at sea, there are activities for everyone to enjoy. Kids will be occupied with the complimentary Adventure Ocean youth program for endless hours of fun, thrill-seekers will appreciate the exciting rock climbing wall while the Vitality Spa and adults-only Solarium allows guests to unwind and rejuvenate with an extensive treatment menu for head-to-toe relaxation.

Local experts will guide travellers around Old Havana – a UNESCO World Heritage site – spoiled with historic neighbourhoods, local artisan markets, Havana’s very own rum museum and Finca La Vigia, Hemingway’s former residence all of which makes Cuba the gem of the Caribbean.

The new sailing on Empress of the Seas provides travellers with more opportunities to sample the unique Royal Caribbean experience from Tampa.  Royal Caribbean Cruises will offer more Caribbean itineraries on boardBrilliance of the Seas and Rhapsody of the Seas and Azamara Club Cruises from Tampa later in the year.

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