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On the heels of the news that Royal Caribbean International has been granted approval to offer cruises to Cuba, Port Tampa Bay is pleased that Royal Caribbean International will offer cruises to Cuba on a newly announced service from Tampa beginning April 30, 2017. The recently revitalized Empress of the Seas will homeport in Tampa for the 2017 summer season – the cruise line’s first ever summer program from Tampa – offering a series of four- and five-night sailings including port calls to destinations in Cuba. Details of the summer itineraries will be released at a later date.
Tampa Officials Say
“This is truly historic for Port Tampa Bay to have cruises to Cuba and we are thrilled that Royal Caribbean has chosen Port Tampa Bay to offer the largest ship to sail to Cuba from the United States,” Paul Anderson, port president and CEO, said. “Royal Caribbean guests will have the opportunity to sail out of Port Tampa Bay all year long for the very first time,” he said.
Three Ships in Tampa
The Empress of the Seas will join the 2,543-passenger, Brilliance of the Seas, and 2,416-passenger, Rhapsody of the Seas for 2017. The three ships will offer a variety of four-, five- and seven-day itineraries. She will arrive in Tampa on April, 30, 2017 and start the season with a seven-day cruise, and then finish the season with a variety of four- and five-day itineraries.
Source: Port of Tampa
Photo: Royal Caribbean