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Cuba Yacht Cruise

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It has never been so easy to go back in time to a place rooted in culture and history, where the people are as warm and welcoming as the climate. Circumnavigate the Western half of Cuba during 8 days (7 nights) aboard the S/C Panorama on a people-to-people program that allows you to discover a country that's been closed to Americans for half a century. You'll explore the western part of the Caribbean island nation famous for its culture, music, warm people and art. Our package also includes two nights in Miami. One night pre-departure and one night after your return from Cuba.

What Havana looks like in 2016 (video)

About This Cruise

Itinerary Highlights

Havana, Maria La Gorda, Guanahacabibes National Park, Cayo Largo, Playa Sirena, Trinidad, Cienfuegos, Cienfuegos/Miami

Included:

  • Air flights from and to Miami
  • Port charges
  • Seven nights aboard the modern and comfortable S/C Panorama ,S/C Panorama II or M/Y Voyager. All cabins air conditioned.
  • Pre and post hotel night at Miami Airport Hotel with free shuttle service
  • All meals from arrival in Cuba to breakfast on day of departure
  • Free coffee, tea, mineral water
  • Old Havana and the renovation of its historic architecture
  • People-to-People interaction and meaningful exchanges with locals
  • Guanahacabibes National Park and its 140 archeological sites
  • No packing & unpacking to change hotels
  • Cuban visa, mandatory Cuban medical insurance, and transportation as per itinerary
  • Special Untours reduction of $50 per person

Air Options

Air from Miami to Cuba and back to Miami is included.

Not included:

  • Drinks other than coffee, tea, mineral water (Cash bar on board. All onboard charges are in euros.)
  • Gratuities
  • Laundry
  • Travel Insurance
  • Single supplement: Please call to inquire


Itinerary

Itinerary for M/Y Variety Voyager

Note: Itinerary is reversed on alternate weeks and varies by ship.

Day 1 - Saturday: Miami/Havana
Arrive in Havana where you will be met and assisted by a member of our team. Our People to People program begins immediately with an overview of this exciting city, including the Plaza de la Revolucion, followed by a visit to Finca Vigia, beloved home of Ernest Hemingway where he lived for 21 years. After lunch in a traditional paladar, we will visit a very unique nostalgic car garage to view just how the Cubans manage to creatively keep those old American cars in such fine working condition. Then enjoy a performance by the musicians and dancers of the Havana Compas Dance Group before we continue to the pier for embarkation on the Voyager, followed by a boat drill and welcome briefing. Overnight in Sierra Maestra Port – Old Havana.
Day 2 - Sunday: Havana
After breakfast, disembark for a walking exploration of Old Havana, a mixture of beautiful old baroque and neo-classical monuments, arcades and private balconies. We will stop at Fusterlandia, studio of artist Jose Rodriguez Fuster. The brightly colored mermaids, roofs, walls, benches, and doorways are greatly inspired by Gaudi in Barcelona and Brancusi in Rome, but most of all by Picasso and Dubuffet. Lunch will be at another of Cuba's paladares, followed by a stop at the Merger Art Studio to view some magnificent sculptures and beautiful paintings before we continue to the San Jose Arts and Crafts Market. After a wonderful dinner ashore, time to celebrate at the famous and historical Tropicana nightclub show. Overnight in Sierra Maestra Port – Old Havana.
Day 3 - Monday: At sea
Early morning sailing around Western Cuba for a day at sea toward the Isla de la Juventud, the second largest island in Cuba and the seventh largest island in the West Indies. Our Cruise Director and local guide will conduct informative programs and lectures about Cuba and its people, explaining the meaningful exchanges that will be taking place during the People to People program. Overnight at sea to Juventud Island - Singuanea Bay.
Day 4 - Tuesday: Isla Juventud
Until 1977, the island was called the Isle of Pines. In 1978 Fidel Castro turned the island into one grand Communist school for students from around the world and thus the Island of Youth. Disembark on the beach and board the bus for the short drive, enjoying panoramic sightseeing and a tour of the Presidio Modelo, an abandoned panopticon prison where both Fidel and Raul Castro were imprisoned from 1953-1955. Enjoy lunch in an authentic local restaurant before visiting an art school and the maternity ward of a local hospital. There will be some free time for independent exploration and enjoyment around Nueva Gerona’s grand boulevard before returning to embark the ship. Overnight at sea to Cayo Largo.
Day 5 - Wednesday: Cayo Largo
Disembark in mid-morning ready for our People to People activities. Visit the local clinic to discuss the medical system in Cuba and engage with the local doctors and nurses. Visit the Sea Turtle Breeding Center and Endangered Species Protection program. There will be time for some snorkeling and swimming to explore the coral reef in open sea. Overnight at sea to Casilda /Trinidad.
Day 6 - Thursday: Casilda/ Trinidad
Today we visit Trinidad, a meticulously well-preserved Spanish colonial city. With its rich architecture, cobblestone streets, palaces and plazas, it is sometimes referred to as the "Museum City of Cuba." We will walk through the town, and then meet with a representative of the Office of the City, interacting with residents along the way. Stop at the Romantic Museum located in the old palace of the Count Brunet. Visit the studio of Lazaro, a very unique woodcarver. Lunch at a local restaurant. Midafternoon we sail for Cienfuegos and arrive by nightfall. Farewell Dinner. Overnight in Cienfuegos port onboard Voyager.
Day 7 - Friday: Cienfuegos
Enjoy breakfast onboard before disembarking for our visit to Cienfuegos, founded by French settlers and thus with a unique architecture. Cienfuegos is also known as the Pearl of the South and was declared a UNESCO World Heritage site. Visit the graphic arts workshop and the Benny More School of Art. Walk around the city center and admire outstanding examples of French neo classical architecture from the 19th Century. A special treat will be a concert by the singers of the Chorus of Cienfuegos, or string quartet. After lunch we will stroll around the city, meet the locals, and visit the galleries and the local market. Overnight in port.
Day 8 - Saturday: Cienfuegos
Disembark and transfer to the airport for short return flight.

