Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings announced it was applying to serve Cuba after Carnival Corporation struck a deal for the ban to be lifted to allow Americans born in Cuba to sail on its ‘social impact’ new brand Fathom.
Norwegian is still in talks with Cuban officials to allow its wholly-owned line Oceania Cruises to start operating on sailings to the island from US later this year.
This would be followed by Regent Seven Seas Cruises and NCL Norwegian Cruise Line “in the near future”.
Frank Del Rio, president and chief executive of NCL Holdings, was born in Cuba and immigrated to the United States in 1961.
The move of NCL follows Carnival Corp. winning the right for its Fathom brand to become the first cruise line based in the United States in more than 50 years to operate to Cuba from the US carrying Cuban Americans.
The specially adapted small ship of P&O Cruises, mv Adonia, is scheduled to make her first cruise from Miami to Havana and a couple of other ports in Cuba from May 1, alternating with 7-night voyages to the Dominican Republic.