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Join this 8-day small ship cruise aboard the Panorama II, and discover Cuba's ancient history and rich cultural diversity. Explore the colonial cities of Cienfuegos and Trinidad, the Valley of Vinales (one of Cuba's most scenic regions), and the crystal clear seas and amazing underwater life in Maria La Gorda/Bahia de Corrientes and Cayo Largo. Enjoy guided walking explorations and people to people visits to local communities, UNESCO World Heritage Sites, local museums, and art and home studios.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Miami to Cienfuegos | Embark
Day 2 : Trinidad
Day 3 : Cayo Largo
Day 4 : Maria La Gorda
Day 5 : Havana
Day 6 : Havana
Day 7 : Havana
Day 8 : Disembark in Havana | Fly to Miami


  • Immerse yourself in Old Havana, a World Heritage Site
  • Explore Guanahacabibes National Park & its 140 archaeological sites
  • Join coral reef experts on a guided snorkeling experience in Cayo Largo
  • Visit Trinidad, a meticulously well-preserved Spanish colonial city


Panorama II

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  • Small Ship

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Trip Snapshots

Havana Street Performers Trinidad, Cuba Cuban Tobacco Plantation Havana Plaza Vieja Old Building and Cars - Cuba

Day 1 Miami to Cienfuegos | Embark

  • Ship
  • 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Depart from Miami International Airport on your short flight to Cuba. Located about 250 km from Havana 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 the historic center was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. "Among buildings of particular interest are the Government Palace (City Hall), San Lorenzo School, the Bishopric, the Ferrer Palace, the former lyceum, and some residential houses. Cienfuegos is the first, and an outstanding example of an architectural ensemble representing the new ideas of modernity, hygiene, and order in urban planning as developed in Latin America from the 19th century."

Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant, Los Laurelos, where you can enjoy not only excellent food but also Cuban music and some Salsa lessons as well. Engage with the musicians and singers, young and old, and enjoy a presentation and exchange with the Chorus of Cienfuegos, for two years in a row awarded with the title of "The Best Chorus in the Country."

Before lunch, participate in a walking tour of the city center, visiting the Graphic Arts Workshop for discussions and interchanges with local artists. Visit the local open farmer's market to see Cubans in the process of buying their fruit, vegetables, and some meat. At this market all produce is sold in Cuban Pesos. Visit a CUC supermarket to better understand the workings of a two currency country.

In the late afternoon, continue to the Cruise Ship Terminal to embark and participate in a mandatory emergency boat drill followed by a Welcome Orientation and briefing by your Program Manager. Dinner onboard the S/C Panorama II. Set sail for Casilda/Trinidad.

Day 2 Trinidad

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
After a relaxed breakfast onboard it's time to depart on your excursion to 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." This morning you can walk through the town with a representative of the Office of the City Historian, interacting with residents along the way. There are stops for visits to local artists - young women artists who, through their art, are raising the status of women. Continue to home studios, the Museum Romantico, or the Architecture Museum.

Enjoy lunch in this most picturesque city. In the afternoon, there is free time to walk around this classic colonial town and for individual exchanges. Enjoy a "Bon Voyage" Cocktail and panoramic sail of "Bahia de Casilda." Dinner and overnight onboard the S/C Panorama II, then set sail for Cayo Largo.

Day 3 Cayo Largo

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Disembark in the late morning for your People to People activities. Visit the local clinic to discuss the medical system in Cuba with local doctors and nurses. Visit a Sea Turtle Breeding Center and Endangered Species Protection program. Meet the locals and discuss their particular way of life on this isolated key.

After a early lunch at the Marina of Cayo Largo enjoy some snorkeling at the coral reef, followed by free time at the beach "Playa Sirena", considered to be one of top five most beautiful beaches in Cuba. Return to the S/C Panorama II for dinner and departure for Maria La Gorda.

Day 4 Maria La Gorda

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Early breakfast onboard followed by disembarkation via local tenders and a visit to the community of La Bajada. Visit the local school to learn about Cuban/USA education system in particular in 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 was one of the last refuges of aboriginals fleeing from the Spanish conquistadors and also holds some 140 archaeological sites linked to the life of aborigines, who were known as Guanahatabeyes.

