Carnival Gets Key Approval For Cruises from Tampa to Cuba

Pack your bags!


Tampa residents have eagerly awaited the opportunity to travel to Cuba. AT the end of 2016, Southwest Airlines began service from Tampa International Airport to Havana. The cruise line received approval to sail to Havana from the federal government in February.

Launch follows the success of Fathom

This approval follows the launch of cruises from the US to Cuba on Carnival Corp’s Fathom brand. The Cuban capital of Havana will be added to select Carnival Paradise voyages from Tampa beginning in June 2017.

Service begins in June of this year

Four-day cruises will depart June 29, July 13, August 24, September 7 and 21, and October 5 and 19, 2017 as well as May 3, 2018 and include a daytime and overnight visit to Havana. Five-day voyages will depart August 14 and 28, September 25 and October 9, 2017, and include a daytime and overnight visit to Havana as well as a stop in either Cozumel or Key West.

“Cuba is an island jewel unique from anywhere else in the Caribbean and we are thrilled to have this rare opportunity to take our guests to this fascinating destination,” said Christine Duffy, president of Carnival Cruise Line.  “The opportunity to visit Havana, combined with the fun, relaxed ambiance and wide variety of amenities and features offered on Carnival Paradise, will make for a truly one-of-a-kind vacation experience,” she added.

Ships provide an unparalleled travel experience

The Carnival Paradise ship contains two full-service main dining rooms and expansive poolsides. The ship features a 12,000-square-foot spa and an exclusive adults-only retreat.

The visits to Havana comply with regulations of the U.S. Department of Treasury that permit travel operators to transport approved travelers to Cuba to engage in activities as defined by the U.S. Department of Commerce, Office of Foreign Assets Control.

Book now by calling 1-800-CARNIVAL

Beginning Feb. 15, interested travelers will be able to book these trips directly on Carnival’s website.

 

*Header image via Carnival

 

*Article by Andrew Harlan (andrew@rkc.me), writer/editor of That’s So Tampa

 

Written by Andrew Harlan

Andrew Harlan is in his third year as Writer/Editor of ThatsSoTampa.com. New York Times bestselling author Andre Dubus III has said of him, “Andrew Harlan has a sharp and discerning eye for detail that deftly captures character and landscape.” He has published fiction and poetry in Sabal and Prime Number Literary Magazine. He graduated with honors from Eckerd College in 2013 with a B.A. in Creative Writing and a minor in Literature. Phone: (727) 896-3435 / Email: andrew@rkc.me