Two Perfect Weeks in Cuba

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DATES: 2019 – March 14-29*; **April 14-28

DURATION: *16 DAYS/15 NIGHTS – **15 DAYS/14 NIGHTS

EMBARK: Miami, Florida

DISEMBARK: Miami, Florida

SHIP: Victory I

*March 14 Departure has one day Havana, two days in Cienfuegos and Trinidad

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All about the Two Perfect Weeks in Cuba.

Experience Cuban culture the most authentic way possible – through its people.

On this circumnavigation cruise of Cuba, get acquainted with Cubans in their daily lives, from the beautiful Santiago de Cuba to the colonial architectural haven of Trinidad, to the colorful, cultural city of Havana , and much more. Engage with people directly in discussions about their lives and work, culture and traditions. Meet with Cuban historians, artists, musicians and naturalists and experience this diverse island through their eyes.

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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.
  • BOOK BY SEPTEMBER 30 AND SAVE $2,000, PLUS
    • Included Gratuities to ship staff $15.50/person/day
    • Miami Transfers to hotel, ship and airport
    • Pre-Cruise South Beach Hotel
    • Port Charges and Required Cuba Visa and Medical Insurance
  • Expert lecturers and group leaders
  • Multi-day calls & overnights in ports
  • Visit Finca Vigía, Hemmingway’s home
  • 5 UNESCO sites
  • All Inclusive – open bar, shore excursions, port charges, Cuba visa and required medical insurance, one pre-cruise night in boutique South Beach hotel, private transfers from ariport to hotel, hotel to ship, and ship to airport
Whats not included in this tour.Items that are not included in the cost of tour price.

Air to Miami
Travel Insurance

  1. Day 1 ARRIVE MIAMI

    Arrive Miami. Private transfer to, and overnight at a boutique South Beach hotel, included in your cruise.

  2. Day 2 EMBARK CUBA CRUISE IN MIAMI

    This afternoon your private transfer will take you to the pier where guests will embark on the Victory I for an iconic round-trip journey from Miami circumnavigating Cuba, and return.  This evening, enjoy a Welcome Reception as well a highly informative talk of the journey that unfolds in front of us.

  3. Day 3 KEY WEST, FLORIDA

    Key West is one of the many small islands located between Miami and Havana, Cuba. It is the southernmost point of the United States, and offers a unique combination of serene vistas, energetic nightlife, and relaxed hospitality.

  4. Days 4-5 HAVANA, CUBA

    Cuba’s colorful capital is probably best known for the Spanish-influenced architecture of Old Havana. But its historic castles, fortresses, cathedrals, mansions and public buildings vie for attention with the city’s lively music and entertainment scene, an eclectic and sophisticated mix of museums, art galleries, music, dance, and open-air festivals that take full advantage of the island’s sunny Caribbean climate. In Old Havana, enjoy a presentation by a local architect involved with the government-funded restoration project of old Havana; learn about the work being done and discuss the challenges and the vision for Havana’s future. Next, discover the historic “plazas” in Old Havana on foot and meet with members of a graphic arts cooperative and discuss what they do. You will have plenty of time to explore Old Havana on your own and later experience Havana’s first English bookstore and engage in discussions with the locals.

    The second day in Havana, the presentation focuses on the role of religion in the Cuban Identity. Drive to the outskirts of Havana to Finca La Vigia, the Hemingway Farm. This beautiful property hosts the house where the Nobel Prize-winning author lived with his third wife Mary for over 30 years. Look into the open windows and doors to see the home in perfect condition with Hemingway’s personal belongings as he left them. Walk the grounds to see his private writing studio, swimming pool, and beloved fishing boat, Pilar. The boat is featured in his novel “Islands in the Stream.” Afterwards, enjoy a light lunch in a Paladar, (a family owned restaurant with homemade Cuban food).

    In the afternoon, explore Colon Cemetery with a local expert and learn the stories of the monumental architecture and of the famous Havana personalities who are buried there. Afterwards, meet up with a self-taught silversmith who trains young Cuban adults searching for a career in the private sector.

  5. Days 6-7 AT SEA

    Cruise from Havana around the west coast of Cuba. Enroute, enjoy the amenities of the ship, and the history and cultural programs.

  6. Day 8 CIENFUEGOS, CUBA

    The coastal city of Cienfuegos, the center of Cuba’s sugar, tobacco, and coffee trades, is known to Cubans as the Pearl of the South. It’s the only city in Cuba to be founded by French settlers. In 2005, the historic center was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Near the entrance to the city’s spectacular natural bay stands the great stone fortress of Castillo de Jagua, built in 1745 to protect the city against pirate attacks. Among buildings of particular interest are the Government Palace (City Hall), San Lorenzo School, the Bishopric, the Ferrer Palace, the former lyceum, and some residential houses.

    Cienfuegos is an outstanding example of an architectural ensemble representing the new ideas of modernity, hygiene and order in urban planning as developed in Latin America from the 19th century. As we walk through the main square, visiting the Graphic arts workshop where there will be discussions and interchanges with local artists. Visit a Cuban peso store, a ration shop and a CUC supermarket to better understand the workings of a two currency country. Lunch In a local restaurant, with an opportunity to try some salsa steps. After lunch, enjoy a performance and exchange with one of the talented musical groups in Cienfuegos.

  7. Day 9 TRINIDAD, CUBA

    A meticulously well preserved Spanish colonial city, with its rich architecture, cobblestone streets, palaces and plazas, Trinidad is sometimes referred to as the “museum city of Cuba”. Walk through the town with a representative of the Office of the City Historian, inter-acting with artisans and visiting with locals. At the Romantic Museum, we envision life in the 18th century through its furniture and decorative arts. Enjoy lunch in a Paladar, (a family owned restaurant with homemade Cuban food). In the afternoon, there is time to explore on your own.

