Fathom’s Adonia arrived in the Port of Havana yesterday morning, becoming the first U.S. cruise line to sail from U.S. to Cuba in over 50 years.
The cruise ship was carrying 704 passengers, including Cuban-born individuals.
Adonia will sail to Cuba every other week with the seven-day itineraries departing from PortMiami on Sunday afternoon, and arriving to Havana in the morning hours of the next day.
During each sailing, Fathom will visit Havana, Cienfuegos and Santiago de Cuba, three ports of call for which Carnival Corporation has obtained berthing approval.
“We are so honored that Carnival Corporation and our Fathom brand can be part of such a meaningful milestone. As we worked to become the first U.S. cruise company to sail from the U.S. to Cuba in more than five decades, it was clear just how much interest there is from travelers who want to experience Cuba,” said Arnold Donald, CEO of Carnival Corporation.
In July 2015, Fathom received U.S. approval to sail from the U.S. to Cuba, however, Cuban-born Americans were not allowed to visit the island by sea in accordance with provisions of a law dating back to the Cold War Era. Having been faced with a lawsuit, the company said it would delay the journey until all passengers were clear to join the voyage.
On April 22, the company announced it would sail as planned to Cuba, including with Cuba-born passengers on board, after receiving Cuban government approval.
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