For many luxury travelers, they aim to find new places to explore and discover meaningful new cultural opportunities, and Cuba is one of the most sought-after emerging destinations. If you are ready to experience Cuba with several excellent itineraries with an ultra-luxury travel experience, this is for you!
Luxury cruise line Seabourn says it has received approval to begin sailing to Cuba from Miami and San Juan, Puerto Rico, starting with a 12-day cruise aboard Seabourn Sojourn departing Miami on Nov. 4, 2019.
Bookings for Seabourn’s cruises to Cuba opened Aug. 9. Guests can choose from four separate itineraries with five different departure dates. Seabourn says the addition of its five sailings will help meet the growing demand for luxury travel experiences to Cuba. The 458-guest Seabourn Sojourn adds Seabourn to the roster of cruise lines sailing to Cuba.
The 11-, 12-, and 14-day cruises will visit five ports in Cuba, calling at three or four on each itinerary and providing guests with the opportunity to discover different regions on the island. All five voyages will feature overnight stops in Havana, offering travelers an opportunity to see and experience this vibrant destination. The visit to Havana will give guests time to explore the designated UNESCO World Heritage Site during its 500th anniversary year. Specific port details of the Cuba itineraries include:
Nov. 4, 2019: A 12-day round-trip sailing from Miami includes stops in Havana, Cuba (overnight); Antilla (Nipe Bay), Cuba; Santiago de Cuba (overnight); Port Antonio, Jamaica; West End, Cayman Brac, Cayman Islands; and Cienfuegos, Cuba (overnight).
Nov. 16 & 28, 2019: These 12-day Miami round-trip sailings include stops in Cienfuegos, Cuba (overnight); West End, Cayman Brac, Cayman Islands; Port Antonio, Jamaica; Santiago de Cuba, Cuba (overnight); Antilla (Nipe Bay), Cuba, and Havana, Cuba (overnight).
Dec. 10, 2019: This 11-day Miami to San Juan, Puerto Rico cruise includes stops in Havana (La Habana), Cuba (overnight); Punta Frances, Isla de la Juventud, Cuba; Cienfuegos, Cuba; West End, Cayman Brac, Cayman Islands; Port Antonio, Jamaica; Santiago de Cuba (overnight); and Isla Catalina, Dominican Republic.
Dec. 21, 2019: This 14-day San Juan, Puerto Rico to Miami sailing includes stops at Gustavia, St. Barthelemy; St. John’s, Antigua, Antigua & Barbuda; Carambola Beach, St. Kitts & Nevis; Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic; Port Antonio, Jamaica; Santiago de Cuba, Cuba (overnight); Antilla (Nipe Bay), Cuba; and Havana, Cuba (overnight).
These Cuba itineraries are fresh and sure to satisfy the curiosity of anyone who has considered visiting.
Seabourn Sojourn will call at five ports in Cuba throughout the season, including:
Antilla (Nipe Bay): The entry to the deep-cut Nipe Bay passes by the Cayo Saetia National Park, a natural reservation with wide flora diversity and exotic fauna. The Holguin province offers authentic Cuban communities like San Isidoro de Holguin which has 18th-century churches and public squares. The Sierra del Cristal range has pine forests and Pico Cristal and Mensura national parks with the twin Guayabo waterfalls.
Cienfuegos: One of the later colonial cities of Cuba, Cienfuegos was founded by French nationals in 1819 and is designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its remarkable concentration of 19th century architecture. The Jagua Castle at the entrance to the bay actually predates the city, erected in 1745 to protect ships from pirates. An overnight stay allows guests to explore the city’s highlights, as well as visit the colonial town of Trinidad, another UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Havana: Guests visit Cuba’s capital during its 500th anniversary in 2019. An overnight stay in the city offers opportunities to experience its history and enjoy the music, dance and graphic arts scenes, as well connect with artists, dancers and community projects. A highlight is Old Havana and its Fortification System, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Guests can tour 16th-century plazas and Art Deco treasures and drive in well-preserved vintage American cars from the 1950s and 1960s.
Punta Francés, Isla de Juventud: This is the second largest island in Cuba, once a pirate hideout, is where Cuban vacationers snorkel and dive on coral reefs and shipwrecks in the National Marine Park. Now it supports farms dedicated to breeding sea turtles and crocodiles. The Punta del Este Caves are the “Sistine Chapel” of prehistoric Taino petroglyphs.
Santiago de Cuba: Founded in 1515, Cuba’s cultural capital is filled with monuments of its colonial and revolutionary history, including UNESCO World Heritage Site San Pedro de la Roca Castle. Guests stay in Santiago, a wellspring of Cuban music, for two days to see its cathedrals and the museums of the Moncada Barracks, the Velazquez House, the Lucha Clandestina museum and the neighboring community of El Cobre and its Basilica de la Virgen de la Caridad del Cobre.
While off the ship, guests can experience UNESCO Partner Tours exploring Cuba’s World Heritage cities, including Santa Clara and Trinidad, the Biosphere Reserve at Las Terrazas, plus excursions both by day and by night tracing the Cuban culinary, musical and artistic heritage and including meetings with arts and community projects in Havana, Santiago and Cienfuegos. In addition, a stop at Cienfuegos offers guests the opportunity for a special visit to the colonial town of Trinidad, a UNESCO World Heritage Site in Cuba’s province of Sancti Spíritus.
In addition, guests can enjoy several complimentary Seabourn special events and experiences, such as Caviar in the Surf beach barbecues in Isla Catalina and Carambola Beach, as well as Marina Day with complimentary watersports in Isla Catalina operating directly from the back of the ship. For more information and details about special U.S. requirements for travel to Cuba, call 800-929-9391 or click on Seabourn.
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