(9:50 a.m. EST) -- More Cuba visits are on the horizon for Oceania Cruises. The luxury line owned by Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd. has revealed a series of new departures for fall 2017.
Oceania's Insignia will sail six Cuba itineraries from Miami in November and December. The cruises will range from six to 13 nights and include the line's first calls to Cienfuegos and Santiago de Cuba; they also will visit Havana. Oceania's Marina will offer the line's first calls to Havana on select Caribbean sailings from Miami, beginning March 7.
"There is tremendous demand from consumers for voyages to Cuba and our inaugural voyages to the island have been a sell-out success," said Bob Binder, President & CEO of Oceania Cruises. "An Oceania Cruises voyage is the best way to experience all Cuba has to offer with nine UNESCO World Heritage Sites, warm and welcoming people, and a burgeoning culinary scene."
Here's a breakdown of the new itineraries. (Note: Two dates are available for Timeless Cuba.)
Panoramic Caribbean: Ten nights from Miami visiting Havana (two days); Roatan, Honduras; Santo Tomas, Guatemala; Harvest Caye, Belize; Costa Maya, Mexico; and Nassau. Departs November 14.
Hemingway's Hideaways: Seven nights from Miami visiting Key West, Havana, Cienfuegos, and Santiago de Cuba. Departs November 24.
Timeless Cuba: Seven nights from Miami visiting Havana (two days), Cienfuegos, and Santiago de Cuba. Departs December 1 and 8.
Vibrant Vistas: Six nights from Miami visiting Key West, Havana, Cozumel, and the line's private Bahamian island, Great Stirrup Cay. Departs December 15.
Holidays in the Tropics: Thirteen nights from Miami visiting Key West; Havana (two days); Roatan, Honduras; Santo Tomas, Guatemala; Harvest Caye, Belize; Costa Maya and Cozumel (two days) in Mexico; and Nassau. Departs December 21.
All voyages and excursions will comply with existing U.S. federal regulations and the most recent rules from the Office of Foreign Assets Control ("OFAC") of the U.S. Department of the Treasury.
The news comes one week after Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd. added 25 more Cuba sailings to Norwegian Cruise Line's 2017 lineup.
--By Gina Kramer, Associate Editor