  8. Day 10 AT SEA
  9. Days 11-12 SANTIAGO DE CUBA

    During 2 days in Santiago de Cuba, we’ll explore the Castillo de San Pedro de la Roca — better known as El Morro — inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List as ”the most complete, best-preserved example of Spanish-American military architecture, based on Italian and Renaissance design principles.” This multi-level stone fortress built into the rocky promontory of El Morro has guarded the entrance to Santiago de Cuba Bay since 1638.

    We will visit the cemetery to see some of the most beautiful burial crypts built in Cuba and to learn about Jose Marti, the Cuban National Hero. We end our discovery witnessing the changing of the guard at the tomb of Jose Marti. We end the morning at the Diego Velázquez House and Museum, said to be the oldest standing house in Cuba, the Spanish colonial structure is an excellent example of how Spaniards built and lived in Cuba. Have a light lunch at a Palador. In the after-noon, there’s plenty of free time to explore Old Santiago. There will be an expert presentation on the Culture and Religions of Oriente (Eastern Cuba).

  10. Days 13-14 AT SEA
  11. Day 15 MIAMI - DISEMBARK

    Arrive in Miami. After breakfast on board, disembark to your private transfer to the airport for your flight homeward bound.

Victory I and II

Introducing the Victory I and Victory II –  Agile and Elegant Small Ships, Perfectly Suited to Coastal Cruising

REFINED, SMALL SHIP EXPERIENCES
The indisputable joy of sailing is brought to life on the Victory I and II, agile small ships that easily navigate canals and locks, tranquil bays, and hidden ports where larger ships dare not go. Onboard, fresh, modern design tips its hat to our maritime past as spacious, open-air lounges, inviting dining venues, and generous windows ensure you never miss a chance to savor the view.

INTUITIVE & ATTENTIVE SERVICE
With a caring crew of 90 pampering no more than 210 guests, you’ll feel at home  from the moment you step on board. Whether it’s a favorite cocktail served to you on deck, hot coffee delivered to your room, an iPad® offered for use in the lounge, or the delicate chocolate on your pillow ensuring sweet dreams, serving you is our pleasure. Throughout the ship, “free flowing” beverages are available 24 hours a day and 24-hour room service is just a phone call away.

ONBOARD SPECIALISTS & INCLUDED EXCURSIONS
Aboard the VICTORY I and II, you’ll often travel in the company of engaging specialists focusing on areas such as: marine biology, naval history, ornithology and geology who share their expertise freely in presentations and impromptu discussions throughout your journey. In port, shore excursions with knowledgeable local guides provide meaningful opportunities to uncover the rich history, unique wildlife, and fascinating cultures of the destinations you visit.

Fast Facts

  • Dare Launched/Rebuilt: 1995/2015
  • Length: 286 ft
  • Beam: 50 ft
  • Draft: 13.5 ft
  • Tonnage: 4954 t
  • Cruise Speed: 12 knots
  • Total Staff: 90
  • Passenger Capacity: 210
  • Registry: Bahamas
  • Mast Height: 197 ft

Onboard Amenities

  • Spa quality robes & slippers
  • L’Occitane® bath amenities
  • Pillow menu
  • Premium mattresses | 100% Egyptian cotton bedding
  • In-room electronic safe
  • Individual climate control
  • LCD flat-screen television (satellite)
  • Hair dryer and make-up mirror
  • Alarm clock
  • En suite telephone with outside line
  • 24-hour room service
  • Bottled mineral water, replenished daily
  • “Free flow” beverage service
  • Complimentary WiFi package
  • Daily housekeeping, nightly turndown
  • Certified medical doctor on board
  • Salon on board

DECK PLANS and CABINS

All accommodations are air-conditioned and fitted with TV, telephone, hairdryers, mini-fridge, central music, and public address system and safe boxes. The fully equipped bathrooms are finished with marble.

OWNER’S SUITE: Ocean view suite boasting sweeping views, interior and exterior entrances, a private terrace, a complimentary minibar (restocked daily), one queen bed and one sofa bed, sitting area, in-room safe, evening canapés, complimentary laundry service, and the services of a dedicated butler, fresh fruit upon arrival (Deck 3)

Category AA Stateroom: Ocean view stateroom with direct access to the open-air promenade. Added amenities include: two twin or one queen bed, armoire, minibar, evening canapés, complimentary laundry service, and the services of a dedicated butler, fresh fruit upon arrival (Deck 4)

Category A Stateroom: Ocean view stateroom, two twin or one queen bed (Deck 3)

Category B Stateroom: Ocean view stateroom, sweeping views, two twin or one queen bed, armoire, chest of drawers (Deck 3)

Category C Stateroom: Ocean view stateroom, two twin or one queen bed, armoire, chest of drawers (Deck 3)

Category D Stateroom: Ocean view stateroom, two twin or one queen bed, armoire, chest of drawers (Deck 2)

Category E Stateroom: Ocean view stateroom, queen bed, armoire, chest of drawers (Deck 2)

Category F Stateroom: Ocean view stateroom, two twin or one queen bed, armoire, chest of drawers (Deck 1)

Category G Stateroom: Ocean view stateroom, two twin or one queen bed, armoire, chest of drawers (Deck 1)

Category H Stateroom: 1 Interior stateroom, two twin or one queen bed, armoire, chest of drawers (Deck 3)