Thomson offering cruises to Cuba


British company Thomson Cruises has now announced that it will be offering a number of 14-night Caribbean cruises, starting later this year. The cruise line has also announced that it will be making its first ever call to Cuban ports, with a cruise itinerary scheduled to begin December this year.

Thomson Dream, a new cruise vessel with a capacity for over 1,500 passengers will be conducting the cruise. The news of a Thomson Cruise to Havana, Cuba is especially exciting because not many cruise liners find their way here, due to US travel restrictions.

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Thomson Dream will offer regular itineraries for Cuba, with three separate cruises for passengers to choose from. Cruise-goers can opt for a Cuban Adventure, a Caribbean Experience or a Classic Caribbean cruise, all with visits to Havana. The Caribbean Experience will sail from Barbados to Havana, with an overnight stop in Cuba. The Cuban Adventure will sail from Montego Bay to Barbados, with a three-day-two-night call in Cuba. Sailing from Havana to Montego Bay, the Classic Caribbean cruise will concentrate on Caribbean islands

Among other cruise lines that offer sails to Havana are Britain-based Fred Olsen and German company Hapag-Lloyd. However, between the two companies, only a handful of Cuban cruises are offered. Fred Olsen has only four Cuban cruises scheduled for 2010, and Hapag-Llloyd even fewer.

Thomson’s new Cuban cruises will hence be filling quite a void in the cruise travel itinerary for Cuba.