Cruising Cuba

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The opening of the Caribbean's largest island, Cuba, to US citizens and its lengthy and stunning coastline begs to be explored by sea. Our Cruising Cuba voyage does just that aboard the luxury sailing vessels Panorama (48 passengers) and Panorama II (46 passengers). These small ships are perfect in size to provide an intimate and in-depth exploration of this charming island. Sail in air-conditioned comfort in beautiful cabins with marble in-suite facilities and expansive outdoor decks for soaking up the Cuban sun and scenery. It's only a matter of time before many of these ports and coastal towns will be inundated by mega-ships disgorging thousands of their passengers at each landing.

Our itinerary begins in Cienfuegos, whose French-influenced town center is an UNESCO World Heritage Site. Then aboard our ship we sail for 500 year-old Trinidad, also a World Heritage Site. We'll visit the little island of Cayo Largo with its white sand beaches and sea turtle breeding center. We'll learn about the endemic wildife at Guanahacabibes National Park, the largest of six nature reserves and visit a local school.

Continuing around the west end of Cuba, we'll anchor in the harbor of Old Havana. For the next few days, we explore this famous city, visiting with artists, musicians, the UNESCO Biosphere Reserve of Las Terrazas as well as the home and stomping grounds of Ernest Hemingway. 

In addition of local Cuban guides, our on-board staff and expert expedition leader will make sure you get the most of your Cuba cruise!


  • Itinerary
  • Date - Rates
  • Lodging
  • Map
Itinerary:

Day 1: Arrive Miami

Our Cruising Cuba people-to-people program starts in Miami with welcome drinks and a briefing on what to expect the following morning and while in Cuba. Dinner on your own. Spend tonight at the Miami Airport Marriott.

Day 2: Miami / Arrive Cuba / Cienfuegos 

Our morning charter flight to Cuba departs at a tme to be announced. Meet your driver and guide, and depart for Cienfuegos. During this drive through the countryside, your guide begins to brief you on the history and culture of this enigmatic island. Enjoy a performance by an orchestra or the Cienfuegos Choir, where we’re invited to join the choir for songs in the spirit of musical exchange. Discover the transformative power of art in the lives of ordinary Cubans while visiting a graphic arts workshop. Overnight at Hotel Jagua or similar. (L,D)

Day 3: Cienfuegos / Embarkation

An early morning visit to the local farmer's market and a walk through Cienfuegos' center (a UNESCO World Heritage Site) is a great place to do a little photography and soak up local color. On our list is the Government Palace, the Bishopric, Ferrer Palace and the San Lorenzo School. We'll also visit a graphic arts workshop and a performance by the Cienfuegos Choir before boarding our ship, the Panorama or Panorama II - our base for the next seven nights. (B,L,D)

Day 4: Trinidad

We spend our day in the beautiful and charming colonial town of Trinidad. Founded in the 16th Century by Conquistadores, Trinidad was the lively scene of smugglers and pirates and was a wealthy port through the 19th Century, dominated by the sugar barons. We'll spend a good bit of time walking through the town, visiting with locals and artists in their studios, such as the Casa del Alfarero Santander, where we can take a turn at the potter's wheel and learn about classical pottery techniques. (B,L,D)

Day 5: At Sea

As Panorama continues toward Juventud Island, enjoy informative discussions with your Cuban guide as well as educational lectures and games. (B,L,D)

Day 6: Juventud Island

Spend a day exploring Cuba’s second largest island, Juventud – the Isle of Youth. This island has a distinct history colored by the presence of Aboriginal Indians, Christopher Columbus, who landed here in 1494, and even pirates, but it is most famous for its role in Cuba’s revolution. Stroll the streets around Nueva Gerona’s Parque Central, mingling with students and street vendors. At the now-abandoned Presidio Modelo, learn about former prisoners Fidel and Raul Castro, who were imprisoned here for 19 months. This is where Fidel penned much of his text History Will Absolve Me. (B,L,D)

Day 7: Maria La Gorda

This morning we visit Maria La Gorda, a beach on the Bahia de Corrientes, then off to Guanahacabibes National Park, the largest of six of Cuba's nature reserves. Wildllife abounds here: brightly colored butterflies, endemic bird specialites such as the bee hummingbird and yellow-headed warbler, as well as some 16 species of orchids and epiphytes, some newly discovered. A local naturalist accompnies us to answer your questions. We learn about weather and hurricane forcasting at a local meteorological center, and visit a local school for a glimpse into Cuba's educational system. (B,L,D)

