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For the first time in the cruise line’s history, Royal Caribbean International will sail to Cuba. Sales are now open for the historic voyage, which will take place on the newly renovated Empress of the Seas during a 5-night sailing departing Miami on April 19, 2017. The ship will then reposition to Tampa offering two itineraries with calls to Havana on April 30 (7-night sailing) and May 20 (5-night sailing).

All cruises will be designed in accordance with current U.S. to Cuba travel regulations. Guests can expect to participate in a variety of people-to-people experiences, including a tour of Old Havana, its squares and historic neighborhoods, plus visits to a local artisan market, Havana’s rum museum and Earnest Hemingway’s former residence and favorite haunts. While on board, guests will be able to experience more of the island nation’s culture from tasting cortaditos and cafe con leche in Cafe Royal to dancing to salsa music.

Empress of the Seas will homeport in Tampa for the 2017 summer season, offering a series of 4- and 5-night sailings, including port calls to destinations in Cuba. Details of the summer itineraries will be announced at a later date. For more information, call (866) 562-7625 or visit