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Sailing to Cuba a “dream come true” for cruise boss Frank Del Rio

Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings has been given the green light to sail its Norwegian Cruise Line, Oceania Cruises and Regent Seven Seas ships to Cuba from March 2017.

And the company’s Cuban-American chief, Frank Del Rio, described the decision as “a dream come true”.

marina of Oceania Cruises
Oceania Cruises’ Marina will lead the way to Cuba in March 2017

All three of the company’s brands will offer international travellers the opportunity to visit the culturally and historically rich country on select sailings,  also allowing guests with a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to experience the warmth and hospitality of its people.

The company’s first cruise to Cuba will set sail from PortMiami on Oceania Cruises’ Marina on 7 March with select Caribbean itineraries f including many multiple-day calls to allow guests to explore Havana. Seven Seas Mariner, of the Regent Seven Seas Cruises fleet, will call on Havana during two cruises in April. Norwegian Sky will also offer a selection of four-night voyages that will overnight in Havana in May .

“We are tremendously excited to have approval from the Cuban authorities to offer cruises to Cuba from the United States,” said Del Rio, president and chief executive officer of Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings.

“As a Cuban-American and founder of Oceania Cruises, I am incredibly proud that one of Oceania’s vessels will be our company’s first to sail to Cuba. This is truly a dream come true for me and I cannot wait for our loyal guests to experience the sights and sounds of my hometown of Havana and get to know its rich culture and its warm and welcoming residents.”

Guests sailing on all three brands will have a selection of shore excursions to choose from, all of which offer an authentic Cuban experience that explores the people, art, history and culture of the island.

Posted on 15th December 2016 at 10:05 am in Cruise News | Cruise Lines | Norwegian Cruise Line | Oceania Cruises | Regent Seven Seas |

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