Day 8: Maria La Gorda/ Vinales Valley / Havana 

We wind our into the Vinales Valley, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. We meet some of the local farmers, business owners and naturalists and explore the surroundings which are part of a reforestation project for indigenous species such as teak and ebony. NO stop here should be without a visit to Finca Vigia, the last home of Ernest Hemingway, which is furnished just as it was on the day of his death. To preserve the ambiance of the home, visitors are not allowed in, but can look through the open windows and learn about the writer from the Hemingway specialists who work there. His fishing boat, El Pilar, is still on the grounds. (B,L,D)

Day 9: Havana

We explore Havan's famous Plaza de Revolucion and Museo de Revolucion and stop at the John Lennon Park. This afternoon is at leisure to shop and photograph the people, classic cars and architecture of Old Havana. This evening you can choose to visit an optional cabaret show (not included). (B,L,D)

Day 10: Havana / Miami

Disembark our chip after breakfast and transfer to the Jose Marti Airport for our charter flight to Miami, where you connect with flights home. Please note, depending on the timing of our charter flight, some participants may elect to overnight in Miami before continuing their journey home. Please check with our office before making your return reservations. (B)

Date - Rates:
Departure Dates

January 18-27, 2018

February 8-17, 2018

February 15-24, 2018

March 1-10, 2018

March 29-April 7, 2018

April 5-14, 2018

April 12-21, 2018

Vessel Category Double Single Port Tax Charter Air R/T Miami VISA fees
Panorama A - Upper Deck $7,599 $15,198 $430 $550 $90
  A - Main Deck $7,399  $14,798 $430 $550  $90
  B - Lower Deck $6,899  $8,749 $430 $550  $90
  C - Lower Deck $6,199 $7,699  $430 $550  $90

 

 

Double & Single Occupancy: Pricing is per person based on double occupancy, unless indicated as single occupancy. Limited single accommodations available.

Airfare: Domestic airfare to Miami is not included in prices above.

Please Note: Charter airfare is subject to change and must be purchased through IWA as part of your trip.

To Book: Call us between 8:30 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Mountain Time, Monday through Friday, or use our Request Availability Form (we recommend calling if possible as we can confirm your space faster). Your deposit of $750 per person and can be charged to a credit card (VISA or MasterCard). Deposits are due at the time of reservation, and balance is due 90 days prior to departure.


 

General Information, Terms & Conditions

Cancellation Fees: All cancellations become effective upon written receipt by IWA. Custom and group bookings may have special cancellation terms in lieu of those noted below. Certain air, permits and items sold as “non-refundable” are in addition to other imposed cancellation fees.

·         $750 per person cancellation fee from time of booking to 90 days prior to departure. 

·         Cancellation fee of 100% of the full program cost per person from 89 to 0 days prior to departure.

Insurance: Because many advance logistical arrangements have been made prior to the running of this trip, we must adhere to the above policy. In addition, please be aware that many insurance policies do not cover illness and accident expenses outside of the U.S., and Medicare does NOT cover any such expenses at all. In light of this, we strongly recommend trip cancellation and supplemental insurance.

A travel insurance quote will be sent to you upon registration.  Our insurance carrier is Travel Guard. 

 

Lodging:

Panorama 

The 48-guest Panorama yacht is a three-masted motor sailer with cabins located on three decks. Upper or Main Deck cabins have windows, while cabins on the Lower Deck have portholes. All cabins have individually controlled air conditioning and feature en suite bathrooms. Life on board often centers around the delightful outdoor spaces, including the sun deck and an aft deck leading to the bar. In the evening, relax in the ship’s welcoming lounge or the library. The swimming platform on the stern makes water access easy when weather and anchorage conditions permit.

  • Launched: 1993
  • Renovated: 2014
  • Length: 177 feet
  • Breadth: 40 feet
  • Draft: 16.5 feet
  • Crew: 16-18 persons
  • Cruising speed: 11.00 knots
  • Cabins: 24

M/S Panorama

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    Panorama Category B
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    Panorama Category A
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    Panorama Lounge
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    Panorama Sun Deck
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    Panorama Lounge Area
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    Panorama Exterior
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  • Panorama Category-A
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  • Panorama Sun-Deck-2
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  • Panorama Exterior

 

M/S Panorama

 

Panorama deck


 

M/S Panorama II

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    Panorama II al Fresco Dining
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    Panorama II
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    Panorama II Sun Deck
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    Panorama II Lounge
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    Panorama II Dining Area
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    Panorama II Category A Double Cabin
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M/S Panorama II

 

Panorama II deck

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