The ship will make its first visit to Cuba on 19 April 2017, a five-night cruise from Miami. Following this cruise Empress of the Seas will be repositioned to Tampa and offer a further two calls to Cuba, comprising of a seven-night cruise departing on 30 April and a five-night cruise on 20 May.
Michael Bayley, President and CEO of Royal Caribbean International., said: “Royal Caribbean is the world’s most exciting adventure company, and we’re thrilled to introduce culture-seeking travellers to Cuba. As the unrivalled innovators of the cruise experience, no company is better positioned to help adventurers explore and experience this culturally rich destination.”
The 1,600-passenger Empress of the Seas is the first ship which Royal Caribbean International has based in Tampa for the summer season. The larger 1,998-passenger Rhapsody of the Seas and the 2,100-passenger Brilliance of the Seas will both cruise from Tampa during the winter season, offering cruises to the Caribbean.