While the thawing of relations between the USA and Cuba may have gone on to the back burner since Donald Trump was elected president, thanks to his predecessor President Obama, passengers can now legally sail directly from the USA.
With that in mind, leading culinary and destination-focussed cruise line, Oceania Cruises has announced ten new Journeys to Cuba in 2018. Sailing from Port Miami, itineraries range in length from 7 to 10 days and all include calls in Havana, Cienfuegos and Santiago de Cuba.
“I recently had the pleasure of sailing on Marina’s first voyage to Cuba and the best way to get an insider’s view of Cuba is to be immersed in the culture and everyday lives of the people – meaningful cultural insights that invite you to experience the real Cuba,” says Bob Binder, President & CEO of Oceania Cruises.
“You can enjoy exactly that on these new voyages, all of which offer calls in Havana, Santiago de Cuba, and Cienfuegos,”
Sailing to Cuba with Oceania Cruises is a different kind of cruising experience. There are only 684 guests aboard the acclaimed Sirena, looked after by 400 professionally trained staff. They will be wined and dined in four open-seating gourmet restaurants where they will feast on continental specialties along with the bold and vibrant tastes of Cuba.
Each of these voyages will feature a wide array of authentic Cuban dishes that were born from generations-old family recipes. Adding to the enriching nature of the journey, authoritative and engaging experts will deliver lectures on Cuban history, art, and music
Sirena is a combination of modern comfort and old-world style, says the cruise line literature comfort. Her 342 staterooms and suites are elegantly appointed and 70% of them have their own private teak veranda, the perfect perch from which to take in stunning Caribbean seascapes.
20 Journeys to Choose From
In addition to the sailings listed below, Oceania Cruises recently added six Journeys to Cuba aboard Insignia in the autumn of 2017 and added calls to Havana on four Regatta sailings in the spring and autumn of 2018. All told, Oceania Cruises offers a choice of 20 voyages to Cuba from autumn 2017 through autumn 2018.
The door to Cuba’s soul, Havana, captivates with its larger-than-life culture, sultry rhythms and weathered beauty. Take a relaxing stroll along the evocative Malecón, the quintessentially Cuban thoroughfare and get lost among the Baroque facades and colonial cobblestone alleys of Old Havana.
Visit the grandiose Capitolio Nacional and explore the world-class Cuban art collection at Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, which showcases everything from colonial-era paintings to masterpieces from Cuba’s famed Vanguard Period.
Enjoy memorable explorations such as touring one of Havana’s venerable old cigar factories for an inside look at the birthplace of these world-famous cigars and the centuries-old process of how they are made.
Days ashore in Havana include a short journey into the lush Viñales Valley, famous for its tobacco growing and limestone formations known as mogotes; a behind-the-scenes look at artisanal cigar-rolling methods at a local workshop or an evening of irresistible Cuban music at a legendary club.
Situated in a beautiful bay in the heart of Cuba’s fertile agricultural region on the southern coast, Cienfuegos will quietly charm you with its French spirit, tranquil seaside setting and neoclassical architecture.
Known as La Perla del Sur (the Pearl of the South), Cienfuegos was originally founded by French settlers and its city center is recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage site. Its historic center features well-preserved 19th-century structures, gorgeous plazas and a layout inspired by the Spanish Enlightenment.
Discover the ornate and eclectic Palacio de Valle and take in the stunning views as you explore Punta Gorda, the perfect spot to enjoy the sunset. Step back in time at Teatro Terry with a performance by local artists or discover nearby Trinidad, a remarkably well-preserved colonial town recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage site and anchored by its impressive Plaza Mayor, an open-air museum of Spanish colonial architecture.
Santiago de Cuba
A tropical and energetic cultural epicentre, Santiago de Cuba is the country’s second largest city and has played an instrumental role in the evolution of Cuban music, literature and architecture.
Wedged between the looming Sierra Maestra mountain range and the aquamarine Caribbean Sea, the city offers cultural diversions amidst a dramatic backdrop. Discover the city’s fascinating history at Castillo de San Pedro de la Roca and the Cementerio Santa Ifigenia, where Cuban hero José Martí and Emilio Bacardí Moreau of the famed rum dynasty are both buried.
Countless musicians have emerged from Santiago de Cuba including Miguel Matamoros of Trío Matamoros and Sindo Garay, and many say the heart of this thriving city lives in its music scene.
To book a cruise with Oceania Cruises or to find out more about our offers, please contact a travel professional, call Oceania’s Sydney Contact Centre, Australia: 1300 355 200, New Zealand: 0800 625 691, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit www.oceaniacruises.com/special-offers
|SHIP||SAIL DATE||LENGTH||PORTS OF CALL|
|SIRENA||4 May 2018||7 Days||Miami, Havana, Cienfuegos, Santiago de Cuba, Miami|
|SIRENA||11 May 2018||9 Days||Miami, Havana, Cienfuegos, Santiago de Cuba, Great Stirrup Cay, Freeport, Miami|
|SIRENA||20 May 2018||8 Days||Miami, Great Stirrup Cay, Santiago de Cuba, Cienfuegos, Havana, Miami|
|SIRENA||6 June 2018||7 Days||Miami, Havana, Cienfuegos, Santiago de Cuba, Miami|
|SIRENA||13 June 2018||10 Days||Miami, Havana, Cienfuegos, Santiago de Cuba, Punta Cana, Great Stirrup Cay, Miami|
|SIRENA||16 September 2018||8 Days||Miami, Great Stirrup Cay, Santiago de Cuba, Cienfuegos, Havana, Miami|
|SIRENA||3 October 2018||7 Days||Miami, Havana, Cienfuegos, Santiago de Cuba, Miami|
|SIRENA||10 October 2018||9 Days||Miami, Havana, Cienfuegos, Santiago de Cuba, Port Antonio, Nassau, Miami|
|SIRENA||19 October, 2018||7 Days||Miami, Havana, Cienfuegos, Santiago de Cuba, Miami|
|SIRENA||26 October 2018||10 Days||Miami, Great Stirrup Cay, Santiago de Cuba, Cienfuegos, Havana, Cozumel, Miami|
About Oceania Cruises
Featuring a fleet of intimately luxurious ships, Oceania Cruises offers an unrivalled experience renowned for the finest cuisine at sea and destination-rich itineraries spanning the globe. Seasoned world travellers are drawn to Oceania Cruises’ expertly crafted voyages, which call on more than 370 ports across Europe, Asia, Africa, Australia, New Zealand, the South Pacific and the Americas. Spacious and elegant accommodations aboard the 684-guest Regatta, Insignia, Nautica, and Sirena and the 1,250-guest Marina and Riviera invite guests to explore the world in unparalleled comfort and style.