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Victory Cruise Lines confirms: Cuba is open for business

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Main Victory ports of call untouched by Hurricane Irma. Port of Havana receiving cruisers.

Victory Cruise Lines confirms that all Cuba port facilities are operational and planned tour venues and shore excursions are available and functioning.  Bruce Nierenberg, president and CEO of Victory Cruise Lines, said, “Our first concern was for the people of Cuba and their safety during Hurricane Irma.  Our hearts go out to those who have experienced loss.”  Nierenberg has spoken with hosts and partners on the ground who report that recovery is well-underway and that the cruise line’s ability to operate their premium People to People Cuba cruises beginning February 2018 will not be impacted.

Having launched the only luxury circumnavigation of Cuba, with multi-day calls in five ports, Victory now offers the most immersive Cuba cruises on the market.  “When we cruise to Cuba, we want to do it right,” said Nierenberg. “We have been told by our tour operators this is simply the best Cuba cruise itinerary ever put together. It has a high value for the price and offers a leisurely pace to really get to know the people of Cuba.”  To kick things off the company unveiled a $3,000 discount per cabin, based on double occupancy, making these unrivaled cruise itineraries even more attractive.  Nierenberg commented, “The Victory Experience™ in Cuba is already the best Cuba itinerary, and our inaugural year discount makes it the best value in Cuba cruises.”

All of Victory Cruise Lines’ Cuba 360° itineraries circumnavigate the island of Cuba, stopping at Havana, Maria la Gorda, Cienfuegos, Trinidad de Cuba and Santiago de Cuba.  Designed to bring you authentic Cuba, this cruise features 5 UNESCO sites included in Victory’s generous all-inclusive shore excursions.  The cruises feature expert lecturers onboard to present Cuba in a historical context, while the People to People experiences introduce guests to the culture and lifestyles of Cuba.  All ports of call will feature local entertainment, and local cuisine will be featured on several stops.

All Victory cruises to Cuba fully comply with all U.S. regulations for Americans traveling to Cuba including recent regulatory changes announced by President Donald Trump and the U.S. State Department. All Cuban shore experiences will operate within U.S. guidelines for American travelers visiting Cuba. Victory Cruise Lines will provide certification of compliance with U.S. regulations for all guests on Victory I.

“We are an all-inclusive luxury cruise,” said Nierenberg.  “While some operators look for ways to offer less, we consistently look for opportunities to offer our passengers more. We are the only all – inclusive, circumnavigation cruise, visiting each of the five major ports in Cuba. With our 5 star food and service, free flowing alcohol and non-alcoholic beverages and our in-depth shore excursions, we are second to none.”

Victory I departs from Miami Feb. 8 and 22, March 9 and 24, and April 7 and 20, 2018. All-inclusive full fares start at $7,457 per person, double occupancy.

The 2018 winter season ends with an 11-day “Cuba and Colonial America” repositioning cruise that begins May 5 with a short flight from Miami to Havana (included) and an overnight stay at Havana. Victory I then departs Havana May 6 and will call at Jacksonville (St. Augustine), Florida; Charleston (Mount Pleasant), South Carolina; Norfolk (Yorktown), Virginia; Newport, Rhode Island; and Gloucester (Boston), Massachusetts, ending in Portland, Maine. Fares start at $6,890 per person, double occupancy.

Victory I will then reposition with an 11-day voyage from Portland to Toronto, Ontario, for a summer season of “Great Lakes Grand Discovery” cruises between Toronto and Chicago, Illinois.

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Miami-based Victory Cruise Lines operates Victory I and Victory II, identical 202-passenger ships on all-inclusive cruises to the Great Lakes, Canada, New England and Cuba. For more information about Victory Cruise Lines, visit http://www.victorycruiselines.com.

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