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Cienfuegos to Havana: People to People

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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. Cruise through Cuba during 8 days aboard the Variety Voyager on a people to people program in a country that has been closed to Americans for half a century. Explore the western part of the island nation famous for its culture, music, warm people, and art.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Miami to Cienfuegos | Embark
Day 2 : Trinidad
Day 3 : Cayo Largo
Day 4 : Juventud Island
Day 5 : At Sea
Day 6 : Havana
Day 7 : Havana
Day 8 : Havana | Disembark | Fly to Miami

Highlights

  • Engage with the musicians of Cienfuegos and enjoy Neoclassical structures
  • Explore Old Havana and its historic architecture
  • Visit Guanahacabibes National Park and its 140 archaeological sites
  • Tour Trinidad, a meticulously well-preserved Spanish colonial city

Ship

Variety Voyager

Places Visited

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

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

Day 1 Miami to Cienfuegos | Embark

  • Ship
  • 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Depart from Miami International Airport for a short flight to Cuba. (Flights not included) Upon arrival board your bus for a panoramic tour of Cienfuegos. Located about 250 km from Havana at 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. Lunch at Los Laureles, or similar. After lunch, attend salsa lessons and a performance by the singers of the Chorus of Cienfuegos, or by a string quartet. Visit the Graphic Arts Workshop, and have a walking tour of the city center and Parque Marti to 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. Stop at a local fruit and vegetable market.

Continue to the pier for embarkation on the M/V Variety Voyager and enjoy a welcome briefing and dinner onboard.

Day 2 Trinidad

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
After a relaxed breakfast on board, depart on your excursion in 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 walk through the town with a representative of the Office of the City Historian, interacting with residents along the way. Stop at the Romantic Museum located in the old palace of the Count Brunet with samples of furniture and decorative arts, or the Palacio Cantero Museum. Visit the studio of Lazaro, a very unique woodcarver, and take part in a sightseeing tour of this UNESCO World Heritage Site. Enjoy lunch at a typical Cuban restaurant, or similar followed by leisure time before returning to the Voyager for embarkation.

Day 3 Cayo Largo

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Disembark in the late morning and head toward a local clinic to discuss the medical system in Cuba with doctors and nurses. Next, 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 an 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 the top five most beautiful beaches in Cuba.

Day 4 Juventud Island

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Enter the Bay of Singuanea and moor in front of the Colony Hotel. After breakfast, disembark on the beach and board the bus for the drive to the capital city of the island – Nueva Gerona. Visit the Universidad de la Isla de la Juventud Jesus Montana Ropes, enjoy panoramic sightseeing, and tour the Presidio Modulo, an abandoned prison of Cuba. The most infamous inmates were Fidel Castro and other Moncada rebels, housed there from 1953 to 1955. Stop for lunch in Nueva Gerona before returning to the beach at the Colony Hotel for an afternoon of leisure.                       

Day 5 At Sea

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Enjoy the onboard amenities as the Voyager makes her way toward Havana. Cuba’s capital, Havana is the largest city in the Caribbean. A vacation hot spot before the Communist Revolution, Havana is once again becoming a popular tourist destination. Rich in colonial history and celebrated culture, it is no wonder that figures such as Ernest Hemingway put down roots. Onboard the Voyager there are movies about Cuba and the Cruise Director and local guide conducts informative programs and lectures about Cuba and its people, explaining the meaningful exchanges that takes place during the people to people program. Enjoy the onboard amenities as the Voyager makes her way toward Havana for an evening arrival.

Day 6 Havana

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
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.

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 at one of Cuba’s delicious paladares, a small, privately-owned Cuban restaurant serving traditional Cuban food, followed by a stop at the Merger Art Studio to view some magnificent sculptures and beautiful paintings before continuing to the San Jose Arts and Crafts Market. Here, in an old 1885 warehouse near the pier, you can find wonderful gifts such as carvings, shirts, art, music, and more. After a wonderful dinner ashore, it's time to celebrate at the famous Tropicana nightclub show.

Day 7 Havana

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Disembark for a visit to the University of Havana, 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 lunch at another paladar 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 take a short drive back to Havana for an exciting performance from the Havana 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.
Return to the Voyager for special Farewell Dinner and overnight onboard.

Day 8 Havana | Disembark | Fly to Miami

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

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$5,590
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Lower Deck, two twin beds or one double bed. Port hole windows, private bath facilities.
Category B cabin aboard the Variety Voyager.
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Category B
Lower/Main Deck, two twin beds or one double bed. Port hole windows (Lower) or windows (Main), private bath facilities.
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Main Deck, two twin beds or one double bed. Double windows and private bath facilities.
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Upper "Horizons" Deck, double windows, special amenities and private marble bath facilities.
Variety Voyager's Owner's Suite.
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Owners Suite
Upper "Horizons" Deck, double windows, special amenities, sofa, private marble bath facilities.

Notes

- Please note that fares do not include port charges and possible fuel surcharges. Contact us for details.
- Please note that shore excursions are offered at additional costs.

Child Discount:
Children between the ages of 7-10 sharing a cabin with two paying adults receive a 50% discount. Children between the ages of 10-16 sharing a cabin with two paying adults receive a 35% discount.

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

Included in Your Fare: 
  • 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 your 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
Not Included in Your Fare: 
  • Visa cost - $75  - Received at the airport at time of check in
  • Departure tax (some airlines include it in their tickets fares)
  • Cost of flight – Varies with the season
  • Certain tips for  restaurant waiting staff and drivers
  • Beverages (except those mentioned above)
  • Crew tips and Tour Director tips
  • Passenger personal expenses

Included

  • 7 Breakfasts, 7 Lunches, 7 Dinners

Excluded

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