First Pearl Seas cruise docks in Havana


Alicia Cid (OnCuba magazine) writes that on January 19, the Pearl Mist docked in the bay of Havana. This cruise ship belongs to the Pearl Seas line, the second U.S. company that is connecting the two shores after Carnival inaugurates the route in March 2017.

Last December the cruise ship company published on its Twitter account that it had finally been authorized by the Cuban government to start operations, and the confirmation of its arrival was also given on the social media by the general director of the General Department for U.S. Affairs of the Ministry of Foreign Relations of the Republic of Cuba, Josefina Vidal.

The Pearl Mist set sail last January 17 from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and in a 10-day journey it will sail around the island of Cuba with stopovers in the Isla de la Juventud, Cienfuegos, Trinidad, Santiago de Cuba and Baracoa. It is expected that it will make 11 trips between the start of the year and next May.

With capacity for 210 passengers, the ship, of a smaller size than Carnival’s Adonia, it will bring visitors as part of the people-to-people cultural and exchange program, one of the 12 travel to Cuba categories U.S. citizens are allowed. [. . .]

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