It’s optimistic enough that Royal Caribbean International on Monday launched a new, larger ship, the 880-foot-long Majesty of the Seas, in response to increased demand for sailings to Havana. Through October, Majesty of the Seas will offer four- and five-night cruises from Tampa to Havana that include day or overnight stays.

Passengers board the 880-foot Majesty of the Seas in Port Tampa Bay Monday, May 14, 2018. This is the second summer in a row that Royal Caribbean will offer cruises to Cuba out of Tampa. Majesty of the Seas will have four and five night offerings to Havana that include day and overnight stays. JAMES BORCHUCK | Times
Passengers board the 880-foot Majesty of the Seas in Port Tampa Bay Monday, May 14, 2018. This is the second summer in a row that Royal Caribbean will offer cruises to Cuba out of Tampa. Majesty of the Seas will have four and five night offerings to Havana that include day and overnight stays. JAMES BORCHUCK | Times
Passengers explore the main pool deck as seen from the Viking Crown Lounge on the 880-foot Majesty of the Seas docked in Port Tampa Monday, May 14, 2018. This is the second summer in a row that Royal Caribbean will offer cruises to Cuba out of Tampa. Majesty of the Seas will have four and five night offerings to Havana that include day and overnight stays. JAMES BORCHUCK | Times
Passengers explore the main pool deck as seen from the Viking Crown Lounge on the 880-foot Majesty of the Seas docked in Port Tampa Monday, May 14, 2018. This is the second summer in a row that Royal Caribbean will offer cruises to Cuba out of Tampa. Majesty of the Seas will have four and five night offerings to Havana that include day and overnight stays. JAMES BORCHUCK | Times
The Centrum of the Majesty of the Seas was lit up in multicolored lights as passengers boarded Monday, May 14, 2018 at Port Tampa Bay in downtown Tampa. Built in 1992, the Majesty of the Seas is 880-feet long, has a crew of 827, can hold a capacity of 3,571 including crew, and has 1,147 state rooms. JAMES BORCHUCK | Times
The Centrum of the Majesty of the Seas was lit up in multicolored lights as passengers boarded Monday, May 14, 2018 at Port Tampa Bay in downtown Tampa. Built in 1992, the Majesty of the Seas is 880-feet long, has a crew of 827, can hold a capacity of 3,571 including crew, and has 1,147 state rooms. JAMES BORCHUCK | Times
The Centrum of the Majesty of the Seas was lit up in multicolored lights as passengers boarded Monday, May 14, 2018 at Port Tampa Bay in downtown Tampa. Built in 1992, the Majesty of the Seas is 880-feet long, has a crew of 827, can hold a capacity of 3,571 including crew, and has 1,147 state rooms. JAMES BORCHUCK | Times
The Centrum of the Majesty of the Seas was lit up in multicolored lights as passengers boarded Monday, May 14, 2018 at Port Tampa Bay in downtown Tampa. Built in 1992, the Majesty of the Seas is 880-feet long, has a crew of 827, can hold a capacity of 3,571 including crew, and has 1,147 state rooms. JAMES BORCHUCK | Times
In response to growing demand, Royal Caribbean International is offering cruises out of Port Tampa Bay to Cuba on the Majesty of the Seas which can carry 2,744 passengers. The 880-foot vessel left the port Monday, May 14, 2018 with a musical sendoff in Terminal 3. JAMES BORCHUCK | Times
In response to growing demand, Royal Caribbean International is offering cruises out of Port Tampa Bay to Cuba on the Majesty of the Seas which can carry 2,744 passengers. The 880-foot vessel left the port Monday, May 14, 2018 with a musical sendoff in Terminal 3. JAMES BORCHUCK | Times
The pool deck on the Majesty of the Seas was the main gathering place as passengers boarded Monday morning in Port Tampa Bay. According to a press packet, 9,750 bottles of beer and 4,608 cans of beer are consumed weekly on the vessel. JAMES BORCHUCK | Times
The pool deck on the Majesty of the Seas was the main gathering place as passengers boarded Monday morning in Port Tampa Bay. According to a press packet, 9,750 bottles of beer and 4,608 cans of beer are consumed weekly on the vessel. JAMES BORCHUCK | Times