Company's new brand Fathom will send a 704-passenger ship to Havana, Cienfuegos and Santiago de Cuba
A group of tourists lingers in a Cuban street. Photo: Associated Press/Enric Marti,
21 of March 2016 19:36:44
NEW YORK — The world's largest cruise line is getting approval from Cuba to start running "cultural exchange" trips to the island starting in May.With hotels in Cuba in short supply, Carnival Corp.'s new brand, Fathom offers travelers another option.[caption id="attachment_8101" align="alignleft" width="300"] Carnival Corp.'s new Fathom ship will ferry tourists to Cuba. Photo via Carnival Corp.[/caption]A 704-passenger ship will initially visit ports in Havana, Cienfuegos and Santiago de Cuba. The ship is relatively small for the industry; most carry 3,000 passengers. There's no casino or Broadway shows. And guests won't be snorkeling. Instead, they must spend at least eight hours each day involved in some type of cultural experience.Prices for the seven-day voyages start at $1,800 per person, considerably higher than Caribbean voyages of similar length, but less than the $2,990 Carnival originally sought when it received a license from the U.S. government licensed in July.