Carnival (http://companies.bizjournals.com/profile/carnival-cruise-lines/155489/) Cruise Line has scheduled 17 new sailings to Cuba from Miami in 2019.
The Doral-based line will offer the five-day, round-trip voyages aboard the Carnival Sensation, a 2,052-passenger ship that underwent a multimillion-dollar renovation last year. The itineraries, announced Tuesday, include a day-long call in Havana, with stops at popular Caribbean and Bahamian ports.
The new voyages:
Four five-day sailings to Havana and Grand Turk departing May 20, Sept. 9, Nov. 18 and Dec. 16.
Five five-day voyages featuring Havana, Nassau and Half Moon Cay departing June 17, July 15, Aug. 12, Sept. 23 and Nov. 4.
One five-day cruise to Havana, Nassau and Princess Cay departing April 22.
Seven five-day cruises to Havana and Grand Cayman departing May 6, June 3, July 1 and 29, Aug. 26, Oct. 7 and Dec. 2.
U.S. tourism to Cuba is still restricted, but the sailings comply with U.S. Department of Treasury regulations, Carnival said. Travelers can choose from among 20 shore excursions that showcase the island's culture, including trivia contests and salsa lessons. Carnival also offers cruises to Cuba from Tampa aboard the Carnival Paradise.
Carnival Corp. (NYSE: CCL), Carnival Cruise Line's parent company, was the first U.S. cruise company in more than 50 years to transport American passengers to Cuba during its historic voyage to the island May 1, 2016.
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