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First US Cruise Ship In 50 Years Sails Into Cuba (Video)

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During each sailing, Fathom will visit Havana, Cienfuegos and Santiago de Cuba, three ports of call for which Carnival Corporation has obtained berthing approval (PRNewsFoto/Carnival Corporation & plc)

Carnival Corporation’s, 704-passenger Adonia luxury cruise ship, sailed into Havana Monday morning completing the first leg of its historic inaugural voyage to Cuba that began on May 1, 2016, from Miami.

The ship made history today with its arrival into Havana, marking the first time in over 50 years that a U.S. cruise line has sailed from the U.S. to Cuba. It is also the first time in decades that Cuban-born individuals have been able to travel by sea to or from Cuba.

Fathom travelers were greeted by fanfare and a festive celebration as they arrived in the Port of Havana, the first of three destinations that guests will visit as part of the brand’s exclusive seven-night voyages to Cuba. Following this week’s inaugural trip to Cuba, Fathom’s 704-passenger Adonia luxury cruise ship will begin operating its week-long itineraries to Cuba every other week.

During each sailing, Fathom will visit Havana, Cienfuegos and Santiago de Cuba, three ports of call for which Carnival Corporation has obtained berthing approval.

“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. As we worked to become the first U.S. cruise company to sail from the U.S. to Cuba in more than five decades, it was clear just how much interest there is from travelers who want to experience Cuba. We believe there is no better way to experience Cuba and see this beautiful island than to cruise with us on Fathom, and we look forward to providing a very special and rewarding experience to everyone who sails with us.”

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