DECEMBER 8, 2016 — Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd. (Nasdaq:NCLH) says that its 1,250 passenger Oceania Cruises brand ship Marina will sail from Port Miami, March 7, 2017, with select Caribbean itineraries featuring calls on Havana, Cuba, including many multiple-day calls to allow guests to explore Havana and its environs.
NCLH has received approval from the government of the Republic of Cuba to operate cruises to Cuba, beginning March 2017. All three of the company’s brands: Norwegian Cruise Line, Oceania Cruises and Regent Seven Seas Cruises, will offer U.S. travelers the opportunity to visit Cuba on select sailings starting next year.
In addition to the Oceania Cruises Marina, the 700 passenger Seven Seas Mariner, of the Regent Seven Seas Cruises fleet, will call on Havana during two cruises in April 2017. The 2,004 passenger Norwegian Sky will also offer a selection of four-day voyages that will overnight in Havana in May 2017.
We are tremendously excited to have all three of our award-winning brands receive approval from the Cuban authorities to offer cruises to Cuba from the United States,” said Frank Del Rio, president and chief executive officer of Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd. “As a Cuban-American and founder of Oceania Cruises, I am incredibly proud that one of Oceania’s vessels will be our company’s first to sail to Cuba. This is truly a dream come true for me, and I cannot wait for our loyal guests to experience the sights and sounds of my hometown of Havana and get to know its rich culture and its warm and welcoming residents.”
Guests sailing on all three brands will have a selection of shore excursions to choose from, all of which offer an authentic Cuban experience that explores the people, art, history and culture of the island, which are in compliance with OFAC regulations.