Cuba Cruise and Tour – All Inclusive

from $9,890$7,980

DATES: 2019 – JANUARY 24 – FEBRUARY 03

 DURATION: 11 DAYS/10 NIGHTS

 EMBARK: CIENFUEGOS, CUBA

DISEMBARK: SANTIAGO DE CUBA

 SHIP: LE PONANT

 

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All about the Cuba Cruise and Tour – All Inclusive.

Explore the finest cities and most historic regions of Cuba—many located far from Havana—enjoying the safety and comfort of the elegant 64-guest yacht Le Ponant, sailing from port to port without worrying about the condition of roads or the quality of local accommodations.

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The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance
What is included in this tour?Items that are included in the cost of tour price.
  • Included overnight at the luxury EB Miami Airport Hotel.
  • Pre-cruise tour of Havana and surrounding area.
  • Punta Frances, one of the most remote beaches in Cuba.
  • Hear about the Bay of Pigs invasion from the Cuban perspective
  • Tour colonial Trinidad, a UNESCO World Heritage site
  • Seven night cruise aboard Le Ponant with all meals
  • All beverages aboard ship
  • Crew Gratuities
  • Port Charges, visa and required Cuba medical insurance
  • Round trip air between Miami and Cuba
Whats not included in this tour.Items that are not included in the cost of tour price.
  • Home City air to Miami
  • Travel Insurance
  1. Day 1 ARRIVE MIAMI, FL

    After arrival at Miami, take the complimentary airport shuttle to the deluxe EB Miami Airport Hotel for the night.

  2. Day 2 MIAMI to HAVANA

    Meet fellow travelers at Miami International Airport for our group flight to Havana. After clearing customs and immigration, transfer to the city, where an architectural historian will guide a walking tour through the heart of Old Havana, a UNESCO World Heritage site founded in 1519. We will learn about the city’s colonial history, its ongoing restoration, and see its vibrant street life. View the handsome main squares including Plazas Vieja,de San Francisco, de la Catedral, and de Armas with its stately Palacio de los Capitanes Generales. Check into the Melia Cohiba Hotel (or similar). Enjoy a walk along the Malecon, the city’s three mile coastal boulevard and an evening gathering place for Habaneros. (L, D)

  3. Day 3 HAVANA

    Drive to the Sierra del Rosario, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve region and mountain range in the provinces of Pinar del Río and Artemisa, and the settlement of Las Terrazas, a sustainable village which originated as a reforestation project in 1968 and is now Cuba’s main ecotourism center. Meet the residents to learn about small town life in Cuba. Visit an artist’s studio and learn about his work and about the Cuban art scene. Alternatively, remain in Havana andlearn about traditional and contemporary Cuban art on a tour of the Museo de Bellas Artes. And visit an organic farm and learn about their sustainable farming practices. In the late afternoon, meet Cuban musicians and dancers at a cultural performance. (B, L, D)

  4. Day 4 HAVANA – CIENFUEGOS – BOARD SHIP

    This morning, see the baroque inner cloister of the Seminary of San Carlos y San Ambrosio and visit the Gaspar Melchor de Jovellanos Workshop/School for discussions with artisans specializing in monument restoration. Enjoy lunch in Old Havana at a paladar and learn about domestic cuisine and small business ownership. After lunch, travel by comfortable air-conditioned motorcoach from Havana to Cienfuegos, where you will board your ship. Embarkation from 16h00 to 17h00. (B, L, D)

  5. Day 5 At Sea

    Today attend lectures and enjoy the amenities of Le Ponant as we sail toward Punta Frances. (B, L, D)

  6. Day 6 PUNTA FRANCES

    Today we visit one of the most remote and beautiful beaches on Cuba, where we take advantage of the excellent swimming and snorkeling. The beach is part of Parque Nacional Marino de Punta Frances Punta Pederales, a marine conservation area established in 1978. We will have an opportunity to meet and talk with Cubans concerned with preserving the natural environment and fragile ecosystem of the island. (B, L, D)

  7. Day 7 CIENFUEGOS

    Today we visit one of the most remote and beautiful beaches on Cuba, where we take advantage of the excellent swimming and snorkeling. The beach is part of Parque Nacional Marino de Punta Frances Punta Pederales, a marine conservation area established in 1978. We will have an opportunity to meet and talk with Cubans concerned with preserving the natural environment and fragile ecosystem of the island. (B, L, D)

  8. Day 8 TRINIDAD

    Trinidad is the crown jewel of Cuba’s colonial towns. Founded in 1514, it is now a UNESCO World Heritage site. Its cobblestoned streets are lined with neoclassical and baroque homes and buildings embellished with wrought-iron grillwork. A walking tour will be led by Office of the City Historian representatives, with resident interactions along the way. Highlights include the Plaza Mayor; Museo Romantico’s wonderful collection of antiques; the Architecture Museum; the church of the Convent of San Francisco; and Plaza Santa Ana. Meet with an owner of a free-enterprise “casa particular” (Cuban bed and breakfast) and learn about this relatively new form of independent business in Cuba. We will also learn about the owner’s family history as it is tied to the home he has transformed into a casa particular. Trinidad is steeped in religiosity, including Santeria and other Afro-Cuban religions. We will explore these belief systems with practitioners. (B, L, D)

