Carnival Corporation has been given approval by the US authorities for sailings to Cuba with its new “social impact” brand Fathom.
The line, which has taken on P&O’s Adonia, is due to commence cruises from next month to the Dominican Republic.
Departures to Cuba will commence in May.
The approval marks the first time in 50 years that a cruise ship will leave the US and travel to Cuba.
“Our Carnival Corporation and Fathom brand teams have worked closely with Cuba throughout this process and we are thrilled to begin regular sailings to Cuba from Miami starting on May 1, 2016,” said Tara Russell, president of Carnival Corporation’s new Fathom brand. “We have been told that we will be the first cruise line to sail from the U.S. to Cuba with our historic inaugural sailing.”
The approval came on the same day that President Obama met with Cuban president Raul Castro. The meeting marked the first time a sitting US president had visited Cuba in 88 years.
“We are excited about Cuban approval and are ready to take travelers there through an extraordinary guest experience on the beautiful MV Adonia,” said Arnold Donald, CEO of Carnival Corporation. “This is a historic opportunity, and we know there is pent-up demand amongst Americans who want to experience Cuba. We believe there is no better way to experience so much of Cuba in seven days. Everyone who sails with us with Fathom to Cuba will have a very special, rewarding and enriching experience with our Fathom brand.”
Seven-day itineraries on Fathom will depart from Miami on Sunday and arrives at Havana, the following morning. Prices start at $1,800 per person, excluding visas, taxes, fees and port expenses.