Authentic Cuban Cruise With Holland America
Includes an Overnight in Havana
9 Days | Jan 14-22, Feb 4-12, or Mar 17-25, 2020
Starting At $1685.00
While Cuba has been off-limits to most American travelers since 1963, cruise ships have started calling again to this mysterious island. Most visitors today are drawn not only by the island’s mild climate and beautiful beaches but also its cultural riches. Havana has a wealth of colonial buildings and vintage automobiles, as well as intimate paladares that serve local dishes and street parties that move to the rhythms of mambo and salsa. On the country’s southern coast, Cienfuegos has elegant mansions and a 19th-century street plan that earned it a place on UNESCO’s list of World Heritage sites.
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January 14-22, February 4-12, or March 17-25, 2020
Day 1 – Arrive Ft Lauderdale
Upon arrival into Ft Lauderdale, transfer to your hotel for your overnight stay. The rest of the evening is on your own.
Day 2 – Ft Lauderdale/Board the Veendam
This morning after breakfast, check out of your hotel and board the motorcoach for Port Everglades and board the Veendam for your cruise to Cuba. Grandly proportioned and recently enhanced, Veendam combines 21st-century amenities and elegant spaces graced by a multi-million-dollar art and antiques collection. While on board, you can learn video-editing tips at a Digital Workshop powered by Windows®. Hone your culinary skills at an America’s Test Kitchen cooking show or hands-on workshop. Or explore fine dining at their specialty restaurants.
Day 3 – Havana, Cuba
While most Americans have never been there, the very word Havana still evokes a set of specific images—candy-colored vintage cars puttering along picturesque streets; smiling musicians playing familiar tropical tunes whose rhythms are so infectious that nearly everyone is seduced into dancing; cigar-smoking and rum-sipping locals against a palm-fringed background. There’s a reason these have become the stereotypical visual symbols of Cuba’s capital city, but dive beneath the surface and you’ll find so much more: world-class sports matches, centuries-old historic sites and even a Chinatown in midst of a cultural revival. And while Havana may not be a global culinary capital (for the moment, at least), you can find plenty of delicious dishes served in friendly casual restaurants run out of private homes or in more-upscale spots with city and water views. As for shopping, you’ll definitely be able to purchase unique souvenirs to take home, from photo books about Cuban culture sold at the island’s only English-language bookstore to a hand-blended perfume or cologne packaged in a bottle that looks like a throwback to another era.
Day 4 – Havana, Cuba
Enjoy another morning and afternoon in the Cuban capital. Make time to visit Ernest Hemmingway’s home or the fishing town of Cojimar, inspiration for the novel “The Old Man and the Sea”. Or talk classic cars with your taxi driver as you cruise along the seaside malecon in his ’57 Chevy. The day is yours to enjoy and soak up the lively Cuban culture.
Day 5 – Cienfuegos, Cuba
The city of Cienfuegos is also the capital of the province of the same name. A port city on Cuba’s southern coast, Cienfuegos has played an important role in Cuba’s history since it was founded in 1819, when the island was still Spanish territory, and today it remains one of the country’s important commercial centers—a transit point for coffee, sugarcane and tobacco. It has both welcomed and resisted incursions from various people and interests over the past two centuries. Cienfuegos boasts numerous attractions that give a fuller, more complex view of Cuban life, culture and history. This fact was recognized by UNESCO in 2005, when the organization inscribed the old center of Cienfuegos, with its many stately neoclassical buildings and “harmonious overall townscape,” onto its World Heritage List. Stroll the busy Paseo del Prado, where friendly baristas invite you in for a cup of strong Cuban coffee. Don’t miss the salsa dance lesson on the terrace at Clun Cienfuegos, a great way to mix with the locals as you discover common ground through music.
Day 6 – Ocho Rios, Jamaica
Ocho Rios–or “Ochee,” as the locals call it–is one of Jamaica’s prime tourist destinations. Located in St. Ann’s Parish, Ocho Rios has a population of is just over 10,000 people. It’s come a long way from the 1940s, when it was just a sleepy fishing village. Today’s visitors come to see Dunn’s River Falls, bask on the area’s beaches, and take in a variety of touristic activities such as its wonderful shopping area.
Day 7 – Georgetown, Grand Cayman
George Town is the capital of the Cayman Islands. It lies in the west of the largest island, Grand Cayman. It’s known as a financial hub. Tax-free shops cluster around Cardinal Avenue. The Cayman Islands National Museum is housed in a 19th-century building on Harbour Drive. It contains displays on local history,
Day 8 – Day at Sea
While on the way home, make time for one last mojito on the Lido Deck as you sail the warm Caribbean waters. Today is a free day to make the most of your last day on your cruise.
Day 9 – Ft Lauderdale
Today bid farewell to the marvelous shipboard staff and begin your journey home.