  9. Day 9 DAY AT SEA
  10. Day 10 SANTIAGO DE CUBA

    Set at the head of a spacious bay that is surrounded by mountains, Santiago, Cuba’s second largest city, is one of the island’s oldest cities, founded in 1515. The city is known for its eclectic architectural styles that range from Colonial to Art Nouveau, as well as for its flourishing artistic and cultural scene. Visit the Ateneo de Santiago, an important organization of artists. Meet with the organization’s members, each representing different professions within the arts, and discuss Santiago’s contemporary arts scene. Our exploration, in the company of local cultural leaders, continues at Parque Cespesdes, a charming square where in the 18th-century town hall Fidel Castro delivered his victory speech in 1959. Le Ponant docks overnight in port. (B, L, D)

  11. Day 11 SANTIAGO DE CUBA

    Disembark by 9h00. Transfer to the airport in Holguin for your return flight to Miami and connections home.

LE PONANT

Mythical destinations and secret ports of call only accessible to small capacity yachts. Ponant’s signature are French-style cuisine in a welcoming and intimate environment, discreet yet attentive service where no attention to detail is spared, unforgettable moments of relaxation aboard elegant French flag yachts of character. A sophisticated yet friendly atmosphere, in which, emotions, discovery and the quest for authenticity all take priority. Experience cruising in a different way and discover the magic of “Yacht Cruising”.

Given her size, shallow draft and a design that is very open to the sea (large sundeck, outdoor restaurant, easy access to the sea for swimming from her marina), Le Ponant, PONANT’s symbolic flagship gives passengers the feeling they are on a private yacht. The 32 staterooms all have a port hole and are tastefully decorated in a harmony of blues and whites. Two comfortable lounges and two restaurants complete the intimate spaces on this beautiful yacht.

 

Fast Facts:

  • Length: 290 ft
  • Beam: 39 ft
  • Draft: 13 ft
  • Cruising speed: 10 knots
  • Guest decks:  4
  • Guest capacity (double occupancy): Up to 64
  • Normal crew size: 32
  • Gross tonnage: 1443 UMS

 

RESTAURANTS

Discreet yet attentive service: French Cuisine and reception in the 2 restaurants respect our best traditions.

The Diamant Restaurant and the Panoramic Restaurant offer high-quality cuisine and can host 67 guests. Both are widely open to the sea.
Of course, tribute is paid to the great French gastronomic tradition, accompanied by a selection of red, white and rosé wines free of charge during meals. A fine wine list is also available to you.

At lunchtime a delicious buffet is served on the terrace, while evening menus are more elaborate in the refined paneled décor of the Karukéra Restaurant where you dine at the table of your choice. Later in the bar, a pianist entertains guests.

 

PUBLIC AREAS

Tasteful sophistication favoring life in the open air is our philosophy.

Le Ponant has plenty of space including a large comfortable lounge, two restaurants one with a terrace, and a vast sun deck from which to admire the 1500 m² of sail. There is also a platform just above sea level from which you can gaze at the marine life below or enjoy the water sports*.

The public rooms are flexible and able to receive all the passengers at once for conferences, presentations, or work sessions. Enjoy meeting people in the Emeraude Lounge, relaxing in the Saphir Lounge, having a walk on the Sun Deck.

* The water sports platform (marina) will only be open if the weather, security and local authorities permit it.

 

ACCOMMODATIONS ABOARD LE PONANT

Elegance and flexibility of the suites and staterooms, decorated by French interior designer Jean-Philippe Nuel.

  • Flexible capacity: from 112 to 122 suites & staterooms.
  • Maximum configuration: 13 suites & 108 staterooms.
  • Maximum number of suites configuration: 24 suites & 86 staterooms.
  • Magnificent ocean views: 114 staterooms and suites with balcony
  • Individually-controlled air-conditioning
  • Cabin layout: king-size bed, or twin beds, adjoining cabins available (children welcome)
  • Minibar
  • Flat screen satellite TV
  • IPod™ players
  • Desk with stationery
  • Electronic safe
  • French bath products
  • Dressing table and hairdryer
  • Bath robes
  • Satellite direct line telephone
  • 110/220 volt outlets
  • 24hr room service
  • WiFi

ANTIGUA

  •  Area : 12 m²
  • Capacity :up to 2 passengers per cabin

MARIE GALANTE

  • Area : 10 m²
  • Capacity :up to 3 passengers per cabin