Sights and Sounds of Cuba

“This is the most beautiful land one has ever seen.” Christopher Columbus

7 Nights, 8 days, departing Saturdays.

Special

25 % reduction in DBL occupancy
or No single supplement for single travellers

  • January 12, 19
  • February 09
  • March 03, 17, 24

Why go: it’s not so much a question of ‘why go’ as ‘why go now?’ Hidden from tourists for many years Cuba’s recent rapprochement with the USA means the floodgates have opened for mass package travel – which most experts think may spoil the island’s amazing natural beauty, unique social history and (currently) primitive charm and culture within a few short seasons. You could of course fly there and see it on a road trip – but given Cuba’s road network and internal transport system a cruise around the coast is far and away the best option to see as much as possible in a short 7-day visit that reaches the part most tourists never get to see.

In brief: this cruise offers a wonderful combination of the delights of old Havana and a coastal cruise that provides unique insights into Cuban history and culture beyond the reach of most visitors. The scenery is amazing, the ports of call redolent of bygone years, the waters and underwater life are amazing.

Your vessel: the M/Y Harmony V

Your vessel: the M/Y Callisto

Callisto

Ports of call: Cienfuegos – Trinidad - Cayo Largo - Isla Juventud - Havana

The Yacht Cruise Experience

The Weather

The minimum average weather all year round is 22 degrees Celsius, and the maximum usually reaches about 32 degrees Celsius.

Day-by-Day Itinerary

Cuba seeks to boost nautical tourism

Cienfuegos – Trinidad

Meet early morning for a 4 and a half hours transfer through Cuba’s central regions to Cienfuegos where we join the Variety Voyager for afternoon embarkation. After cocktails and a welcome dinner we set sail overnight to Trinidad.

Seychelles Scuba Diving

Trinidad – Isla de la Juventud

Optional Trinidad excursion. Trinidad is a well preserved Spanish colonial city, with it’s rich architecture, cobblestone streets and plazas. This morning we will walk through the town and visit the Romantic Museum, located in the old palace of the Count Brunet, with samples of furniture and decorative art, or the Palacio Cantero Museum. We also visit the studio of Lazaro.Lunch in a typical Cuban restaurant followed by leisure time. Dinner on board. Overnight at sea to Isla de la Juventud

Cuba & Nights Cruise

Day at Sea – Isla de la Juventud

Today will mostly be spent at sea, and by late afternoon we will arrive in the Bay of Singuanea, where we will spend the night.

Isla de la Juventud

This island was previously know as the “Isle of Pines”, until 1978, when Fidel Castro turned the island into a grand communist school for students from around the world, hence the name became Isla de la Juventud – The island of youth. Your optional excursion starts on the beach, where you will board a bus for a short drive to enjoy panoramic sightseeing, and then you will visit the abandoned Panopticon Prison, where Fidel and Raul Castro were held between 1953 – 1955.  After lunch at a typical local restaurant, we will pay a visit to a local art school and also to the maternity ward at a local hospital. Free time to explore the grand boulevard around Nueva Gerona, before returning to the ship for an overnight sailing to Maria La Gorda.

Cuba isla de la juventud

Maria La Gorda

In the morning we will disembark in Maria la Gorda. Our optional excursion will take you to a local school where you can meet the Cuban children and their teachers, and have a close look at the Cuban education system. Later we will visit the headquarters of one of the county’s biggest nature reserves, the Guanahacabibes National Park, which is on the westernmost tip of the island, and holds around 140 archaeological sites linked to the life of the aboriginals known as Guanahatabeyes. Free time before returning to the ship. Dinner on board and overnight sailing to Havana.

Cuba

Havana

After breakfast, we disembark for an Optional excursion in Havana, starting with a walking exploration of Old Havana. Founded in 1519 by the Spanish, Havana became one of the most important ship building centres in the Caribbean, around which a sprawling metropolis grew. Old Havana is a mixture of neo-classical and beautiful old baroque, private balconies and arcades, and it is considered to be one of the most impressive historical city centres in the Caribbean. Lunch will be at a local restaurant, after which we will take a scenic drive in vintage American cars to visit Finca Vigia, the beloved home of Ernest Hemmingway. Free time before we have dinner at the Cafe El Mercurio, and then on to the Cafe Taberna to enjoy the sounds of typical Cuban salsa music. Overnight in Sierra Maestra Port – Old Havana.

