The Miami-based Norwegian Cruise Line will expand its lineup of Cuba cruises in 2018 with new sailings out of Port Canaveral, Fla. The 1,936-passenger Norwegian Sun –originally scheduled to spend next year’s summer in Alaska- would re-position to the afore mentioned port town to operate the voyages to the island.
So far, Norwegian has offered cruises to Cuba out of Miami since May on the 2,004-passenger Norwegian Sky. The upcoming line will be four-night trips that include stops in Havana as well as Key West, Fla. They'll take place every week during the summer of 2018 with departures on Mondays. The first trip is scheduled for May 7, 2018.
Accord to company sources, Norwegian Sun will operate three-night cruises out of Port Canaveral to the Bahamas that begin every Friday. Norwegian is one of half a dozen cruise lines that have begun sailing from United States to Cuba. For example, Oceania Cruises and Azamara Club Cruises opened the route, followed by Royal Caribbean, Regent Seven Seas Cruises and Carnival.
The ambition of sailing to Cuba began way before presidents Barack Obama and Raul Castro started to defrost the long-time iced relationship between Washington and Havana. Some feared that President Donald Trump’s hostility toward Cuban government woukd damage the process, but so far there’s no significant impact on cruises.