Cuba's cruise season runs November through April. At this writing, Carnival (under its new Fathom brand) and Haimark Line have announced plans for Cuba cruises with cultural exchange itineraries, a category of travel permitted by the U.S. government for its citizens.
Cuba Cruise. The 1,200-passenger Louis Cristal calls at Havana, María la Gorda, Cienfuegos, Santiago, with a stop in Montego Bay. 855/364–4999; www.yourcubacruise.com.
Fathom. 855/932–8466; www.fathom.org.
Haimark Line. 855/424–6275; www.haimarkline.com.
Star Clippers. The tall ships of Star Clippers sail on various five- to seven-day cruises that take in several Cuban ports and begin and end in Havana or Cienfuegos. 800/442–0551; www.starclippers.co.uk.
Voyages of Discovery. Onboard expert speakers add to the background on Voyage of Discovery's 15-day cruise that begins in Cozumel and ends in Barbados, and takes in several Caribbean ports including Havana and Santiago. 800/510–9061; www.voyagesofdiscovery.com.