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The Rousing Rhythms of Cuba

Havana to Santo Domingo - Example 11 Day Cruise aboard Sea Cloud II
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Warm hospitality, eventful history and lively musical tradition make Cuba and Jamaica two dream destinations in the Caribbean. As different as the two islands are –here, culture, beach and nature go perfectly hand in hand and fit under one hat. Board Sea Cloud II for this 11-day cruise from Havana to Santo Domingo. Visit highlights of Cuba, including Cienfuegos, with its colonial architecture; Maria La Gorda, with its clear waters and colorful coral reefs; and, of course, historic Havana, with the famous Malecon promenade. Visit Port Antonio, Jamaica, once the banana capital of the world. Finally, arrive in Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic, the oldest continuously inhabited city in the New World. 
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Highlights
  • Stroll down Havana's famous Malecon Promenade
  • Snorkel the clear waters and colorful coral reefs of Maria La Gorda
  • Visit banana and sugar plantations near Port Antonio, Jamaica
  • Marvel at historic Santo Domingo, the oldest city in the New World
  • Appreciate Salsa and Son, the lifeblood of Cuban music culture
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Day 1: Havana | Cienfuegos | Embark

Breakfast. In the morning everything revolves around tobacco: You will visit a humidor workshop and the Hemingway Museum. Afterward, transfer tour to Cienfuegos with lunchtime snack. Embarkation on the Sea Cloud II.

Day 2: Cienfuegos

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Lots of colonial flairs, the UNESCO World Heritage city of Trinidad, and the Valley of the Sugar Mills or Guided walk through Cienfuegos.* In the evening Cuban legends to the beat of Salsa and Son.

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."

Day 3-4: At Sea

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Today, relax aboard your ship as you cruise to your next destination. Just enjoy sunshine and sea with fitness, cosmetics, a massage or with a good book in a teak chair.

Day 5-6: 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 7: 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 8-9: At Sea

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Today, relax aboard your ship as you cruise to your next destination. Just enjoy sunshine and sea with fitness, cosmetics, a massage or a good book in a teak chair.

Day 10: La Romana

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
La Romana is on the southern coast of the Dominican Republic. It is 80 miles east of Santo Domingo and 48 miles west of Punta Cana. Its location within a 50-minute drive of Punta Cana offers some opportunities for shore excursions to attractions in that famous resort destination including dolphin encounters. The flowstone cave Cueva de las Maravillas (Cave of wonders)  a national park located approximately 7 miles west of La Romana. It was previously known as the Cueva Jaguar until 1949, and it is well known for its ancient paintings by the Taíno Indians.

Day 11: Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
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. After breakfast, disembark the ship to explore the city before heading home or continuing on your independent journeys. 

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Lounge area on the Sea Cloud II

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Two portholes, chair, table, TV with DVD player, mini-bar, dressing table, closet, safe, individually adjustable A/C.
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Two portholes, sofa, table, TV with DVD player, mini-bar, dressing table, closet, safe, individually adjustable A/C.
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Two portholes, two chairs, table, TV with DVD player, mini-bar, dressing table, closet, safe, individually adjustable A/C.
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Panorama windows, two chairs, table, TV with DVD player, mini-bar, dressing table, closet, safe, individually adjustable A/C.
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Panorama window, sofa, table, chair, decorative fireplace, console with TV/DVD and mini-bar, dressing table, walk-in closet, safe, individually adjustable A/C.
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Panorama window, sofa, table, chair, desk, decorative fireplace, TV and DVD player, mini-bar, dressing table, four closets, safe, individually adjustable A/C.

Notes

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 (six per day) 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
Included
  • 10 Breakfasts, 9 Lunches, 10 Dinners
  • 10 Nights Accommodations
  • Accommodations as listed
  • Ground transportation as listed
  • Excursions and activities as listed
  • Meals as listed
  • Port Fees
  • Complimentary fresh fruit available daily
  • Welcome bottle of champagne in cabins, welcome and farewell cocktail with champagne, selected wines and beers with lunch and dinner, bottled water on excursions and all soft drinks, juices, coffee and tea throughout the cruise. 
  • Use of water sports facilities such as snorkeling equipment (weather permitting).
Excluded
  • Gratuities
  • Travel Insurance
  • Personal Expenses
  • Flight costs (please request a quote)
  • Additional excursions during free time
  • Fuel and transportation surcharges (when applicable)
  • Shore excursions. Contact us for pricing.
  • Excess luggage. Allowance is up to 40 kg per passenger.

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