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Cienfuegos to Santo Domingo

Example 10 Day Cruise aboard Sea Cloud II
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Join Sea Cloud II on this 10-day Caribbean cruise. Depart from Cienfuegos, Cuba, the "Pearl of the South." This city is known for its grand, romantic architecture, beautifully preserved from the days of French colonization, and its beautiful views of the sparkling turquoise sea. In Santiago de Cuba, admire the architectural gem of El Morro fortress, which withstood numerous pirate attacks throughout history. Santiago de Cuba is also a hub of culture and music, allowing for immersion into the rich rhythms of the city. Stop in Port Antonio, Jamaica and visit sugar and banana plantations, then sail to La Romana, Dominican Republic, where the Cueva de las Maravillas National Park hosts preserved Taino art in caves deep underground. End your cruise in Santo Domingo, the oldest city in the New World.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Cienfuegos, Cuba
Day 2 : Cienfuegos, Cuba | Embark
Day 3 : At Sea
Days 4-5 : Santiago de Cuba
Day 6 : Port Antonio, Jamaica
Days 7-8 : At Sea
Day 9 : La Romana, Dominican Republic
Day 10 : Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic | Disembark

Highlights

  • Explore the "Pearl of the South," Cienfuegos
  • Soak in the music and culture of Santiago de Cuba
  • Admire preserved Taino art in Cueva de las Maravillas National Park
  • Wander the streets of Santo Domingo, the oldest city in the New World

Ship

Sea Cloud II

Places Visited

  • Caribbean
  • Cuba
  • Cienfuegos
  • Dominican Republic
  • Greater Antilles
  • Jamaica
  • La Romana
  • Port Antonio
  • Santiago de Cuba
  • Santo Domingo

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Relax on the shores of the Caribbean Cuban musician playing the trumpet in Havana, Cuba Parque Marti in Cienfuegos, Cuba Sugar cane plantation Steps up to an old fort by the sea Picturesque Cuba
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Day 1 Cienfuegos, Cuba

Cienfuegos, whose name literally translates as "Hundred fires," is also known as the Pearl of the South. The city owes its grand, romantic architecture to the French colonists who first settled there. The beautiful old town of Trinidad de Cuba is a true gem, with lovingly restored colonial facades, sleepy lanes and a turquoise sea. This friendly town, with its important past as the center of sugar cane cultivation, has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site for many years, along with the cultivated landscape of the Valle de Los Ingenios, or "Valley of the Sugarmills." Explore this city before boarding your ship to spend the night. 

Day 2 Cienfuegos, Cuba | Embark

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Spend another day exploring Cienfuegos before boarding your ship and setting sail on your cruise. 

Day 3 At Sea

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Today relax aboard your ship as you cruise to the next destination.

Day 4-5 Santiago de Cuba

  • Ship
  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
The El Morro fortress - once almost completely destroyed by the pirate Henry Morgan - towers high above the bay of Santiago de Cuba. This city is an architectural gem, and proud not only of its reputation as the birthplace of the revolution, but also of its musicality. If you go for a walk, sooner or later you will find yourself in an authentic Salsa bar. The whole city has music in its blood, and nowhere else do people make so much music or dance so much. The rhythms of the Salsa, Son and Rumba are just as thrilling in clubs, bars and schools as they are in the famous Buena Vista Social Club.

Day 6 Port Antonio, Jamaica

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Port Antonio was once the world's banana capital, but has since been discovered and rebranded as a relaxing destination, with vacation properties found near the clear deep waters of the Blue Lagoon. The pretty little town, surrounded by sugar cane fields and banana plantations, impresses with its delightful beaches. The Rio Grande is the island's largest river and channels its course over 60 kilometers in green solitude through the jungle and into the sea. Historically, bananas and other fruit were carefully transported on bamboo rafts along the waterway to the port. Today the rafts have been equipped with bench seats and are used for excursions.

Day 7-8 At Sea

  • Ship
  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
Today relax aboard your ship as you cruise to the next destination.

Day 9 La Romana, Dominican Republic

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
During the sugar boom of the late 19th century, La Romana developed into a lively working-class city and eastern sugar center. The third largest city in the Dominican Republic now has many faces. The streets are laid out in a grid formation with colorfully painted houses. Between these and the golf courses and luxury villas of the prominent Casa de Campo flows the Rio Dulce, which runs into the sea. Native Taino art plays a large role, both in the city's archaeological museum and in what is perhaps the country's most beautiful cave, Maravillas, which was a cult site for the native Taino people and lies 25 meters (82 ft)  below ground. The numerous cave paintings are more than 1,000 years old and have been exceptionally well preserved.

Day 10 Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
After breakfast, disembark the ship to explore Santo Domingo before continuing on your independent travels or heading home. On the island of Hispaniola, Columbus founded the first Spanish colony in America. Santo Domingo, the present capital of the Dominican Republic, is the oldest European-founded city in the New World. "Old" in the New World still means relatively young - it corresponds to Renaissance visions of the ideal, and was the model for many cities in Latin America. A visit to the historic old city is like a journey through time: the splendid stone buildings are remnants of the era of colonial conquests, and have been protected as UNESCO-designated World Heritage Sites. 
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Notes

Rates are based on double occupancy. A limited number of cabins can be booked for individual use for an additional charge.

Please note: Shore excursions are NOT included in this cruise-only rate. Contact us for details.

Rates Include:
  • Beautifully appointed cabin in selected category
  • Welcoming bottle of champagne in your cabin
  • All meals from early-bird breakfast to the exquisite 4-course dinner menu with choice of main course
  • 5-course gala dinner during the cruise
  • Welcome and farewell cocktail with champagne
  • Selected wines and beers thoughtfully chosen to complement lunch and dinner
  • All soft drinks and juices throughout the cruise
  • All alcohol-free coffee and tea specialties
  • Bottled water on the excursions
  • Fresh fruit basket in your cabin, replenished daily
  • E-mails can be sent free of charge from the on-board laptop
  • English-speaking tour guide
  • Travel documents with detailed destination information
  • All port fees
  • Gratuities
  • Use of snorkeling and waterskiing equipment is free of charge (weather permitting)
  • Free laundry services for cabin categories A & B
Rates Exclude:
  • Flights, domestic or international
  • Excess luggage (allowance is up to 40 kg per passenger)
  • Additional meals and beverages (so far as not expressly included)
  • Other personal expenses
  • Transfers
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