PHOTO: The new itineraries will include the cruise line's first visit to Cienfuegos, Cuba. (Photo via Flickr/Joe Ross)
Oceania Cruises has announced six additional sailings to Cuba scheduled to depart from the U.S. in November and December 2017.
The additional voyages aboard the 684-passenger Insignia will each depart from Miami and will include the upper-premium cruise line's first calls to Cienfuegos and Santiago de Cuba, located on the island's southern coast.
The new itineraries, which range in length from six to 13 days, are open for reservations as of Wednesday.
A 10-day Panoramic Caribbean cruise will depart Miami Nov. 14 and feature two days in Havana, followed by the week-long Hemingway's Hideaways voyage, which will depart Nov. 24 and include visits to Havana, Cienfuegos, and Santiago de Cuba.
The cruise line is also offering a pair of Timeless Cuba cruises scheduled to depart Dec. 1 and Dec. 8. The seven-day sailings will feature two days in Havana as well as stops in Cienfuegos and Santiago de Cuba.
The shortest of the new itineraries, the six-day Vibrant Vistas cruise will visit Havana after departing Miami Dec. 15. Meanwhile, Oceania's longest Cuba cruise, the 13-day Holidays in the Tropics voyage will spend two days in Havana. That cruise will depart Dec. 21.
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"There is tremendous demand from consumers for voyages to Cuba and our inaugural voyages to the island have been a sell-out success," Oceania Cruises president and CEO Bob Binder said in a statement accompanying Wednesday's announcement. "An Oceania Cruises voyage is the best way to experience all Cuba has to offer with nine UNESCO World Heritage Sites, warm and welcoming people, and a burgeoning culinary scene."
Oceania's announcement comes at a time when more and more cruise lines are eyeing entry into the previously off-limits destination. On Tuesday, Carnival Cruise Line revealed it was granted approval to begin sailing to Cuba as soon as June 2017.
It's been just over two months since Oceania's parent company Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd. announced it received approval from the Cuban government to sail to the Caribbean island.
The cruise line's inaugural cruise to Cuba is scheduled to depart PortMiami on Oceania Cruises' Marina March 7. The 14-day voyage will feature a 15-hour visit in Havana March 9.