Note: This itinerary may be subject to change as a result of weather and other factors not in our control. Our vessels have been granted the longest stays of any cruise boats in the port of Havana. Since space at the dock itself is severely limited, this itinerary might involve a combination of having to tender in to shore, as well as docking at one of only two piers.

Intinerary for S/C Panorama & M/Y Callisto

Note: Itinerary is reversed on alternate weeks and varies by ship.

Day 1 - Saturday: Havana
Depart from Miami International Airport for a short flight to Havana's Jose Marti Airport. Arrival, meeting and assistance and board our bus for your panoramic tour of Havana, capital city of Cuba. Our people to people program begins with an overview of this exciting city, including the Plaza de la Revolucion, followed by a visit to Finca Vigia, beloved home of Ernest Hemingway where he lived for 21 years and wrote For Whom the Bell Tolls and The Old Man and the Sea. Stop to enjoy a “welcome lunch” at a paladar, a small, privately owned Cuban restaurant serving traditional Cuban food, before continuing to a very unique nostalgic car garage to view just how the Cubans manage to creatively keep those old cars in such fine working condition. Then it's a short drive back to Havana and an exciting performance from a young, Compass dance troupe. These gifted percussionists use drums, chairs, and anything they can find to beat out magnificent dance rhythms, weaving a colorful and exciting dance performance that you are sure to enjoy and long remember. Continue to the pier for embarkation of the Panorama followed by a boat drill and welcome briefing. Dinner onboard.
Day 2 - Sunday: Havana
After breakfast, disembark for a walking exploration of Old Havana. Founded in 1519 by the Spanish, Havana became one of the most important ship building centers in the Caribbean around which a sprawling metropolis grew. Now numbering a population of 2 million, it is a mixture of beautiful old baroque and neo-classical monuments, arcades and private balconies. Old Havana is considered one of the most impressive historical city centers in the Caribbean and in the Americas. We will stop at Fusterlandia, studio of artist Jose Rodriguez Fuster. His brightly colored mermaids, roofs, walls, benches, doorways and roosters stretch across houses and adorn the entire area. It is said that he was greatly inspired by Gaudi in Barcelona and Brancusi in Rome but most of all by Picasso and Dubuffet. Lunch will be at another of Cuba's delicious paladares followed by a stop at the Merger Art Studio to view some magnificent sculptures and wonderful paintings before we continue to the San Jose Arts and Crafts Market. Here in an old 1885 warehouse near the pier you will find wonderful gifts from carvings, shirts, art, music and more. Enjoy dinner at the” Café Taberna” or similar complete with the wonderful salsa music of the Buena Vista Social Club style performance. Return to the Panorama.
Day 3 - Monday: Havana-Vinales Region
Depart early in the morning by bus for the Vinales Valley, a UNESCO World Heritage site in the Pinar del Rio Province of Cuba. Encircled by mountains, its landscape is interspersed with dramatic rocky outcrops. Traditional techniques are still in use for agricultural production, particularly of tobacco. Visit a tobacco farm where you will learn about the production of those world famous Cuban cigars. After lunch at an organic restaurant, we'll visit an organic farm to hear about how the climate and fertile soil have contributed to the success of organic farming in the region. Depart the Vinales and drive to Maria La Gorda. Check in to the Hotel Maria La Goda or similar for dinner and overnight at the hotel.
