Unravel the wonders of Cuba on the exciting voyage of discovery
7 Nights, 8 days, departing alternating Fridays from Cienfuegos or Havana
Experience a harmonious balance between conventional cruising and private yachting, along with an exciting voyage of discovery, unraveling the wonders of the Cuba awaiting to be discovered.
Each day you will discover a new port of call, a hidden cove with crystal blue waters to cool you, a glimpse of ancient history to amaze you and rich cultural diversity to intrigue you. The colonial cities of Cienfuegos and Trinidad, the verdant landscapes of Vinales / Pinar del Rio and the crystal clear seas and amazing underwater life in Maria La Gorda.
Ports of call: Cienfuegos - Trinidad - Casilda - Isla de la Juventud - Maria la Gorda - Havana
The Cuban Panorama Experience
The minimum average weather all year round is 22 degrees Celsius, and the maximum usually reaches about 32 degrees Celsius.
Cienfuegos – Casilda
After Embarkation and a welcome meeting, we have an optional walking tour, followed by dinner at a local restaurant. Overnight at sea to Casilda
Casilda – Isla de la Juventud
This morning there is an optional tour to Cienfuegos and Trinidad. We drive to Cienfuegos to visit this city which was founded by French settlers , and today is a UNESCO World Heritage site. Mid morning we travel to Trinidad , which is sometimes referred to as the Museum City of Cuba, and is a well preserved Spanish colonial city.Visit to the Romantic Museum and the woodcarving studio of Lasaro. Dinner on board. Overnight at sea sailing to Isla de la Juventud – the Island of Youth.
Day at sea – Isla de la Juventud
All day sailing. By late afternoon we will reach the Isle de la Juventud, where we will anchor in the bay of Singuanea. Overnight at anchor.
Isla de la Juventud – Maria la Gorda
In the morning we will have an optional excursion to Nueva Gerona, the Universidad de la Isla de la Juventud Jesus Montane Oropesa and the Presidio Modelo. Stop for lunch in Nuevo Gerona, before returning to the beach at the Colony Hotel for an afternoon of leisure. Dinner on board. Overnight at sea to Maria la Gorda.
Maria la Gorda – Vinales Valley
In the morning we will arrive at Maria la Gorda. There will be a one day land tour ending in Havana. We will visit a tobacco farm and learn about the production of the world famous Cuban cigars. After lunch at an organic restaurant, we will visit an organic farm to hear about how the climate and fertile soil have contributed to the success of organic farming in the region. Overnight in hotel.
Vinales Valley – Havana
In the morning we will reach Havana by bus, where we will re-join our ship. Morning optional walking exploration of Old Havana which was founded in 1519 by the Spanish. Now numbering a population of 2 million, Havana is a mixture of beautiful old baroque and neo-classical monuments, arcades and private balconies. We stop at Fusterlandia, studio of artist Jose Rodriguez Fuster, and also the Merger Art Studio, where we can view some magnificent sculptures. Enjoy dinner at a local restaurant with live Cuban music at the Cafe Taberna, or similar, with salsa music in the style of the Buena Vista Social Club, before returning to the ship. Overnight on board.
Optional city tour to the University of Havana, followed by a visit to Finca Vigia, which was the beloved home of Ernest Hemmingway. We stop for lunch at another paladar before continuing on to a very nostalgic car garage to view how the Cubans manage to creatively keep those old cars in such fine working order. After a short drive back to Havana, we will have an exciting performance from the Havana Compass Dance Troupe. Captain’s Farewell Dinner on board. Overnight on board.
Disembarkation after breakfast.
Important note: All Cuban excursions must be pre-booked and pre-paid 30 days prior to embarkation.
The Yacht - M/S Panorama
Discover a 3 masted Motorsailer which can accommodate up to 49 passengers in 24 cabins. The “Panorama” was launched in 1993 and has been rebuilt in 2001, followed by a latest renovation in 2014, when the Upper Deck cabins and Lounge, as well as the Main Deck cabin en suite bathrooms and Lounge have been refitted.
This state of the art Motorsailer has performed several Atlantic Ocean crossings and has sailed from the Seychelles to Monte Carlo and from the Black Sea to Tunis and offers the highest standard of accommodation and comfort safety.
|Launched Rebuilt||1993 / 2001|
|Crew||16 - 18 persons|
|Cruising speed||11.00 knots|
1 Double Bed or 2 Twin Beds
The Category C cabins are located on the Lower Deck and have portholes. The cabins are air-conditioned and fitted with TV, telephone, hairdryers, mini-fridge, central music, and public address system and safe boxes. The fully equiped bathrooms are finished with marble.
2 Lower Beds
The Category B cabins are located on the Lower Deck and have portholes. The cabins are air-conditioned and fitted with TV, telephone, hairdryers, mini-fridge, central music, and public address system and safe boxes. The fully equiped bathrooms are finished with marble or corian.
Upper Deck or Main Deck
2 Lower Beds or 1 Double Bed Cabin
The Category A cabins are located on the Upper Deck or on the Main Deck and have large windows enabling a breathtaking view or the areas you are cruising in. The cabins are air-conditioned and fitted with TV, telephone, hairdryers, mini-fridge, central music, and public address system and safe boxes. The fully equiped bathrooms are finished with marble or corian.
- Accommodation in your chosen grade of cabin with private SH/WC, individually controlled air conditioning, mini fridge and flat screen TV with complimentary movies.
- Full-board: American buffet breakfast and two meals daily, including a
Welcome Cocktail, a local themed party evening, fun BBQ (weather permitting) and Captain’s Dinner.
- Regular (filter) coffee, tea and still mineral water free all day, plus abundant fresh fruit.
- Use of fishing, snorkelling equipment and sea kayak(subject to availability).
- Professional English-Speaking Cruise Director
Beverages, except regular (filter) coffee, tea and drinking water.
Shore excursions on the islands or other land arrangements.
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.