Norwegian Cruise Line’s first ship to sail to Cuba made her maiden call in the capital city of Havana this morning. Norwegian Sky sailed into port, and cruise line executives were onboard to celebrate, including Frank Del Rio and Norwegian Cruise Line president Andy Stuart.
“Today is a momentous day for Norwegian Cruise Line, our guests and our travel agent partners, as we open our doors to Cuba’s natural beauty, warm people and historical treasures,” said Frank Del Rio, president and CEO for Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings. “Sailing into the Havana Harbor today, we were welcomed by the Cuban people with open arms and excitement to share their incredible culture with our guests.”
Today’s call was the first of Norwegian Sky‘s weekly roundtrip cruises from Miami to Cuba. The vessel will operate a total of 53 four-day voyages there, with 52 including an overnight stay in the culturally-rich Havana. Sky will bring guests to the heart of the city, offering them the chance to visit sites such as Old Havana, view art and listen to the vibrant local music scene, and visit with Cuba’s friendly residents through people-to-people exchanges. The cruise line offers a selection of 14 half and full-day OFAC-compliant shore excursions where there is an adventure to be had for every age and interest group.
The all-inclusive Norwegian Sky – the only one in the fleet that includes beverages in the price of the cruise – will also call on Great Stirrup Cay during her four-day Cuba cruises. Great Stirrup Cay is Norwegian’s private island that boasts white sand beaches, clear waters, beachside cabanas, and fun water sports. It was also recently enhanced to offer new seating and lounge areas and a private luxury lagoon for suite and The Haven guests.