(2:30 p.m. EST) -- Norwegian Cruise Line, which will be the first to offer weekly cruises to Cuba when it begins sailing there from Miami in May, has increased its number of Cuba voyages from five to 30.
"We have seen great demand from our guests for sailings to Cuba and we look forward to providing more opportunities for them to experience this incredibly culture-rich destination on a weekly basis," Andy Stuart, president and CEO of Norwegian Cruise Line, said in a statement.
The four-night voyages on Norwegian Sky (Norwegian's alcohol-inclusive ship), which will leave Miami every Monday from May through December, each include an overnight in the Cuban capital of Havana, as well as a call on Great Stirrup Cay, the cruise line's private island.
Known for its short warm-weather itineraries, Norwegian Sky will round out the rest of each week with a sailing from Miami to Great Stirrup Cay.
Independent exploration is not allowed in Cuba; passengers must either certify that they have made arrangements for people-to-people activities or book an approved shore excursion through the ship, which might include farm-to-table dining, rides in antique cars and other cultural and historical experiences.
Cuba bookings open to the public on February 21.
--By Ashley Kosciolek, Editor