Royal Caribbean has been waiting on approval from the Cuban government to begin sailing to the Caribbean island. They have been slowly rolling out more sailings to the Bahamas and Caribbean on Empress of the Seas as the approval process has taken longer than expected.
The additional sailings added are a variety of cruises that range from three to eight nights. The last sailing added is a seven night Western Caribbean Holiday cruise that departs Miami, Florida on December 27, 2016 and returns on January 3, 2017. Prices on these additional sailings added by Royal Caribbean start at $57 per night (based on double occupancy).
It is widely expected that Royal Caribbean will use the smaller 48,500 gross ton Empress of the Seas for cruises to Cuba once the cruise line receives approval. Empress of the Seas was recently brought back into the cruise line’s fleet after an extensive dry dock. The ship first debuted in 1990 and can carry 1,840 guests on nine passenger decks.