Oceania Cruises’ Sirena will now sail in the Middle East, North Africa and Asia from next winter after the US government banned cruise ships sailing to Cuba.

Sirena will operate nine sailings of between 10 and 24 days from November 2020 to April 2021.

All sailings on the 684-berth vessel include overnight port calls, with some itineraries featuring as many as four.

The Sirena Exotic Collection programme also includes six new ports of call for Oceania: Khasab and Doha, both Qatar; Sir Bani Yas, UAE; Sabang, Indonesia; Al Bahrain, Bahrain; and Marmaris, Turkey.

The programme starts with a 12-day Aegean Awakening voyage from Jerusalem (Haifa) to Istanbul, departing on November 9, 2020. Ports of call include Paphos, Cyprus; Alanya, Turkey; and Athens.

Sirena then sails a 20-day Footsteps of Discovery cruise from Istanbul to Dubai. It is followed by a December 21 Souks, Spices and Sand departure from Dubai to Mumbai, from £3,149.

The ship will then reposition to Myanmar and Thailand for January 2021 before returning to Dubai.

The final itinerary of the programme is a 22-day Passage Through Time, departing Dubai on March 10, 2021, to Athens, priced from £4,019.

More than 50 of the line’s voyages were affected by the Cuba travel ban, which was announced this month.

Oceania has also urged agents wishing to take part in one of its remaining UK ship visits this year, which run until October 3, to contact its trade sales team.

Limited places are available for seven of the eight events, taking place in Southampton, Greenock, Dover, Dublin and St Peter Port, Guernsey.

Agents are encouraged to invite up to 10 customer couples along with them for their ship visit.

Bernard Carter, Oceania’s senior vice-president and managing director for Europe and the Middle East, said: “Allowing agents to bring couples on board shows a level of trust between us.” To request a place, email EventsUK@oceaniacruises.com.