by Lisa A. Grimaldi | March 22, 2016

Cuba has granted approval for Carnival Corp. -- through its Fathom brand -- to begin cruises to the Caribbean nation beginning May 1. Fathom's 704-passenger MV Adonia has obtained berthing rights at three ports of call --  Havana, Cienfuegos and Santiago de Cuba -- for its weeklong sailings from Miami.

The Cuba cruises offer onboard experiences including Cuban- and Caribbean-inspired music and film options, as well as Cuban-inspired menus. Special onboard programming will feature a variety of activities, ranging from an orientation to Cuba's history, customs and culture, to geographic-inspired entertainment and guided sessions with the Fathom team.

"Our Carnival Corporation and Fathom brand teams have worked closely with Cuba throughout this process, and we are thrilled to begin regular sailings to Cuba from Miami starting on May 1," said Tara Russell, president of Carnival's Fathom brand.

"We are excited about Cuban approval and are ready to take travelers there through an extraordinary guest experience on the beautiful MV Adonia," said Arnold Donald, CEO of Carnival. "This is an historic opportunity, and we know there is pent-up demand amongst Americans who want to experience Cuba. We believe there is no better way to experience so much of Cuba in seven days."