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Carnival Ship Sets Sail on Historic Voyage to Cuba

The Carnival cruise ship will arrive at its first destination in Havana, Monday morning at 11 a.m.

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    The first cruise ship to sail to Cuba in decades is set to arrive in Havana, Cuba on Monday. (Published Monday, May 2, 2016)

    Fathom's Adonia set sail from Miami to Havana on Sunday afternoon, a historic voyage marking the first time an American cruise company has sailed from the United States to Cuba in decades.

    The Adonia departed on a seven-day cruise from PortMiami at 3:30 p.m. and is scheduled to arrive at its first destination in Havana, Monday morning at 11 a.m. It will also make stop in Cienfuegos and Santiago de Cuba.

    "And we're off! #cuba here we come. #travelDeep," the company tweeted before the inaugural journey.

    Fathom's 704-passenger Adonia luxury ship will operate bi-weekly cruises. The company said bookings will start at $1,800 per person and feature an array of cultural and educational activities, including Spanish lessons.

    The Cuban government in March approved plans by Carnival Corp., Fathom's parent company, to begin sailing to the island nation out of Miami.

    "We made history in March, and we are a part of making history again today," said Arnold Donald, CEO of Carnival Corporation. "More importantly, we are contributing to a positive future. This is a positive outcome and we are extremely pleased. We want to extend our sincere appreciation to Cuba and to our team who worked so hard to help make this happen."

    The Adonia returns to PortMiami at 7:30 a.m. on Sunday. Obama's Historic Trip to Cuba in PhotosObama's Historic Trip to Cuba in Photos