TIRUN invites adventure seekers to indulge in Salsa, Mojitos and historic Havana neighborhoods. Royal Caribbean International announces its first-ever sailings to Cuba. The newly revitalized Empress of the Seas will make history for the cruise line with its first visit to Cuba. The ship will homeport in Tampa for the 2017 summer season – RCI’s first-ever summer program from the destination– offering a series of 4- and 5-night sailings, including port calls to destinations in Cuba. The largest ship to sail to Cuba from the United States, Empress will provide Indian vacationers with the opportunity to discover the timeless sights, sounds and culture of this island nation.
The ship will make its first visit to Cuba during a 5-night sailing itinerary, departing from Miami on April 19, 2017. The ship will then reposition to Tampa offering two itineraries with calls to Havana on April 30 (7-night sailing) and May 20 (5-night sailing). Indian cruise enthusiasts can now book their vacation aboard the Empress of the Seas and celebrate the New Year in style! TIRUN Chief Executive, Mrs. Ratna Chadha expressed her enthusiasm about the announcement, commenting, “TIRUN is committed to providing Indian customers with the most memorable vacation experiences every season. With the latest RCI sailings to Cuba, cruise enthusiasts can indulge in a rejuvenating holiday aboard the spectacular Empress of the Seas and discover Cuba’s vibrant culture through RCI’s unparalleled immersion itinerary. There cannot be a more exciting way to ring in the New Year.”
Guests sailing onboard Empress of the Seas and visiting Cuba can enjoy curated people-to-people experiences created to immerse vacationers in the natural beauty of Cuba, its architecture, cuisine, music and art. All cruises will be designed in accordance with current U.S. to Cuba travel regulations.
While in Cuba, guests will explore Old Havana – a UNESCO World Heritage site – some of the city’s most notable squares, historic neighborhoods, a local artisan market, Havana’s rum museum as well as Hemingway’s former residence and favorite haunts. Local experts will immerse guests in the history, culture and people of Cuba. These authentic encounters will give guests an unforgettable taste of what has made Cuba the gem of the Caribbean. The authentic experiences aren’t limited to land. The vibrant culture will extend to Empress of the Seas, from cortaditos and café con leche in Café Royal to salsa music, guests will have a range of onboard activities developed to bring the spirit of the island to life during the entire journey. The revitalized Empress will bring the shipboard Cuban flair together with signature amenities, such as a thrilling rock-climbing wall for adrenaline seekers; new pools and whirlpools, including an adults-only Solarium; a Vitality Spa with an extensive treatment menu; and a complimentary Adventure Ocean youth program. Empress also will offer a variety of dining options with the casual atmosphere of the Windjammer Café, family-friendly Ben and Jerry’s Scoop Shop, and fine dining at Royal Caribbean’s signature steakhouse Chops.
The summer program on Empress of the Seas provides travelers with more opportunities to sample the unique cruise experience from Tampa. Two other Royal Caribbean ships, Rhapsody of the Seas and Brilliance of the Seas, will offer Caribbean itineraries from the homeport during the winter season. Guests interested in being among the first to experience Cuba with TIRUN can call 1800-11-5464 or visit www.tirun.com.