(8:00 a.m. EDT) — Celestyal Cruises has confirmed it will sail year-round in Cuba beginning on November 21.
Celestyal Cruises has been operating under the Cuba Cruise name and has based its ship Celestyal Crystal in Havana from December to March, repositioning to Greece during the summer.
It will also drop the “Cuba Cruise” name and rebrand as Celestyal Cruises from November.
Through the final weeks of 2016 and for all of 2017 Celestyal Crystal will sail seven-night all-inclusive cruises that include two days in Havana and a call at Maria La Gorda.
Additional Cuban calls will include 18th-century Cienfuegos and historic Santiago de Cuba.
The cruise will embark every Monday from Havana, and every Friday from Montego Bay, Jamaica.
Celestyal Cruises was the first line to offer round-Cuba cruises, back in 2013. Since then, a number of other lines have realized Cuba’s potential including MSC Cruises which has based Opera out of Havana from last December, and will deploy a second ship in Havana later this year.
And a rebranded P&O Cruises’ Adonia — known as Fathom — should become the first US cruise line to operate sailings to the island next month.
Kyriakos Anastassiadis, CEO of Celestyal Cruises said: “Our 2015-2016 Cuba Cruise season, our third, was our best yet, and thus, to respond to demand for our authentic Cuban product, our fourth season will begin 21 November 2016, four weeks earlier than last year, and will sail year-round. We look forward to immersing even more passengers from all over the world in our authentic Cuban experience.”