CUBA: Cienfuegos to Havana 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: Cienfuegos to Havana Aboard the M/Y VOYAGER
Day by Day Itinerary
DAY 1: Friday | Cienfuegos
Arrive in Havana International Airport, where you will be met and assisted by a member of our team. After lunch, we will board a bus and transfer to Cienfuegos, a UNESCO World Heritage site also known as the Pearl of the South. Upon arrival in Cienfuegos, we will transfer to the pier for embarkation on the Voyager, followed by a boat drill and Welcome Briefing. Enjoy some free time to explore the area before returning to the vessel for dinner and overnight onboard.
DAY 2: Saturday |Cienfuegos/ Casilda/Trinidad
After breakfast, disembark and visit the city center of Cienfuegos to admire outstanding examples of French neo-classical architecture from the 19th Century. Enjoy some free time before attending a local musical performance. Depart Cienfuegos by bus and head to 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 visit a scale model of the city. 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. Return to the Voyager for dinner onboard or join an optional excursion to have dinner in a local restaurant.
DAY 3: Sunday | Day at Sea/ Isla de la Juventud
In the early morning, we will spend the day at sea as we sail to Isla de la Juventud, arriving tomorrow in the Bay of Singuanea.
DAY 4: Monday | 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; 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 restaurant. There will be 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: Tuesday | 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 is 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. Enjoy free time for swimming and snorkeling before embarking the Voyager. Dinner and overnight onboard as we sail to Havana.
DAY 6: Wednesday | 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 our Farewell dinner onboard, followed by a visit 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 7: Thursday| 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. Next, we will visit the Almacenes San José Artisans' Market, where hundreds of local vendors display their crafts. Enjoy 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 with well-known architect Pedro Vasquez, followed by time at leisure. Return to the Voyager for dinner onboard and overnight.
DAY 8: Friday | Havana
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
M/Y Voyager - Category B
M/Y Voyager - Category C
M/Y Voyager - Category P
M/Y Voyager - Category OS
Ports of Call
Isla de la Juventud
Maria La Gorda
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