Cuba famously sits just 90 miles from the United States — a stone’s throw, really — but in a lot of ways, could any other spot on the globe be further away? For decades throughout the Cold War and beyond, visiting Cuba was impossible for nearly all Americans, more of a dream than a vacation.
But today, this traveler’s jewel seems to sit a little bit closer — it’s just a Carnival cruise away! Visit the island during select Caribbean itineraries and experience the history-rich capital city that recently turned 500 — the incomparable Havana is at once a Caribbean time capsule and a living, breathing metropolis that’s home to two million.
ALL ABOUT CRUISING TO CUBA
Our Fantasy class ships were a landmark in the history of fun travel by sea, and now the latest in the series, Carnival Paradise, is making history by sailing to Cuba. On the way to Havana, you’ll enjoy some of our favorite onboard activities like a Twister Waterslide, simply delicious bites at Taste Bar, Seuss At Sea kids’ activities… all in addition to Carnival’s spectacular dining options, entertainment and stateroom comfort, plus great relaxation options like Spa Carnival and Serenity Adult-Only Retreat. Best of all, almost all of this is included in your fare. Find out more about Carnival Paradise.
Cuba’s capital Havana has traditionally been the kind of destination where dreaming will have to do — it’s been off-limits to most Americans for over a half-century. But now this metropolis, which looks and feels and hums with an energy unlike any other city in the world, is within reach! Book a Carnival cruise to Havana and get ready to walk the streets, see the cars and meet the people on a vacation featuring authentic cultural exchange. Learn more about Havana.
The best way to explore Cuba is with a native, and Carnival can hook you up with official local guides who get you interacting with the Cuban people — the artists, musicians, business owners and families that make up the colorful cultural fabric of Cuban society. We have a variety of excursions to choose from, depending on how you like to explore new destinations. In Cuba you’ll make new friends, learn about their trades and way of life — perhaps talk a little baseball — and get genuinely immersed in these folks’ daily lives. (If you’re planning on going ashore in Cuba, you must meet one of the U.S. government’s 12 categories of authorized travel. All Carnival shore excursions meet U.S. government requirements.)
Before You Go
It’s only natural to have questions — cruising to Cuba is a little different than visiting other destinations due to special government regulations and requirements. For instance, unlike some other destinations, you must cruise to Cuba with a valid passport. There are other things to know too, but don’t worry if you’re confused — find out more about legal requirements and how Carnival helps make cruising to Cuba easier. Read Cuba FAQs.
If you’d like to combine your love of travel with your desire to make a difference, check out our sister line’s pioneering cultural exchange voyages to Cuba. Learn more at Fathom.org.