“This is the most beautiful land one has ever seen.” Christopher Columbus
7 Nights, 8 days, departing Saturdays.
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.
Ports of call: Cienfuegos – Trinidad - Cayo Largo - Isla Juventud - Havana
The Yacht Cruise Experience
The minimum average weather all year round is 22 degrees Celsius, and the maximum usually reaches about 32 degrees Celsius.
Cienfuegos – Trinidad
Meet early morning for a 3-hour 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.
Trinidad – Cayo Largo
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 Cayo Largo.
Cayo Largo – Isla Juventud
Optional morning excursion in Cayo Largo, where we visit a local clinic and engage with the local doctors and nurses. We also visit the Sea Turtle Breeding Center and Endangered Species Protection program. Time for swimming and snorkelling before lunch. Overnight at sea to Isla Juventud
Isla Juventud – Havana
On arrival at Isla Juventud, we will moor in front of the Colony Hotel. This morning there will be an optional excursion to Nueva Gerona, the capital of Isla Juventud, where we will visit the Universidad de la isla de las Juventud. For passengers not choosing to take the excursion, there will be free time for enjoying the sea at the Colony Hotel. Overnight at sea to Havana.
Day at Sea – Havana
Enjoy the on board amenities as the Voyager makes her way toward Havana, the largest city in the Caribbean. On board the Voyager there are movies about Cuba, and the Cruise Director and local guide will conduct informative programs and lectures about Cuba and its people, explaining the meaningful exchanges that will be taking place during the program. Relax and enjoy your time as the Voyager makes her way toward Havana for an evening arrival. Overnight in Sierra Maestra Port – Old 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 centers in the Caribbean, around which a sprawling metropolis grew. We will stop at Fusterlandia, studio of artist Jose Rodriguez Fuster. His brightly colored mermaids, roofs, walls, benches, doorways and roosters stretch across houses and adorn the entire area. Lunch will be at one of Cuba’s delicious paladares, a small, privately owned Cuban restaurant serving traditional Cuban food, followed by a stop at the Merger Art Studio to view some magnificent sculptures and beautiful paintings before we continue to the San Jose Arts and Crafts Market. Here, in an old 1885 warehouse near the pier, you will find wonderful gifts from carvings, shirts, art, music and more. After a wonderful dinner ashore, time to celebrate at the famous Tropicana nightclub show. Return to the Voyager- Overnight in Sierra Maestra Port – Old Havana.
Optional excursion in Havana Disembark for a visit the University of Havana, followed by a visit 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. Stop to enjoy a lunch at another paladar before continuing to a very unique nostalgic car garage to view just how the Cubans manage to creatively keep those old cars in such fine working condition. Then it’s a short drive back to Havana for an exciting performance from the Havana Compass dance troupe. Return to the Voyager for special Farewell Dinner and overnight on board. Overnight in Sierra Maestra Port – Old Havana.
Disembarkation after breakfast.
M/Y Variety Voyager
The new build 68m/223ft state of the art Mega Yacht accommodates just 72 passengers in 36 cabins. Built in 2012 under the latest International “Safety of Life At Sea” (SOLAS 2010) regulations and classified by RINA, the Variety Voyager guarantees guests safety with incomparable comfort and elegance.
The Variety Voyager seduces her passengers with her sleek lines and ample deck space, which is very much what one expects from a millionaire’s super yacht. Inside, cabins and public areas are finished with warm fabrics, rich marbles, axminster carpeting and soft tones wood panelling.
Everywhere, there are unobstructed views of the ocean and of the ports visited, and above all, the professional service of a crew of 32-33, who are always with a smile and have a true desire to satisfy.
|Crew||32 - 33 persons|
|Cruising speed||13.00 knots|
Twin Beds or Double Bed
The category C cabins are located on the lower deck offering oversized twin port holes, bathrooms with marble floors as well as Glass and Corian showers. The cabins are equiped with individual controlled A/C, TV with DVD player, mini fridge, safe deposit box, deluxe toiletries and bathrobes and they all have WIFI at a charge.
Twin Beds or Double Bed
The category B cabins are located on the lower and main deck offering oversized twin port holes (lower deck) or small double windows (main deck), bathroom with marble floors as well as Glass and Corian showers. 7 of the 10 cabins offer flexible bedding configuration. The cabins are equiped with individual controlled A/C, TV with DVD player, mini fridge, safe deposit box, deluxe toiletries and bathrobes and they all have WIFI at a charge.
Twin Beds or Double Bed
The category A cabins are located on the main deck offering double windows, bathroom with marble floors as well as Glass and Corian showers. 9 of the 11 cabins offer flexible bedding configuration. The cabins are equiped with individual controlled A/C, TV with DVD player, mini fridge, safe deposit box, deluxe toiletries and bathrobes and they all have WIFI at a charge.
Twin Beds or Double Bed
The category P cabins are located on the upper Horizons Deck offering double windows, all finished with marble throughout the bathrooms and more luxurious fabrics and special amenities. All cabins offer flexible bedding configuration while 4 of the 7 include an extra sofa bed. The cabins are equiped with individual controlled A/C, TV with DVD player, mini fridge, safe deposit box, deluxe toiletries and bathrobes and they all have WIFI at a charge.
Double bedded cabin
The Owner’s Suite is located on the upper Horizons Deck offering 2 x double windows, and is the largest cabin of the vessel. The Owner’s Suite offers flexible bedding configuration as well as an extra sofa bed. The cabin is finished with marble throughout the bathroom and luxurious fabrics & finishings and special amenities. The Suite is equiped with individual controlled A/C, TV with DVD player, mini fridge, safe deposit box, deluxe toiletries and bathrobes and has WIFI internet at a charge.
Sights & Sounds of Cuba2017 PRICES (£) PER PERSON – FRIDAY DEPARTURES FROM CIENFUEGOS
Operated by M/V Voyager
|Departure dates||Category C||Category B||Category A||Category P||Owner's Suite||Departure port|
|29/12/2017||£ 2,455||£ 2,955||£ 3,273||£4,091||£5,091||Cienfuegos|
Cuba cruise - port charges, flights and supplements 2017
|Category C||Category B||Category A||Category P||Owner's Suite|
|Flights inc luggage from||£1,150||£1,150||£1,150||£1,150||£1,150|
|3rd person reduction||30%||30%||N/A||N/A|
Sights & Sounds of Cuba2018 PRICES (£) PER PERSON - FRIDAY DEPARTURES FROM CIENFUEGOS OR HAVANA
Operated by M/V Voyager
|Departure Dates||Category C||Category B||Category A||Category P||Owners suite||Departure port|
Cuba cruise - port charges, flights and supplements 2018
|Category C||Category B||Category A|
|Flights inc luggage from||£1,150||£1,150||£1,150|
|3rd person reduction||N/A||30%||N/A|
- 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.