The Tampa to Havana Route – AidaNova’s Virtual Keel Laying In Hamburg – Irma Plays Havoc With Cruise Ship Schedules

The Cruise Examiner for 11th September 2017

Empress of the Seas arriving Havana for the first time April 23, 2017 - Caribbean News

Empress of the Seas arrives in Havana in 2017 on a route that was first opened in 1885 from Tampa and Key West to Havana

Governor Cobb with Havana Special at Key West

Governor Cobb with Havana Special at Key West in the 1920s

This year saw two ships come back after sixty years to revive a long-standing route that had first been opened 132 years earlier – that between Tampa, Key West and Havana. The 1,600-berth Empress of the Seas and 2,052-berth Carnival Paradise succeed to a route that had been started by Henry Plant with his Mascotte of 1885 and Olivette of 1887. The latter was the ship that took Churchill to Cuba in 1895 and the route was operated uniquely by one predecessor for more than seventy years befre being abandoned for sixty more. Meanwhile, last week in Hamburg saw the virtual keel-laying for AIDA Cruises’ 183,000-ton 5,200-berth AidaNova. On the other side of the Atlantic, Hurricane Irma has led to the cancellation of seventeen cruises counting for 40,000 lower berths from Florida ports.

FOR THIS WEEK’S STORY                                                                                                     (See previous columns)

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