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Cuban Panorama: Cienfuegos to Havana

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Go back in time to a place rooted in culture and history, where the people are as warm and welcoming as the climate. Discover Cuba's land and people on this breathtaking 8-day cruise, including vibrant Havana and its amazing Old Town, Cienfuegos with its neoclassical French architecture, Trinidad's baroque mansions, and Isla de Juventud. Admire the breathtaking 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. 

Day-by-Day Summary

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

Highlights

  • Visit a tobacco plantation and learn more about the famous Cuban cigars
  • Enjoy Guanahacabibes National Park and its 140 archaeological sites
  • Discover Trinidad, a meticulously well-preserved Spanish colonial city
  • Explore Old Havana and its historic architecture

Ship

Panorama

Places Visited

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

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Skyline of Old Havana Cuba Colorful houses in Trinidad, Cuba Church in Trinidad, Cuba Taxi in Cuba The Capitol in Havana

Day 1 Havana to Cienfuegos, Cuba | Embark

Meet at 10 am at the Melia Cohiba in Havana for your 4 and a ½ hour overland bus transfer to Cienfuegos with your fellow passengers where you will embark on your ship. After checking in you will have the opportunity to take an optional 3-hour Cienfuegos city tour, the only city in Cuba founded by French settlers. It is also known as the Pearl of the South. In 2005 it was declared a UNESCO World Heritage site. The walking tour will take you to a graphic arts workshop and to Parque Marti in the center 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. Enjoy dinner on board and overnight at sea to Casilda for Trinidad.

Day 2 Casilda | Trinidad

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Today 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." Walk through the town, visit a scale model of the city, and have lunch at a local paladar. Stop at the Romantic Museum located in the old palace of the Count Brunet, or Palacio Cantero, the Trinidad General Municipal Museum. Visit the studio of Lazaro Niebla, a very unique woodcarver. Return to the ship for dinner onboard and overnight at sea.

Day 3 At Sea

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Today you spend the majority of the day at sea, with a late afternoon arrival in the Bay of Singuanea, where you will spend the night.

Day 4 Isla Juventud

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
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 in Marina Colony for a panoramic sightseeing drive of the capital city of Nueva Gerona. Visit the Presidio Modelo, an abandoned panopticon prison where both Fidel and Raul Castro were imprisoned from 1953-1955. Enjoy lunch in a local restaurant before visiting an art school and the maternity ward of a local hospital, if available. There enjoy some free time for independent exploration and enjoyment around Nueva Gerona’s grand boulevard before returning to embark the ship for an overnight sailing to Maria La Gorda.

Day 5 Maria La Gorda

After breakfast, disembark in Maria La Gorda, and visit a local school to meet the Cuban children and their teachers, and discuss the differences and levels of the Cuban and American educational systems, particularly in the rural areas of the country. Visit the headquarters of Guanahacabibes National Park, one of the country's largest nature reserves on the westernmost tip of the island. The peninsula is one of the last refuges of aboriginals fleeing from the Spanish conquistadors and also holds some 140 archaeological sites linked to life of aboriginals known as Guanahatabeyes. Time-permitting, venture into the park to meet with the naturalists and locals, followed by free time for swimming, snorkeling, and a BBQ lunch on the beach. Check into the Hotel Maria La Gorda or similar for overnight.

Day 6 Vinales Valley | Havana

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
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 learn about the production of those world famous Cuban cigars. After lunch at an organic restaurant, depart for a 3-hour transfer to the Hotel Nacional de Cuba for an engrossing lecture with well-known architect Pedro Vasquez. Return to the ship for dinner, followed by a trip to the Café Taberna to experience the wonderful salsa music of the Buena Vista Social Club-style performance. Overnight in port.

Day 7 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 neoclassical 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. Return to the ship for farewell dinner and overnight in Sierra Maestra Port- Old Havana.

Day 8 Disembarkation in Havana

  • 1 Breakfast
Disembark after breakfast and transfer to the airport for your flight home.

Panorama

Maria la Gorda

Per person starting at
$3,394
Panorama Category C Double
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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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Category B
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.

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
  • 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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