Carnival’s Adonia began its voyage from Miami to Havana on Sunday afternoon, snipping at the ribbon between American cruise companies and Cuban ports of call today for the first time in more than 50 years.
The Adonia liner set sail for a seven-day trip from PortMiami at 3:30 p.m., and arrived this morning at its first stop in Havana at 11 a.m. Over the course of this inaugural cruise, the Adonia will also visit destination cities of Cienfuegos and Santiago de Cuba, all on a mission to make a difference.
Tweeting in anticipation on Sunday, the company wrote, “And we’re off! #cuba here we come. #travelDeep.”
In March, the Cuban government met an agreement with Carnival to allow sailing to begin out of Miami. Arnold Donald, CEO of Carnival Corp., told NBC Miami, “We made history in March, and we are a part of making history again today.”
“More importantly, we are contributing to a positive future. This is a positive outcome and we are extremely pleased. We want to extend our sincere appreciation to Cuba and to our team who worked so hard to help make this happen.”
The Adonia, a 704-passenger liner, will now run bi-weekly cruises to the island nation, with bookings prices beginning at $1800 per person. On board, passengers will have a variety of cultural and educational activities on hand, including Spanish lessons, NBC reports, apart from the mainstays of any Carnival cruise.
The Adonia will return from its maiden voyage to Cuba at 7:30 a.m. on Sunday morning at PortMiami.