Virgin Voyages president and CEO Tom McAlpin and Diana Block-Garcia, v.p. of destination, itinerary and revenue, were recently joined by La Habana Cruise Port officials for a ceremonial celebration of Virgin Voyages’ contract to sail to Cuba in 2020.
“Our sailors are eager to sail to Cuba and we are incredibly proud to celebrate our plans to visit Havana, which is without a doubt, one of the Caribbean’s most authentic and enriching destinations,” said McAlpin in press materials. “This fantastic place offers the chance for our sailors to experience a vibrant city and artistic haven, where they can meet locals and discover the heritage and culture of this beautiful destination.”
Virgin Voyages’ first vessel, the Scarlet Lady, will begin sailing to Havana on 4- and 5-night Havana After Dark itineraries beginning April 1, 2020, featuring an overnight stay in Cuba’s capital, plus a visit to Bimini, Bahamas, where guests can spend the day at The Beach Club at Bimini, Virgin Voyages’ private club on the island.
All sailings to Cuba from Miami feature an overnight stay, meaning cruisers have time to explore and experience the capital city’s nightlife and cultural heritage. While in port, guests can visit Old Havana, a UNESCO World Heritage Site; experience the diversity of Cuban music and nightclubs; meet locals through people-to-people exchanges; or wander the streets alongside the city’s pastel-washed colonial architecture.