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Cuban Panorama: Havana to Cienfuegos

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Explore the western part of the island nation famous for its culture, music, warm people, and art on this 8-day people to people cruise. Go back in time to a place rooted in culture and history, where the people are as warm and welcoming as the climate, and visit Havana, Maria La Gorda, Isla Juventud, Trinidad, and Cienfuegos. Sail around the western part of the island, which has been closed to Americans for half a century.  

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Havana, Cuba | Embark
Day 2 : Havana
Day 3 : Havana | Vinales Valley
Day 4 : Maria La Gorda
Day 5 : Isla Juventud
Day 6 : At Sea | Casilda
Day 7 : Trinidad | Cienfuegos
Day 8 : Cienfuegos | Disembark

Highlights

  • Explore old Havana and its historic architecture
  • Visit Trinidad, a meticulously well-preserved Spanish colonial city
  • Snorkel and enjoy the sun and sea in Maria La Gorda / Bahia de Corrientes
  • Journey through Cienfuegos and admire its neoclassical structures

Ship

Panorama

Places Visited

  • Caribbean
  • Cuba
  • Cienfuegos
  • Greater Antilles
  • Havana
  • Isla de la Juventud
  • Maria la Gorda
  • Trinidad

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Cuba el Morro the fortress in Havana Cuban man with his horse and buggy Havana Taxi Trinidad, Cuba Cienfuegos, Cuba

Day 1 Havana, Cuba | Embark

  • Ship
  • 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Embarkation takes place at the Sierra Maestra Port at approximately 3pm. Alternatively, for passengers already in Havana, there is an optional excursion that includes 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, 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 with dancers, musicians and performers of Havana’s Compas Dance Group before continuing to the pier for embarkation on your ship, followed by a boat drill and welcome briefing. Overnight in Sierra Maestra – Havana.

Day 2 Havana

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
After breakfast, disembark for a walking exploration through Havana Vieja, or Old Havana, and Centro Havana. Witness a mixture of beautiful old baroque and neo-classical monuments, arcades and private balconies. For an enhanced sightseeing experience, flag down a uniquely decorated local “bicitaxi,” or bicycle taxi. Stop at a local restaurant for lunch, followed by a scenic drive in vintage American cars 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. Upon your return from Finca Vigia, enjoy some free time before you make your way to Café El Mercurio for dinner, and then to the Café Taberna to experience the wonderful salsa music of the Buena Vista Social Club-style performance. Overnight in Sierra Maestra Port- Old Havana.

Day 3 Havana | Vinales Valley

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 plantation where you can learn about the production of those world famous Cuban cigars. After lunch at an organic restaurant, 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 Gorda or similar for dinner and overnight at the hotel.

Day 4 Maria La Gorda

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
After breakfast, you'll have the opportunity to partake in an optional bus tour to the village of San Juan del Valle. Here you will visit the local school to discuss the differences and levels of the Cuban and American educational systems, particularly 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. There will be time for swimming, snorkeling and a BBQ lunch in Maria La Gorda before re-embarking the ship and immediately sailing to Isla de la Juventud. Dinner and overnight on board the ship. Overnight at sea to Isla de la Juventud.

Day 5 Isla Juventud

  • 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 an optional tour to the capital city of the island – Nueva Gerona. Visit the “Universidad de la Isla de la Juventud Jesus Montane Oropesa,” enjoy panoramic sightseeing and tour the Presidio Modelo, an abandoned prison where Fidel and Raul Castro were imprisoned from 1953-1955. Stop for lunch in Nueva Gerona before returning to the ship. Dinner on board. Overnight sailing to Casilda.

Day 6 At Sea | Casilda

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Today enjoy time at sea. In the late afternoon, arrive in Casilda. After cocktails on board, drive to Trinidad for an optional walking excursion and evening at leisure in this charming colonial city and dinner at a local restaurant. Overnight in Casilda.

Day 7 Trinidad | Cienfuegos

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
This morning there will be an optional excursion to Trinidad for a more extensive visit of this meticulously preserved Spanish colonial city, with its rich architecture, cobblestone streets, palaces and plazas. Trinidad is sometimes referred to as the ‘Museum City of Cuba.” We will visit the Romantic Museum located in the old palace of the Count Brunet, with samples of furniture and decorative arts, and the woodcarving studio of Lasaro. In the afternoon, drive to Cienfuegos, known as the Pearl of the South and a UNESCO World Heritage site in 2005. Cienfuegos is the only city Cuba to be founded by French settlers and you will see some outstanding examples of its 19th Century French Neo classical architecture. Visit a graphic arts workshop and the Benny More School of Art. A special treat will be a concert by the singers of the Chorus of Cienfuegos, or a string quartet. After a long and exhilarating day, re-join the ship in the port of Cienfuegos for the Captain’s Farewell Dinner. Overnight Cienfuegos

Day 8 Cienfuegos | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
After breakfast on board, disembark and transfer by bus (included in cruise fares) back to Havana. 

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Maria la Gorda

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$3,394
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Lower deck, 1 double bed or 2 twin beds. Portholes, A/C, TV, telephone, mini-fridge, safe deposit box, marble en suite bathroom.
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Lower deck, 2 lower beds or 1 double bed. Portholes, A/C, TV, telephone, mini-fridge, safe deposit box, marble or corian en suite bathroom.
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Upper deck or Main deck, 2 lower beds or 1 double bed. Large windows, A/C, TV, telephone, mini-fridge, safe deposit box, marble or corian en suite bathroom.

Notes

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

Single supplement - Single occupancy of a Cat. C or Cat. B Cabin is available at 1.6 times the twin occupancy rate. Single occupancy of a Cat. A Cabins is available at 1.75 times the twin occupancy rate.

Child Discount (in Cat. A only): 
Children between the ages of 7-10 sharing a cabin with two paying adults receive a 50% discount. Children between the ages of 11-16 sharing a cabin with two paying adults receive a 35% discount. Port taxes are not discounted.

3rd Person Reduction (in Cat. A only): 30%

Note: This itinerary may be subject to change as a result of weather and other factors not in our control. The 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.

Cruise fares are per person and include:
  • Accommodation in double or twin cabins with private SH/WC & air conditioning
  • Group bus transfer on Day 8 from Cienfuegos to Havana.
  • Full-board: American buffet breakfast and two meals daily, including a Welcome Cocktail, and Captain’s Dinner
  • Regular (filter) coffee, tea and still purified water free all day
  • Services of our Cruise Coordinator on and off the ship
Cruise fares do not include:
  • Optional Shore Excursions
  • Visa Cost
  • 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
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