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Impressions of Cuba Cruise

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Offering travellers a unique opportunity to experience the best of Cuba and see all of the highlights of the island's eastern region, the Sights and Sounds of Cuba Cruise takes passengers on a unique journey along Cuba's eastern coast, stopping at some of the island's most historically and culturally rich cities, including Pinar del Rio, Trinidad, Playa Giron (Bay of Pigs) and Cienfuegos. From the comfort of a modern yacht you'll get to discover a new port each day, enjoy optional tours and excursions, visit UNESCO World Heritage Sites, Biosphere Reserves and pristine beaches at Cayo Largo or Isle of Youth (Isla de la Juventud).

  • Uncover some of Cuba's colonial past Visits to many UNESCO World Heritage sights allow you to experience historical sights such as an 18th century coffee plantation, the Spanish colonial settlement of Trinidad and Cienfuegos, the only Cuban city founded by French settlers.
  • The Mega Yacht Variety Voyager offers great facilities on board The sun deck and outdoor bars and restaurant are great places to relax, whilst the Spa & Fitness Suite is ideal for relaxing or keeping in shape.
  • A great way to see the variation Cuba has to offer Take in Havana, Maria La Gorda, Cayo Largo, Vinales Valley, Trinidad and the port of Casilda, Cienfuegos and more.

Travel from Havana to Cienfuegos, this voyage will allow you to uncover the many hidden treasures of Cuba's historic cities and panoramic landscapes. The Mega Yacht Variety Voyager is a modern high-tech yacht cruiser, which features lounges, a dining room, an open sun deck and a Spa & Fitness Suite. The 36 cabins offer comfortable living, which a range of cabins available situated on different decks.

Day 1 - Havana
Embarkation in Havana at around 3pm
Welcome dinner and overnight at the harbour.

Day 2 - Havana
Choose from the 2 half day optional excursions in colourful and vibrant Old Havana, founded by the Spaniards in 1519 in the natural harbour of the Bay of Havana and now a UNESCO World Heritage site. Enjoy a guided exploration on foot through Old Havana streets and squares. Stop to see the scale model of the Old City, to the "Gaspar Melchor de Jovellanos" Workshop/School for artisans and craftspeople specializing in monument restoration.

Alternatively you can take the optional full day excursion with lunch in the Pinar del Rio province. Visit one of Cuba's most scenic regions, the Valley of Vinales. You will be amazed by a unique landscape and by the "magotes", dramatic rock formations. The 18th century city of Vinales is a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Cuban Night onboard, with overnight in Havana.

Day 3 - Havana to Maria La Gorda
Take one of the optional walking Havana Tours in the Old City or choose the optional excursion to the Artemisa Region outside Havana. During this, you will drive by bus to the UNESCO designated Biosphere Reserve Las Terrazas, in the mountainous Sierra del Rosario area. This is perfect chance to discover this beautifully scenic region including an old/colonial 18th century coffee plantation and also observe life in rural Cuba with visits to the local family doctor, nurse, clinic, an elementary school, community museum, local artists homes and studios. Lunch is on board the ship, which leaves Havana early afternoon to set sail towards Cabo San Antonio.

Overnight at sea.

Day 4 - Maria La Gorda
Morning arrival in Cabo San Antonio, on the westernmost tip of Cuba. Today, the optional excursion will take you to one of the country's largest nature reserves, the "Guanahacabibes" National Park. Meet with the naturalists and locals. The peninsula was one of the last refuges of aboriginals fleeing from the Spanish conquistadors and also holds some 140 archaeological sites linked to the life of aborigines, who were known as Guanahatabeyes. You will have the chance to meet with environmentalists at the CITMA Environmental Research Station as well. Enjoy lunch before continuing your exploration of the park with local community members and scientists to see the results of the Endangered Species Protection Projects and Environmental Education Programs. Alternatively you can spend the day at nearby beach snorkelling and enjoying the sun and the sea.

Overnight at sea to Cayo Largo

Day 5 - Cayo Largo to Casilda
Arrive in Cayo Largo at around noon. Cayo Largo was formed by limestone, formed over millions of years from the remains of marine organisms, much like the ones that form coral reefs. The optional afternoon excursion will take us to the Sea Turtle Breeding Centre and Endangered Species Protection program. We will then join coral reef experts for an amazing 2.5 hour guided snorkelling experience. Protected from strong sea currents, the seabed is unspoiled and contains a variety of marine life, with an abundance of underwater caves, valleys and steep, gorgonian-encrusted walls. Late in the evening we sail away from Cayo Largo.

Overnight at sea to Casilda

Day 6 - Casilda to Trinidad to Cienfuegos
Early morning arrival into the port of Casilda. The full day optional excursion brings us to Trinidad, a Spanish colonial settlement once built on huge sugar fortunes, and a UNESCO World Heritage site. 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." There will be stops for visits to local artists and home studios, the Museum Romantico or the Architecture Museum. After lunch, drive to the nearby Sugarmills Valley (Valley de los Ingenios), also a UNESCO World Heritage site. By late afternoon, we set sail for Cienfuegos, arriving after midnight.

Overnight in Cienfuegos.

Day 7 - Ciengfuegos
There is an early morning optional excursion to Playa Giron, also known as the Bay of Pigs and to the Matanzas area. Visit the Bay of Pigs and the War Museum and later the Matanzas area where you will take a boat ride on the Treasure Lake and visit a replica of a Taino Indian Village and a crocodile breeding-farm.

Return to the ship for a late lunch. In the afternoon you can take the Cienfuegos optional city tour and visit the only Cuban city founded by French settlers. It is also known as the Pearl of the South and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Among buildings of particular interest are the Government Palace (City Hall), San Lorenzo School, the Bishopric, the Ferrer Palace, the former lyceum, and some residential houses. Cienfuegos is an outstanding example of an architectural ensemble representing the new ideas of modernity, hygiene and order in urban planning as developed in Latin America from the 19th century. Return to the ship for the Captain's Farewell dinner

Overnight in Cienfuegos.

Day 8 - Cienfuegos to Havana
Disembark in the morning and take a 3-4 hour bus transfer to Havana.

Throughout your sailing journey you will enjoy swimming stops at some beaches but please bear in mind that swim stops and barbeques are subject to favourable weather conditions.

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Impressions of Cuba Cruise

impressions of cuba cruise
  • Day 1Havana
  • Day 2Havana
  • Day 3Havana to Maria La Gorda
  • Day 4Maria La Gorda
  • Day 5Cayo Largo
  • Day 6Casilda to Trinidad to Cienfuegos
  • Day 7Cienfuegos
  • Day 8Cienfuegos to Havana

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