Sail on the 1,602-guest Empress of the Seas to the land of legendary cigars, classic cars, Ernest Hemingway, mojitos, dominoes, historic Havana and much more. Scratch one more adventure off your bucket list when Royal Caribbean International begins sailing to Cuba in 2017.
Travel in comfort to Cuba, a mere 90 miles from Florida, on this popular ship, which is better than ever after several enhancements were made in 2016. Cruises are due to begin in April, 2017 and will depart from Miami on a five-night itinerary before repositioning to Tampa, offering five- and seven-night sailings.
Cuba is like nowhere else in the world. Discover the vibrant culture, sights and sounds of this incredible island nation. Explore the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Old Havana, including its iconic fortifications. History will come alive as you visit some of the city’s most famous places — Plaza de Armas, Plaza de San Francisco, Plaza de la Catedral and Plaza Vieja.
Immerse yourself in Havana’s colorful lifestyle and visit its vibrant squares where the locals hang-out. Get a unique insight into what Cuba is all about in historic neighborhoods. Enjoy the popular rum museum and step into the past at Hemingway’s home, Finca Vigia, meaning “lookout house.” See the remarkable mural created from mosaics on Mercaderes Street made up of 52 panels depicting over 60 prominent figures in the history of Cuba’s art. A highlight for car aficionados will be the iconic classic cars from 1950s Cuba. Shop for souvenirs including rare books, antiques and more at the various street vendors stands.
The updated Empress of the Seas features many of Royal Caribbean’s signature amenities, including a variety of restaurants serving fabulous cuisine pleasing everyone in the family’s palate. Choices range from the casual Windjammer Café to fine dining at the steakhouse, Chops. Adventure-seekers will get a work-out on the rock-climbing wall. Relax at the updated pool and whirlpool. Treat yourself to a massage at the Vitality Spa while the kids are having their own fun at the complimentary summer camp-like Adventure Youth program. Thrilling entertainment will make every evening special.
Authentic Cuban experiences also abound while onboard. Sip traditional cortaditos and café con leche in Café Royal. Participate in a range of onboard activities including salsa music, foods, lectures and more which were mindfully developed to bring the spirit of the island to life throughout the sailing, sure to enhance your unique vacation.
Enjoy a once in a lifetime voyage cruising to Cuba onboard Empress of the Seas. Unforgettable people-to-people experiences, delightful music, art, architecture and cuisine in this incredible destination ensure a monumental tour as you make Havana Daydreaming a reality.