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'Cuba Here We Come': Carnival Cruise Sets Sail on Historic Voyage

The Carnival cruise ship will arrive at its first destination in Havana, Monday morning at 11 a.m.

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    Carnival Cruise Sails to Cuba

    The first cruise ship to sail to Cuba in decades is set to arrive in Havana, Cuba on Monday. (Published Monday, May 2, 2016)

    Fathom's Adonia set sail from Miami to Havana on Sunday afternoon, a historic voyage marking the first time an American cruise company has sailed from the United States to Cuba in decades.

    The Adonia departed on a seven-day cruise from PortMiami at 3:30 p.m. and is scheduled to arrive at its first destination in Havana, Monday morning at 11 a.m. It will also make stop in Cienfuegos and Santiago de Cuba.

    "And we're off! #cuba here we come. #travelDeep," the company tweeted before the inaugural journey.

    Fathom's 704-passenger Adonia luxury ship will operate bi-weekly cruises. The company said bookings will start at $1,800 per person and feature an array of cultural and educational activities, including Spanish lessons.

    The Cuban government in March approved plans by Carnival Corp., Fathom's parent company, to begin sailing to the island nation out of Miami. Carnival Approved to Sail to Cuba With Cuban-Born TravelersCarnival Approved to Sail to Cuba With Cuban-Born Travelers

    Cuba has loosened a policy banning Cuban-born people from arriving by sea, allowing Carnival Corp. to go forward with the first U.S. cruise to the island in a half-century, the Cuban government and the Miami-based cruise line announced Friday. NBC 6's Steve Liz reports.
    (Published Friday, April 22, 2016)

    "We made history in March, and we are a part of making history again today," said Arnold Donald, CEO of Carnival Corporation. "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 returns to PortMiami at 7:30 a.m. on Sunday. Obama's Historic Trip to Cuba in PhotosObama's Historic Trip to Cuba in Photos

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