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 as the climate. Once a prohibited destination, Cuba has long held the potent allure of forbidden fruit. Our journey offers the desirous traveler a chance to experience a locale virtually unchanged for decades. Stroll cobblestone streets past resplendent buildings and through impressive squares. Recline on alabaster beaches and swim in turquoise waters. Enjoy a ride in classic car and sample a world-famous cigar. Experience the enchantment of this unspoiled Caribbean gem.
CUBA: Havana to Cienfuegos Aboard the M/Y VOYAGER
Day by Day Itinerary
DAY 1: Friday | Havana
Arrive in Havana where you will be met and assisted by a member of our team. Our People to People program begins immediately with a panoramic sightseeing tour of this exciting city, including a stop at the Plaza de la Revolucion. Enjoy a welcome lunch at La Barraca Restaurant, located in Hotel Nacional de Cuba, which specializes in Cuban cuisine and offers breathtaking views of the Bay of Havana. Remain at the hotel for an engrossing lecture. Following the lecture, we continue to the pier for embarkation on the Voyager, followed by a boat drill and welcome briefing. Dinner onboard, followed by an optional evening at the famous Tropicana Club. Overnight in Sierra Maestra Port, Old Havana.
DAY 2: Saturday | Havana
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. We will 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 our return from Finca Vigia, enjoy some free time before we make our way back to the Voyager for dinner and then to 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: Sunday | Havana
Disembark in the early morning for an excursion to Fusterlandia, the studio of artist Jose Rodriguez Fuster. The brightly colored mermaids, roofs, walls, benches, and doorways were greatly inspired by Gaudi in Barcelona and Brancusi in Rome, but most of all by Picasso and Dubuffet. Enjoy 2 hours of leisure to experience the wonders of Havana on our own before returning to the ship for embarkation. Lunch, dinner, and overnight onboard as we sail to Maria La Gorda.
DAY 4: Monday | Maria La Gorda
After breakfast, we disembark in Maria La Gorda. Visit the headquarters of Guanahacabibes National Park, one of the country's largest nature reserves, on the westernmost tip of the island. The peninsula was one of the last refuges of aboriginals, known as Guanahatabeyes, fleeing from the Spanish conquistadors and it holds some 140 archeological sites linked to aboriginal life. Time-permitting, we will venture into the park, followed by free time for swimming, snorkeling and a BBQ lunch in Maria La Gorda before embarking the Voyager. Dinner and overnight onboard as we sail to Isla de la Juventud - the Isle of Youth.
DAY 5: Tuesday | Isla de la 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; hence 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. Visit an art school and the maternity ward of a local hospital, if available, followed by lunch in a local paladar. 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, visit a scale model of the city, and have lunch at a local restaurant. 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 unique woodcarver. Enjoy an optional excursion to have dinner at a local restaurant, followed by free time. Overnight onboard in Casilda.
DAY 7: Thursday| Cienfuegos
Depart early this morning and enjoy breakfast and lunch onboard as we sail to Cienfuegos. A UNESCO World Heritage site, also known as the Pearl of the South, Cienfuegos was founded by French settlers and features a unique architectural style. Walk around the city center and admire outstanding examples of French neo-classical architecture from the 19th Century. A special treat will be a concert performed by the singers of the Chorus of Cienfuegos, or string quartet. Overnight in port and Farewell dinner onboard.
DAY 8: Friday | Cienfuegos
Disembark and transfer to the airport for short return flight.
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
M/Y Voyager - Category B
M/Y Voyager - Category C
M/Y Voyager - Category P
M/Y Voyager - Category OS
Ports of Call
Maria La Gorda
Isla de la Juventud
Casilda / Trinidad
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