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Scenes from Carnival's historic voyage to Cuba

Carnival Corporation's CEO and President Arnold Donald and Fathom President Tara Russell toast the passengers, the crew and the historic voyage as Carnival's Adonia pulled away from Miami, Florida on its way to Cuba.

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Carnival's cruise to Cuba

The 704-passenger Adonia cruise ship made history this week by sailing from Miami to Havana. In doing so, the vessel became the first U.S. leisure ship to travel from the U.S. to Cuba in more than 50 years.

The Adonia was part of Carnival's Fathom brand, based around so-called "impact travel" where passengers not only take part in the usual cruise activities like eating, drinking and sun-bathing, but have the opportunity to learn from and work with locals in each port of call.

Carnival CEO Arnold Donald told CNBC in an on-board interview that the company was "delighted" to be the first U.S. company to dock in a Cuban port in decades. To mark the occasion, CNBC compiled the following pictures that show both the ship and the atmosphere in Havana when the vessel docked.

— By CNBC's Justin Solomon
Posted 7 May 2016

Justin Solomon | CNBC