Day 4 - Tuesday: Maria la Gorda
After breakfast, drive by bus to the village of San Juan del Valle. Here we will visit the local school to discuss the differences and levels of the Cuban and American educational systems, in particular the rural areas of the country. Meet the Cuban children and their teachers. Visit Guanahacabibes National Park, one of the country's largest nature reserves on the westernmost tip of the island. Meet with the naturalists and locals. The peninsula is one of the last refuges of aboriginals fleeing from the Spanish conquistadors and also holds some 140 archeological sites linked to life of aboriginals known as Guanahatabeyes. There will be time for swimming, snorkeling and a BBQ lunch in Maria La Gorda before embarking the Panorama. Dinner and overnight onboard the Panorama II as we sail to the Island of Youth-Isla de la Juventud.
Day 5 - Wednesday: Bay of Singuanea/Juventud Island
Until 1977, the island was called the Isle of Pines. In 1978 Fidel Castro turned the island into one grand Communist school for students from around the world and thus the Island of Youth. Disembark on the beach and board the bus for the short drive, enjoying panoramic sightseeing and a tour of the Presidio Modelo, an abandoned panopticon prison where both Fidel and Raul Castro were imprisoned from 1953-1955. Enjoy lunch in an authentic local restaurant before visiting an art school and the maternity ward of a local hospital. There will be some free time for independent exploration and enjoyment around Nueva Gerona’s grand boulevard before returning to embark the ship.
Day 6 - Thursday: Day at Sea/Trinidad
Arrival to Trinidad in the evening hours, disembark for the Trinidad by Night short sightseeing tour of the most beautiful streets and squares. Dinner will be served in one of many famous local “Paladars.”
Day 7 - Friday: Trinidad/Cienfuegos
We begin our day in Trinidad by visiting the Romantic Museum or Cantero Palace, followed by sightseeing of 500 years old colonial city. During our visit you will have opportunity to exchange with local artist in their studios. We continue on the bus to Cienfuegos, located about 45 miles from Trinidad on the Southern tip of Cuba, this city is the only one in Cuba to be founded by French settlers. It is also known as the Pearl of the South. In 2005 it was declared a UNESCO World Heritage site. Enjoy lunch at a lovely Paladar before taking a stroll around Cienfuegos, meet the locals, visit the galleries and enjoy this UNESCO World Heritage Site. We'll have a walking tour of the city center and see some outstanding examples of its architecture representing the new ideas of modernity and urban planning as developed in Latin America from the 19th Century. A special treat will be a concert by the musicians and singers of the Chorus of Cienfuegos, the Best Chorus in the Country! Visit the graphic arts workshop. Dinner onboard.
Day 8 - Saturday: Cienfuegos
Disembark and transfer to the airport for short return flight to Miami International Airport.

Note: This itinerary may be subject to change as a result of weather and other factors not in our control. Our vessels have been granted the longest stays of any cruise boats in the port of Havana. Since space at the dock itself is severely limited, this itinerary might involve a combination of having to tender in to shore, as well as docking at one of only two piers.
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