A year-long schedule of sailings by Royal Caribbean International from the US to Cuba has gone on sale.

The line is adding 58 new departures to Havana with four and five-night durations between January 2018 and March 2019.

The move represents an extension of sailings to Cuba introduced with 1,602-passenger ship Empress of the Seas in April.

The ship will return to Tampa for summer 2018, offering a series of short cruises, calling at Key West, Costa Maya, Cozumel and Havana on most sailings.

The vessel will reposition to Port Everglades in Fort Lauderdale for winter 2018-19 season, continuing short Caribbean adventures to the Caribbean destinations.

Empress of the Seas is currently sailing from Tampa until November 4 before moving to Miami for the coming winter season, adding calls to Royal Caribbean’s private island destination of CocoCay and Nassau in The Bahamas.

Royal Caribbean International CEO Michael Bayley said: “Since arriving in Cuba for the first time last month, we’ve seen the excitement of our guests when sailing into Havana and the passion they have for the city at sail away – its people, its architecture, its food, its music.

“This is the enthusiasm we strive to bring to adventure-seekers who vacation with us.

“The positive reaction to our Cuba sailings is very encouraging, and we are thrilled to expand on the number of sailings for our 2018-19 itineraries.”