CUBA: Havana to Cienfuegos Aboard the M/Y VOYAGER
Step back in time to a place rooted in culture and history.
Where the people are as warm and welcoming as the climate.
All but closed to Americans for nearly half a century, Cuba now awaits you.
CUBA: Havana to Cienfuegos Aboard the M/Y VOYAGER
Day by Day Itinerary
DAY 1: Friday | Havana
Arrive at the Sierra Maestra Port in Old Havana for embarkation on the Voyager. After a boat drill and welcome briefing, enjoy dinner onboard followed by a brief sightseeing tour on foot of Havana Vieja. Stop at the Ambos Mundos Hotel, where Ernest Hemingway stayed frequently, and sip a daiquiri at the rooftop bar. Join our optional excursion to experience the wonderful salsa music of a Buena Vista Social Club style performance. Overnight in port.
DAY 2: Saturday | Havana
After breakfast, disembark to continue our 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. Interact with the locals to further understand Cuban life. Enjoy a panoramic sightseeing tour by bus as we head to a local cigar factory to see the creation of those famous Cuban cigars. We will return to the ship for lunch onboard, followed by an optional excursion to ride 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 our return from Finca Vigia, enjoy another evening at leisure. Consider using this time to join our optional excursion to the famous Tropicana Club. Overnight in port.
DAY 3: Sunday | At Sea
Spend this day at sea as we sail towards Maria la Gorda.
DAY 4: Monday | Maria La Gorda
After breakfast, we disembark in Maria la Gorda, where we will have free time for swimming, snorkeling and a BBQ lunch on the beach. Return to the Voyager for embarkation. Dinner and overnight onboard as we sail to the Island of Youth-Isla de la Juventud.
DAY 5: Tuesday | Isla Juventud
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 paladar before visiting an art school and the maternity ward of a local hospital, if available. There will be some free time for independent exploration and enjoyment around Nueva Gerona's grand boulevard before returning to embark the ship. Overnight at sea to Casilda.
DAY 6: Wednesday | Casilda/ Trinidad
Today we 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." We will walk through the town and have lunch at a local restaurant. Stop at the Romantic Museum located in the old palace of the Count Brunet. Visit the studio of one of the local artisans. Enjoy some free time before returning to the ship in the late afternoon for embarkation, approximately 4pm. Evening at sea to Cienfuegos.
DAY 7: Thursday| Cienfuegos
Enjoy breakfast onboard before disembarking for our visit to Cienfuegos, founded by French settlers and thus with a unique architecture. Cienfuegos is also known as the Pearl of the South and was declared a UNESCO World Heritage site. Walk around the city center and admire outstanding examples of French neoclassical architecture from the 19th Century. Visit the graphic arts workshop or similar. We will stop at a local market to see what the Cuban peso (CUP) and the convertible peso (CUC) can buy. Overnight in port.
DAY 8: Friday | Cienfuegos
Disembark and transfer to the airport for short return flight.
Note: This itinerary may be subject to change as a result of weather and other factors not in our control. Our 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.
M/Y Voyager - Category A
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M/Y Voyager - Category C
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Maria La Gorda
Isla de la Juventud
Casilda / Trinidad
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