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Norwegian Sun

It’s double up time for Norwegian Cruise Line’s Cuba offering. The line has just announced that the 78,000 ton, 2001 built Norwegian Sun will join near sister, Norwegian Sky, on the four day Florida to Cuba cruise circuit, effective as of May 7th, 2018.

Norwegian Sun will first undergo a seventeen day refit in Victoria, BC, to bring her in line with all the latest ‘Norwegian Edge’ innovations, after which the ship will transit through the Panama Canal to her new home port at Port Canaveral.

Once there, the ship will sail four day Cuba cruises that each offer a night in Havana, plus an additional call in Key West- a must for any of you Hemingway fans out there. The Norwegian Sun will also offer shorter, three night cruises to Nassau and Great Stirrup Cay, this effectively mirroring the sailings of Norwegian Sky from nearby Miami,

It would be perfectly possible to do these two, consecutive cruises together, or even to ‘switch’ between the two ships mid cruise, and thus get two for the price of one.

As always, stay tuned for updates



The Norwegian Sky off Great Stirrup Cay, Bahamas

Norwegian Cruise Line has today announced that it’s 78,000 ton Norwegian Sky will continue to cruise from Miami to Cuba throughout the course of 2018.

The popular ship is already slated to offer some thirty, four night sailings to the re-opened holiday destination this year. Most of the new 2018 sailings will follow this year’s route, with most offering an overnight stay in Cuba’s sizzling, salsa fulled capital of Havana.

These cruises on Norwegian Sky will continue to be all inclusive, with all drinks included in the price on board.

This second Cuba season will begin on March 26th, 2018. As well as some thirty-two sailings that will showcase the overnight Havana stay, all sailings will also feature a call at Norwegian’s heavily renovated Bahamas private island, Great Stirrup Cay. Bookings for these new cruise open effective April 20th.

Among some of the excursion options on offer will be the chance to tour modern Havana in a classic, fifties, style American car. Another option takes in the chance to sample the local flora and fauna at Soroa, while another, more rustic option allows the chance to savour an immersive food fest, taking in local food from farmyard to dining table.

Originally built in 1999, the Norwegian Sky can accommodate some 2,004 passengers, served by a crew of around 900, in a large range of inside, outside and balcony cabins, as well as several upper deck suites.

Like the rest of her fleet mates in the Norwegian line up, the Norwegian Sky offers open seating, Freestyle Dining that eschews the conventional set meal times on many ships. She also offers several extra tariff, speciality restaurants that offer a fine dining experience, bookable on board, together with the company’s renowned on board high energy, razzle and sizzle style of entertainment.

All things considered, this is quite an attractive option, allowing passengers to dip their toes into a hitherto relatively secluded, exotic destination without a large outlay in terms of either time or price.


The Celestyal Crystal at Piraeus in March, 2012

After three successful winter seasons cruising round trip from Cuba, the Celestyal Crystal will begin year round, seven night cruises around the island from this November onward, owners Celestyal Cruises have confirmed.

The 24,000 ton, 1,200 passenger Celestyal Crystal will operate on an all inclusive basis, on a program that allows for a full, two night stay in Havana. As well as embarkation at the Cuban capital on a Monday, potential passengers are also able to embark the ship in Montego Bay, Jamaica, each Friday.

The seven night circuits offer a genuine, Cuban-centered cruise experience, with local entertainment brought on board, and Cuban fare featured on the ship’s menus.

As well as the aforementioned Havana stay, the Celestyal Crystal will also call at Santiago de Cuba, Cienfuegos, and Maria La Gorda.

The 480 cabin ship recently underwent an extensive interior refurbishment, that also saw the addition of balconies to some sixty-two cabins and suites.

During the summer season, Celestyal Crystal typically sails from Piraeus and Lavrion on short three, four and seven day circuits of the Greek Islands and Turkey, before crossing the Atlantic for the winter cruise season around Cuba.

This year, however, the Cuban season will commence on November 21st, 2016-  a full four weeks earlier than normal.

Stay tuned for updates.