Victory Cruise Lines hosted a VIP reception aboard Victory I at PortMIAMI yesterday to mark the line’s first call at the port. The event was attended by local dignitaries, tourism representatives and port officials.
Attendees included William Talbert of the Greater Miami Convention and Visitors Bureau, Captain Jonathan Nitkin of Biscayne Bay Pilots, Ellis Canty of the International Longshoremen Association Local 1416, Christopher Arocha of Eller-ITO Stevedoring Co., Chief Frank Roig of the Miami-Dade Police Department’s Seaport Operations Bureau and Richard Chung of Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Department.
“We have been gratified with the warm reception Victory Cruise Lines has received from PortMIAMI and the local business community,” said Chairman Bruce Nierenberg. “We look forward to calling Miami our seasonal homeport for our upcoming Cuba and Mexico sailings.”
Victory I docked at PortMIAMI for the reception April 18 and travel agent ship tours and a sales seminar on April 19. The ship departs Friday, April 20, on a “Cuba 360” circumnavigation. The 15-night cruise calls at Cuba’s four primary seaports and features three days and three nights in the capital of Havana. The ship then departs May 5 from Miami to reposition for Canada/New England cruises through the summer.
Victory Cruise Lines recently announced a series of 13- and 14-night cruises to Cuba roundtrip from Miami between January and April 2019 aboard Victory I. The line also plans to operate a nine-night “Yucatan Cruise and Land Safari” from Miami from January to May 2019 aboard Victory II, the second 202-passenger sister ship that is slated to join the fleet in June 2018.