Oceania Cruises rolls out 10 new Cuba sailings in 2018

Marina pictured during Oceania Cruises' inaugural Havana arrival on March 9 Marina pictured during Oceania Cruises' inaugural Havana arrival on March 9 (Photo: Oceania Cruises)

Oceania Cruises announced 10 new journeys to Cuba in 2018. All sail round-trip PortMiami. Itineraries range from seven to 10 days; all visit Havana, Cienfuegos and Santiago de Cuba.

Some add the private Bahamian island Great Stirrup Cay and/or Nassau, Freeport, Cozumel and/or more unusual destinations like Port Antonio, Jamaica, and Punta Cana, Dominican Republic.

All the sailings comply with current US government regulations.

'I recently had the pleasure of sailing on Marina’s first voyage to Cuba, and the best way to get an insider’s view of Cuba is to be immersed in the culture and everyday lives of the people— meaningful cultural insights that invite you to experience the real Cuba,' said Bob Binder, president and ceo, Oceania Cruises, who said these sailings do exactly that.

The cruises will be operated by 684-passenger Sirena, and will feature a wide array of authentic Cuban dishes in addition to the Continental fare offered at the ship's four open-seating, gourmet restaurants. Experts will deliver on-board lectures on Cuban history, art and music.

In 2018, Sirena's May 11 cruise also visits Great Stirrup Cay and Freeport, while the May 20 sailing calls at Great Stirrup Cay in addition to the Cuba ports. The June 13 cruise adds Great Stirrup Cay and Punta Cana. The Sept. 16 trip includes Great Stirrup Cay, while the Oct. 10 departure adds Nassau and Port Antonio. And the Oct. 26 cruise includes Great Stirrup Cay and Cozumel.

In addition to the new sailings, Oceania Cruises recently added six Cuba journeys aboard Insignia in autumn 2017 and calls at Havana on four Regatta sailings in the spring and autumn of 2018. All told, the line will offer 20 voyages to Cuba from autumn 2017 through autumn 2018.

Oceania's Cuba brochure is here.

Posted 23 March 2017

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Anne Kalosh

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