August 9, 2018
(12:30 p.m. EDT) -- Luxury cruise line Seabourn will sail its first-ever cruise to Cuba, departing from Miami on November 4, 2019. Four different Cuba itineraries and five departure dates are currently available to book aboard Seabourn Sojourn, with one sailing that embarks in San Juan, Puerto Rico.
Sailings range from 11 to 14 days, with three to four Cuba ports per itinerary, including unique calls like Antilla (Nipe Bay). All Cuba cruises onboard Seabourn will include an overnight in Havana; several UNESCO Partner Tours by day and night; Caviar in the Surf beach barbecues in Isla Catalina and Carambola Beach; as well as a Marina Day in Isla Catalina, with complimentary watersports operating directly from the back of the ship (weather and conditions permitting).
"For many luxury travelers, they aim to find new places to explore and discover meaningful new cultural opportunities, and Cuba is one of the most sought-after emerging destinations for many of our guests," said Richard Meadows, president of Seabourn, in a news release. "We are excited to finally be able to include Cuba in our itineraries, and our guests and travel partners have been anxiously awaiting an ultra-luxury travel experience with a wider selection of destinations in this relatively undiscovered Caribbean treasure."
Seabourn's four upcoming Cuba itineraries for 2019 include:
-12 nights round trip from Miami, stopping in Havana (overnight); Antilla (Nipe Bay), Cuba; Santiago de Cuba (overnight); Port Antonio, Jamaica; West End, Cayman Brac, Cayman Islands; and Cienfuegos, Cuba (overnight) departing on November 4
-12 nights round trip from Miami, stopping in Cienfuegos (overnight); West End, Cayman Brac, Cayman Islands; Port Antonio, Jamaica; Santiago de Cuba (overnight); Antilla (Nipe Bay); and Havana (overnight) departing on November 16 and 28
-11 nights from Miami to San Juan, stopping in Havana (overnight); Punta Frances, Isla de la Juventud, Cuba; Cienfuegos; West End, Cayman Brac, Cayman Islands; Port Antonio, Jamaica; Santiago de Cuba (overnight); and Isla Catalina, Dominican Republic departing on December 10
-14 nights from San Juan to Miami, stopping in Gustavia, St. Barthelemy; St. John's, Antigua; Carambola Beach, St. Kitts & Nevis; Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic; Port Antonio, Jamaica; Santiago de Cuba (overnight); Antilla (Nipe Bay); and Havana (overnight) departing on December 21.
After the initial rush into Cuba by cruise lines in 2016, the industry has seen new ships and itineraries in the region, but not as many new cruise lines. Seabourn marks the third brand in the Carnival Corporation portfolio currently approved to sail to Cuba, joining Holland America Line and Carnival Cruise Line.
--By Brittany Chrusciel, Associate Editor