Enjoy a BBQ on the beach with some time for a swim before returning to the boat. Dinner and overnight onboard the S/C Panorama II and set sail for Cayo Largo.

Day 5 Havana

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
After a breakfast and lunch on board enjoy your arrival to Havana via a panoramic sail into the Bay of Havana. In the early afternoon disembark for a people to people exchange with dancers, musicians, and performers of the Havana Compas Dance Group, who interpret Lillet Riviera's choreographies using drumstick, slippers, chairs, claves, castanets, heels, chequeres, and drums, in addition to flamenco gesture and Cuban folkloric dance moves. Enjoy a people to people exchange with a young Cuban emerging artist, Daymi, at her art studio. Lunch and dinner onboard the S/C Panorama II.

Day 6 Havana

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Depart for a full-day tour of Havana and beyond, following in the footsteps of Ernest Hemingway. Drive by bus to the "Finca Vigia", Hemingway's beloved home where he lived for 21 years and worked on some of his most famous literary works such as "The Old Man and the Sea" and "For Whom the Bell Tolls". Lunch at the "Finca El Divino", one of the best examples of Cuban Urban Agriculture and finest restaurant in the area. Enjoy the short presentation and "People to People" exchange on the subject of sustainable urban agriculture followed by Cuban food specialties and a cooking demonstration.

After lunch, continue to Jaimanita and the neighborhood artwork of one of the most representative Cuban modern artists, Jose Fuster. Recognition of his art is now widespread from his studio all the way into the surrounding neighborhood - "Fusterlandia." Visit Romeo and Juliet or Patragas Cigar Factory, Cuba's largest and perhaps most renowned cigar factory, producing around 5 million of the finest cigars a year. Enjoy some free time at the San Jose Art Market, the largest art and souvenir marketplace in Havana, or return to the boat.

In the evening, depart for the El Guajirito and a fascinating "People to People" exchange with musical artists from the Buena Vista Social Club, followed by a late dinner and show at the site. Return to the S/C Panorama II for overnight.

Day 7 Havana

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Explore "Habana Vieja" (Old Havana) by strolling the streets between the four main colonial squares. Enjoy a farewell lunch at a local "Paladar" (privately-owned restaurant) in the heart of Old Havana, "Moneda Cubana". Your visit to Havana and Cuba ends with some local delicacies and of course Cuban music. Enjoy the afternoon at leisure.

In the evening, enjoy some special guests onboard the Panorama II. The young and dynamic Cuban Trio "Carpe Diem" introduce you to the fantastic and magical world of Cuban music. At the end of the performance, there is time for a people to people exchange with the young artists. Dinner on board and evening at leisure.

Day 8 Disembark in Havana | Fly to Miami

  • 1 Breakfast
After breakfast onboard, transfer to the airport for the return flight to Miami.

Panorama II

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Panorama II's Category C Cabin.
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Category C
Located on the lower deck, porthole and private bath facilities. One double bed only. 125 square feet.
Panorama II's Category B Cabin.
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Category B
Located on the lower deck, porthole and private bath facilities. Twin beds, one double bed or triple beds. 135 square feet.
Panorama II's Category A Cabin.
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Category A
Main or upper deck, window and private bath facilities. Twin beds or one double bed.


- Please note that fares do not include port charges and possible fuel surcharges. Contact us for details.

Please Note: This itinerary is subject to change. On alternative Saturdays, the itinerary will operate in reverse.

Cruise fares are per person and include:
  • Accommodation in double or twin cabins with private SH/WC & air conditioning
  • Full-board: American buffet breakfast and two meals daily, including a Welcome Cocktail, and Captain’s Dinner
  • Regular (filter) coffee, tea and still mineral water free all day
  • Services of the Cruise Coordinator on and off the ship 
  • All excursions and meals off the ship as per program with local Guides
  • All transfers in Cuba  and airport transfer from hotel to airport if applicable

Cruise fares do not include:
  • Visa cost - $75  - Received at the airport at time of check in
  • Cost of flight – Varies with the season
  • Port charges
  • Tips for restaurant waitstaff and drivers
  • Beverages (except those mentioned above)
  • Crew tips and Tour Director tips
  • Personal expenses 


  • 7 Breakfasts, 7 Lunches, 7 Dinners


  • Internal Flights
    • $599 Roundtrip Air From Miami
    • Flight cost is subject to change
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