Sights and Sounds of Cuba

Havana

After breakfast, disembark for your optional excursion to Fusterlandia, the studio of artist Jose Rodriguez Fuster, with its brightly coloured roofs, walls, benches, doorways and mermaids, which were greatly inspired by Gaudi and Brancusi but perhaps most of all by Picasso and Dubuffet. Visit a cigar factory or participate in rum tasting. We will enjoy lunch at La Barraca Restaurant, which specializes in Cuban cuisine and boasts spectacular views of the Bay of Havana. After lunch there will be an interesting lecture with architect Pedro Vasquez. Free time before returning to the ship for the Captain’s Farewell Dinner. Overnight on board in Sierra Maestra Port – Old Havana.

Vintage Car in Cuba

Havana

Disembarkation after breakfast.

Weekly departures alternate between Havana & Cienfuegos

Important note: All CUBAN excursions must be PRE-BOOKED and PRE-PAID 30-days prior to embarkation.

M/S Callisto

The elegant Motor Yacht Callisto recently joined the VARIETY CRUISES fleet and is true to her name: Elegant, classic. She was fully refit / rebuilt in 2000 and was thoroughly renovated in in 2015-16.

This classy Motor Yacht has performed several Atlantic Ocean crossings, and has also sailed along the most interesting coastal sites of Europe, North and West Africa.

M/SCallisto
Launched Rebuilt2000 / 2005
Renovated2015 - 2016
Length50.00 meters
Breadth8.00 meters
Draft3.80 meters
Crew16 - 18 persons
Cruising speed10.00 knots
Cabins17

Cabins

Callisto Cabin Category B and C

Category C:

Lower Deck – (Twin Beds)

The category C cabins are located on the lower deck featuring port holes.They all have marble-appointed en suite bathrooms with showers. Cabins have individually controlled A/C and fitted with TV, telephone (for internal use), hairdryers, mini-fridge, central music, public address system and safe boxes.

Callisto Cabin Category B and C

Category B:

Lower Deck – (Twin Beds)
The category B cabins are located on the lower deck featuring port holes.They all have marble-appointed en suite bathrooms with showers. Cabins have individually controlled A/C and fitted with TV, telephone (for internal use), hairdryers, mini-fridge, central music, public address system and safe boxes.

Callisto Cabin Category A

Category A:

Main Deck – (Twin or Double Beds)

The category A cabins are located on the Main deck featuring large windows. Category A cabins at the bow section of the Main deck are equipped with Double beds, while all other Category A cabins are equipped with Twin beds. They all have marble-appointed en suite bathrooms with showers. Cabins have individually controlled A/C and fitted with TV, telephone (for internal use), hairdryers, mini-fridge, central music, public address system and safe boxes

Callisto Cabins Category P

Category P:

Main Deck – (Twin or Double Beds)

The category P cabins are located on the Main deck featuring large windows. Category P cabins located at the bow section of the Main deck are equipped with Double beds, while all other Category P cabins at the Main Deck are equipped with Twin beds.They all have marble-appointed en suite bathrooms with showers. Cabins have individually controlled A/C and fitted with TV, telephone (for internal use), hairdryers, mini-fridge, central music, public address system and safe boxes.

M/Y Harmony V

The Harmony V is a modern elegant yacht with a sleek high-tech look very similar to the private yachts to be found in the famous ports of the world. The 56 meter long/8.4 meter wide Mega-Yacht was launched in June 2009 and complies with Eurosolas safety regulations while its powerful engines, generators and state of the art twin stabilizers will allow for safe and comfortable cruising.

A spacious lounge with classy seating and an American Bar leads into a dining area decorated with warm colors. Both areas offer large windows providing for the most beautiful views of all destinations the ship cruises to.

The 200 m2 sundeck offers a shaded outdoor area for all day dining and a bar as well as sun chairs and loungers. The swimming platform on Harmony V stern will allow for easy access to the ship and for a wide range of sea related activities.

M/YHarmony V
Launched / Rebuilt2009
Length55.00 meters
Breadth8.20 meters
Draft3.00 meters
Crew16 - 18 persons
Cruising speed11.00 knots
Cabins25

Cabins

Harmony V Cabin Category C

Category C:

Main Deck

1 Double Bed

The category C cabins are located on the main deck offering large windows, an en suite bathroom with shower and elegant Corian finishing on walls and floors. The cabins are equipped with flat screen TV sets, DVD players, mini fridges, hairdryers, individually controlled A/C and safe deposit boxes.

