The Phantom cruise company, part of the U.S. Carnival group will, having sailed from Miami, arrive in Cuba for the first time next May 1, amidst the rapprochement between Washington and Havana after announcing the reestablishment of diplomatic relations and the recent official visit to the Island by President Barack Obama.
According to a statement made at the Seatrade Cruise Global Fair in Fort Lauderdale – one of the sector’s most important globally – the cruise ship Adonia 1 has been selected for this first seven-day visit to Cuba with stopovers at a number of the island’s ports.
The 700 passenger berth Adonia 1, will arrive in and depart from Cuba on Sundays every other week, with an itinerary that includes two days of cultural activities in Havana, and scuba diving. The remaining days include visits to the provinces of Cienfuegos and Santiago de Cuba, the last stop prior to the return to Miami.
Even though the number of Caribbean cruise routes increase year on year and that Cuba holds the privileged position as ‘Key to the Gulf of Mexico’, there are still many obstacles in the U.S. in regards to the arrival of recreational vessels from this neighboring state.
The cruise sector’s most recent boost in Cuba was during the 1990’s, although certain ships that arrived at that time, such as the Italian vessels, did have to suspend operations due to extraterritorial pressures imposed by the United States.
Such measures have had an impact on the world’s principal U.S.-financed cruise ship lines over the past five decades as is the case for Carnival, Royal Caribbean, Star Cruises, Norwegian Cruise Line, MSC and Costa and others such as Barclay, CGA-CGM and Hapag Lloyds.
The world‘s first cruise company was founded in Stromness in the year 1837, by Arthur Anderson y Brodie Wilcox, under the name of the Peninsular Steam Navigation Company, which later became P and O Cruises. Two years prior to this, a notice in the British newspaper Shetland had announced their intention to visit Scotland, Ireland and the Faroe Islands.Share on FB Share on TT