Empress of the Seas enters the harbour in Havana (Image: Royal Caribbean International)
Empress of the Seas made history for Royal Caribbean International when she made her inaugural visit to Havana, Cuba on 23 April 2017.
Calling as part of a five-night cruise from Miami, Empress of the Seas brought around 1,602 guests to Cuba. While in the city, these guests participated in curated excursions, including rides in 1950s classic American cars to the city’s most famous locales.
“We’re thrilled to be a part of Cuba’s future, ushering in Royal Caribbean’s next big adventure with Empress of the Seas’ first visit to Havana,” said Michael Bayley, president and CEO of Royal Caribbean International. “Vacationers will now be able to experience a destination like no other, with authentic and immersive experiences that bring to life the vibrancy of Havana and its traditions.”
After returning to Miami, Empress of the Seas will then reposition to Port Tampa Bay, becoming the first Royal Caribbean ship to sail summer cruises from the Florida port. The vessel will operate four-, five- and six-night itineraries, which feature day or overnight visits in Havana, and calls in Key West, Florida; Belize City, Belize; and Costa Maya and Cozumel, Mexico.
Empress of the Seas will return to Miami on 4 November, when she will begin winter calls to destinations such as CocoCay and Nassau in The Bahamas.