Trump’s Cuba ban benefits Dubai cruise sector with new Oceania itineraries
Oceania Cruises has announced that it’s 684-passenger luxury cruise ship Sirena will spend the winter and spring cruise seasons in 2020/21 in the Mediterranean and Arabian Gulf instead of the Caribbean after US President Trump banned US cruise ships from visiting the island nation.
Sirena was originally scheduled to spend November, 2020 to April, 2021 cruising the Caribbean, with Cuba and its capital, Havana, featured as a highlight of most itineraries.
Instead, she will now extend her 2020 European summer season and spend winter/spring 2020/21 on in-depth explorations of Egypt, Israel, Turkey, the Arabian Gulf, India and Southeast Asia.
Sirena will cruise a total of three times from Dubai in late 2020 and early 2021 on a roundtrip cruise of 10 nights, and a 15 night cruise to Mumbai, as well as a 20-night voyage from Dubai to Piraeus in Greece.
On the 10-night Dubai to Dubai cruise Sirena will visit Sir Bani Yas Island, Doha, Bahrain and Khassab for the first time.
“We’ve thoughtfully crafted these immersive and off-the-beaten-path explorations to some of the hardest-to-reach destinations in the world to satiate our guests’ appetites for new and unusual travel experiences,” said Bob Binder, CEO at Oceania Cruises.