Have you heard? Carnival Cruise Line will offer its first-ever Cuba sailings beginning this June. Overnight visits to Havana will be added to 12 four- and 5-day Carnival Paradise voyages from Tampa with opportunities for shore excursions showcasing the island’s people, culture and centuries-old landmarks. Departures are available June 29, July 13, Aug. 24, Sept. 7 & 21, and Oct. 5 &19, 2017, as well as May 3, 2018 for 4-day itineraries; Aug. 14 & 28, Sept. 25 and Oct. 9, 2017 for 5-day itineraries, which include a stop in either Cozumel or Key West.
For those stopping in Cozumel, its worth noting that Carnival has extended the length of time its ships spend in this port, allowing guests to have more time to participate in new excursions such as swimming with whale sharks, visiting ruins and swimming in hidden caverns, which have been added to the more than 50 existing tours. These Cozumel Plus itineraries are available on 17 different ships offering more than 750 four- and 8-day cruises from six homeports along the East Coast and Gulf of Mexico.
In other news, Carnival will reposition three of its latest and largest ships to new homeports in fall 2018. Beginning Sept. 23, 2018, Carnival Vista, the newest ship in Carnival’s fleet, will begin sailing from Galveston, Texas, on 7-day Caribbean itineraries. Starting Oct. 6, 2018, Carnival Breeze will begin its new Port Canaveral-based program; while the Carnival Magic is set to launch year-round 7-day Caribbean cruises from Miami on Sept. 30, 2018. For more information, visit carnival.com.