Harmony V Cabin Category B

Category B:

Main Deck

2 Lower Beds or 1 Double Bed

The Category B cabins are located on the Main Deck offering large windows, an en suite bathroom with shower and elegant Corian finishing on walls and floors. The cabins are equipped with flat screen TV sets, DVD players, mini fridges, hairdryers, individually controlled A/C and safe deposit boxes.

Harmony V Cabin Category A

Category A:

Upper Deck

2 Lower Beds or 1 Double Bed

The category C cabins are located on the main deck offering large windows, an en suite bathroom with shower and elegant Corian finishing on walls and floors. The cabins are equipped with flat screen TV sets, DVD players, mini fridges, hairdryers, individually controlled A/C and safe deposit boxes.

Harmony V Cabin category P

Category P:

Upper Deck

2 Lower Beds or 1 Double Bed
The Category P cabins are located on the Upper Deck offering a sofa, large windows, an en suite bathroom with shower and elegant Corian finishing on walls and floors. The cabins are equipped with flat screen TV sets, DVD players, mini fridges, hairdryers, individually controlled A/C and safe deposit boxes.

Prices

Sights & Sounds of Cuba

2018 PRICES (£) PER PERSON - FRIDAY DEPARTURES FROM CIENFUEGOS OR HAVANA
Operated by M/Y Callisto or M/Y Harmony V
Departure DatesCategory CCategory BCategory ACategory PDeparture port Special offers
29/12/2017£1,773£2,091£2,364£2,818Cienfuegosoperated on M/Y Callisto-
05/01/2018£1,773£2,091£2,364£2,818Havanaoperated on M/Y Callisto-
12/01/2018£1,773£2,091£2,364£2,818Cienfuegosoperated on M/Y Callisto-25%
19/01/2018£1,773£2,091£2,364£2,818Havanaoperated on M/Y Callisto-25%
02/02/2018£1,773£2,091£2,364£2,818Havanaoperated on M/Y Callisto-
03/02/2018£1,773£2,091£2,364£2,818Havanaoperated on M/Y Harmony V-25%
09/02/2018£1,773£2,091£2,364£2,818Cienfuegosoperated on M/Y Callisto-25%
16/02/2018£1,773£2,091£2,364£2,818Havanaoperated on M/Y Callisto-
17/03/2018£1,773£2,091£2,364£2,818Cienfuegosoperated on M/Y Harmony V-25%
24/03/2018£1,773£2,091£2,364£2,818Havanaoperated on M/Y Harmony V-25%

Cuba cruise - port charges, flights and supplements 2018

 Category CCategory BCategory ACategory P
Port charges(mandatory)£386£386£386£386
Flights inc luggage from£1,150 £1,150 £1,150£1,150
Transfers from£110£110£110£110
Single supplement30%30%30%30%
3rd person reduction30%30%--
  • Accommodation in your choice of cabin grade with private SH/WC & air conditioning, mini fridge and flat screen TV with complimentary movies.
  • Full-board: Buffet breakfast and two meals daily, including a Welcome Cocktail, local Theme Evening, fun BBQ on the beach or on deck (weather permitting) and Captain’s Dinner.
  • Regular (filter) coffee, tea and drinking water free all day, plus abundant fresh fruit.
  • Use of fishing and snorkelling equipment, plus sea kayak (subject to availability).
  • English speaking expert Guest Speaker.
  • Professional English speaking Cruise Director.
  • Beverages, except regular (filter) coffee, tea and drinking water.
  • Shore excursions on the islands or other land arrangements.
  • Crew tips.
  • Passenger personal expenses
  • Wi-Fi (available at charge)

Flights from the UK from London Heathrow & Manchester in the morning  and evening return departures from Havana.

Total flight duration from 11 to 14 hours including one stop in either Charles De Gaulle Paris or Amsterdam.

ATOL protected by the Civil Aviation Authority. Our ATOL number is 9511

Transfers from and to Havana Melia Cohiba hotel to Cienfuegos and vv are about 3 to 3.5 hours and are included in price for the start or the end of the cruise.

Havana airport transfers to/from Melia Cohiba or harbour approximately 30 minutes.

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