Carnival Corporation’s Adonia made a historic arrival in the Port of Havana, Cuba, Monday morning, becoming the first U.S. cruise ship to sail to the island nation in more than 50 years.
Carnival also became the first line to carry Cuban-born passengers back to the island by sea after the Cuban government lifted a long-standing ban on the practice in late April.
"Our arrival today in Havana is a special moment in history that contributes to a more positive future, and we congratulate our colleague Arnie Perez on being the first person born in Cuba to step ashore under Cuba's new policy," said Arnold Donald, CEO of Carnival Corporation. "We are so honored that Carnival Corporation and our Fathom brand can be part of such a meaningful milestone.”
The 704-passenger Adonia sails under Carnival’s Fathom brand and left on Sunday, May 1 from Miami. Itineraries for the seven-night voyages to Cuba include stops in Havana, Cienfuegos and Santiago de Cuba, the three ports of call for which Carnival Corporation has obtained berthing approval.