Royal Caribbean has made its inaugural visit to Cuba, with the newly revitalised Empress of the Seas calling as part of a five-night sailing from Miami.
Adventure-seeking holidaymakers were among the first guests to explore the island country known for its legendary nightlife, iconic music and distinct culture.
Guests participated in curated excursions throughout Havana, including rides in 1950s classic American cars to the city’s most famous locales, such as the Old Quarter and the Havana Club Museum.
Michael Bayley, president, Royal Caribbean International said: “We’re thrilled to be a part of Cuba’s future, ushering in Royal Caribbean’s next big adventure with Empress of the Seas’ first visit to Havana.
“Holidaymakers will now be able to experience a destination like no other, with authentic and immersive experiences that bring to life the vibrancy of Havana and its traditions.”
The vibrant Cuban culture extends beyond land to the experience on-board Empress of the Seas.
From cortaditos and café con leche in Café Royal, to salsa music and dancing in Boleros Latin lounge, guests will enjoy a range of on-board activities designed to bring the spirit of the island to life throughout the entire journey.
After returning to Miami, Empress of the Seas will reposition to Tampa, Florida, for the summer season – Royal Caribbean’s first ever summer programme from the destination – offering a series of four, five and six-night sailings, including day and overnight visits to Havana, along with stops in Key West and Belize City, as well as Costa Maya and Cozumel.