Carnival Makes Splash with New Cuba Itineraries

Carnival Cruise Line made a splash recently with their announcement of new Cuba itineraries for the 2019-20 cruising season.

The popular cruise line plans to offer 23 new cruises to Havana in the next two years, including three and five-day itineraries across five ships cruising from several of Carnival’s homeports on the eastern seaboard.

The Carnival Paradise passes the historic El Morro Castle in Havana, Cuba

Carnival Paradise in Havana | Photo: Sven Creutzmann/Carnival Cruise Line

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New Cuba Itineraries

The ships and homeports involved in the expanded itineraries include:

  • Carnival Sunshine from Charleston, SC
  • Carnival Triumph from Fort Lauderdale, FL
  • Carnival Paradise from Tampa, FL
  • Carnival Victory and Carnival Sensation from Miami, FL

Carnival Sunshine, weighing in at 102,853 tons and holding more than 3,000 passengers, is set to be the largest cruise ship in history to make a call in Havana and the first ship ever from the Port of Charleston.

There’s been a slow, but steady influx of tourists to the island nation since the period known as the “Cuban thaw” began in late 2014. The thaw marked the end of more than 50 years of hostility between Cuba and the United States.

Since the island has been off limits for so long, numerous travelers hope to explore a previously unreachable nation.

Cuba Itineraries

A View of Havana

“Cuba has proven to be extremely popular with our guests and we’re delighted to provide even more opportunities to experience and explore this fascinating destination with these new voyages departing from four key East Coast homeports, including the first Cuba cruises from Charleston,” said Christine Duffy, president of Carnival Cruise Line.


Experience Cuba Firsthand

Carnival boasts 20 unique shore excursions for passengers once they reach Havana. Each excursion seeks to highlight the island’s incredible beauty, vibrant culture and rich history.

Each cruise to Havana complies with regulations set forth by the U.S. Department of Treasury that permit travel operators to transport approved travelers to Cuba. 

— Evan Gove