After years of speculation within the industry, it was certainly big news when Cuba announced that it would be welcoming cruise passengers once more from 2015 onwards. Famous for much more than cigars, the island’s colourful capital Havana is the perfect place to start your Caribbean cruise, offering a vibrant culture and an unmistakable atmosphere.
One of the cruise lines at the forefront of the Cuban resurgence is MSC Cruises, which announced that it would be the first global cruise line to home-port in Havana and which has also just revealed that it will be strengthening its presence in Havana by home-porting a second ship in the city in time for the 2016-2017 winter season.
You may already be looking forward to exploring Havana this year, as the line’s MSC Opera will be sailing from the city this 2015-16 winter season. The news that she’ll be joined in November 2016 by MSC Armonia is confirmation of the line’s dedication to offering a fantastic selection of itineraries across the Caribbean and to ensuring that cruisers begin their journey in one of its most memorable ports.
MSC Armonia will be offering two separate seven day itineraries, the first of which takes guests from Havana to Honduras’ Roatan, Belize City, Costa Maya and Cuba’s Isla de la Juventud. The second will involve two nights in Havana, a visit to Montego Bay, Georgetown and the Mexican island escape of Cozumel. The good news is that both of these fabulous itineraries can be combined on one unforgettable 14-night cruise, giving cruisers to experience the best both Havana and the Caribbean have to offer.