Experience Seabourn's First-Ever Visits to Cuba
Be among the first to experience Cuba in Seabourn style on culturally immersive cruises to one of the most intriguing islands in the Caribbean. Beginning November 2019, Seabourn Sojourn will sail on five 11-, 12- and 14-day itineraries either round-trip Miami or between Miami and San Juan.
Seabourn's cruises will visit a selection of five fascinating Cuban ports, calling at three or four on each itinerary and giving you the ideal opportunity to discover the different regions on this vast island.
We'll linger overnight in Cuba's most enchanting and colonial UNESCO World Heritage cities, inviting guests to savor all the history, humanity and life-affirming artistry of Cuba's culture and its people. Explore the diversity of this huge island in incomparable elegance and ease while traveling on Seabourn Sojourn. All five voyages will feature overnight stops in the historic capital city Havana, offering travelers ample opportunity to see and experience this vibrant destination. The visit to Havana allows guests time to explore the designated UNESCO World Heritage Site during its 500th anniversary year and immerse themselves in a wide array of historical and cultural experiences.
Seabourn Sojourn will call at these five fascinating Cuban ports throughout the season:
Antilla (Nipe Bay)
The entry to the deep-cut Nipe Bay passes by the Cayo Saetia National Park, a natural reservation with wide flora diversity and exotic fauna. The Holguín Province offers authentic Cuban communities like San Isidoro de Holguín itself, with 18th-century churches and sleepy plazas. The Sierra del Cristal range holds lush pine forests and Pico Cristal and Mensura national parks with the twin Guayabo waterfalls, Cuba's highest.
One of the later colonial cities of Cuba, Cienfuegos was founded by French nationals in 1819, yet it is inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its remarkable concentration of 19th-century architecture. The Jagua Castle at the entrance to the bay actually predates the city, erected in 1745 to protect ships from pirates. An overnight stay allows exploration of the city's highlights, as well as cultural experiences and a visit to the colonial town of Trinidad, another UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Havana (La Habana)
Visit Cuba's vivacious capital during its 500th anniversary in 2019. An overnight stay in the city offers ample opportunities to experience its history and enjoy the thriving music, dance and graphic arts scenes, as well as connecting with artists, dancers and community projects. A highlight is Old Havana and its Fortification System, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. How many cities invite you to tour 16th-century plazas and Art Deco treasures in lovingly preserved vintage American cars from the 50s and 60s?
Punta Francés, Isla de Juventud
This idyllic island is the second largest in Cuba, where Cuban vacationers snorkel and dive on coral reefs and shipwrecks in the National Marine Park. A hidden gem off the coast of Cuba, the island was once a pirate hideout. Now it supports farms dedicated to breeding sea turtles and crocodiles. The Punta del Este Caves are the "Sistine Chapel" of prehistoric Taino petroglyphs.
Santiago de Cuba
Founded in 1515, Cuba's cultural capital is filled with monuments of its colonial and revolutionary history, including UNESCO World Heritage Site San Pedro de la Roca Castle. Santiago de Cuba will reward a two-day stay with highlights including its cathedrals and the museums of the Moncada Barracks, the Velazquez House, the Lucha Clandestina museum and the neighboring community of El Cobre and its Basilica de la Virgen de la Caridad del Cobre. It is also the wellspring of all styles of Cuban music.
While off the ship, guests may join UNESCO Partner Tours to explore Cuba's World Heritage cities including Santa Clara and Trinidad, the Biosphere Reserve at Las Terrazas, plus participatory excursions both by day and by night, tracing the Cuban culinary, musical and artistic heritage and including meetings with arts and community projects in Havana, Santiago and Cienfuegos. Additionally, a stop at Cienfuegos presents the opportunity for a special visit to the colonial town of Trinidad, a UNESCO World Heritage Site in Cuba's province of Sancti Spíritus. In addition, guests can enjoy several complimentary Seabourn special events and experiences, such as Caviar in the Surf® beach barbecues in Isla Catalina and Carambola Beach, as well as Marina Day with complimentary watersports in Isla Catalina operating directly from the back of the ship, weather and conditions permitting.
Additional information and details about special U.S. requirements for travel to Cuba are available at www.seabourn.com.
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