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Blue Water Holidays - ABTA - ATOL - CLIA
01756 706500
+44 1756 706500

Cuba Circumnavigation

Immerse yourself in authentic Cuban culture through meetings with local historians, artists and musicians on this all-inclusive cruise around Cuba, visiting colonial Trinidad, colourful Havana and beautiful Santiago. Includes guided shore excursions and expert guest lecturers

Small Ship Holiday
  • Havana
  • Havana
  • Havana
  • Local musicians
  • Trinidad
  • Cienfuegos
  • Santiago de Cuba Cathedral

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Cuba Circumnavigation Special Offer

Enjoy an in-depth Cuban experience through meetings with local people to learn about their daily lives, work and traditions. All entertainment whilst in port is from the local communities and represents the region's finest music and arts, and the on-board Cuban National will provide talks on island life and politics.

Sail from Miami to the lively city of Havana where a guided tour showcases the city's fine neoclassical and baroque architecture. Enjoy watching a private rehearsal by an independent dance company and meet the dancers, then experience 1950's Havana nightlife with an unforgettable concert by the Buena Vista Social Club. Learn more about Hemingway's life and his former home then spend time with local fishermen at a picturesque seaside village. Gain an insight into Cuba's sugar cane industry at the Valley de los Ingenios with a visit to the Manaca Iznaga Sugar Cane Plantation. Meetings with locals in Trinidad include a visit to the Santander Family Pottery Studio, a trip to a coffee farm, a visit to a local painter and a local woodcarver, and lunches at paladars with the chance to talk to the owners and staff.

See authentic Cuban life at a local market and tour the colonial district of Cienfuegos before meeting with a director of an organisation dedicated to helping Cuban writers and artists, followed by a performance by school children. Enjoy an unforgettable exclusive performance by a superb music ensemble at the impressive Tomas Terry Theater. Learn about the Revolution in Santiago de Cuba with visits to Revolution Square and the Moncada Barracks, and enjoy a performance by Ballet Folkorico Cutumba which combines African, Haitian, Cuban and dance European styles.

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Cuba Circumnavigation 14-night Itinerary

Day 1 - Miami (USA)

Embark Victory II in Miami.

Day 2 - Havana (Cuba)

Discover Old Havana's historic heart on a guided tour through the city's cobbled streets and past superb neoclassical and baroque architecture then drive along the waterfront of Malecon through the chic neighbourhood of Vedado. After lunch watch a private rehearsal by MALPASO, an independent dance company, and meet the dancers. Last stop on the guided tour if San Jose Craft Market, one of the best places to shop for traditional Cuban handicrafts. After dinner this evening experience Havana nightlife in the 1950s with a Buena Vista Social Club concert at the iconic Capri Hotel.

Day 3 - Havana

Visit Ernest Hemingway's home to see hundreds of his personal belongings which appear to have been frozen in time. Explore Cojimar, the seaside village that inspired the author to write The Old Man and the Sea, and spend time with local fishermen. There will be time to explore Havana at leisure; perhaps visit the National Museum of Art, browse the book and antique market in Plaza San Francisco or follow in the footsteps of Hemingway with a daiquiri at La Floridita.

Days 4-5 - At sea

Enjoy the ship's facilities on relaxing days at sea with enriching talks from our on-board experts including politics and the arts.

Day 6 - Trinidad de Cuba

The well-preserved colonial city of Trinidad was founded by the Spanish in 1514 and flourished in the late 18th and early 19th century due to sugar production in the nearby Valley de los Ingenios (Valley of the Sugar Mills). Travel to this valley today to learn about Cuba's past sugar cane production and meet the skilled artists of the Santander Family Pottery Studio which dates back generations. Enjoy lunch at a privately-owned paladar and engage with the owner and staff before joining the walking tour of Trinidad's colonial centre. Meet Yudit Vidal Faife, an internationally-renowned local painter, and visit the gallery and workshop of the wood carver Lazaro Niebla Castro.

Day 7 - Trinidad de Cuba

Journey to a coffee farm in the nearby Escambray Mountains to see how traditional Cuban coffee is made and how the farmers live and work. After the chance to chat with the owner and staff of another privately-owned paladar there is a stop at a handicraft market to browse for souvenirs.

Day 8 - Cienfuegos

Cienfuegos is a mix of elegant French spirit and lively Caribbean flair with a beautiful waterside setting. Experience authentic Cuban life at a local farmer's market then discover the city's fine early 20th-century palaces. Enjoy a walking tour of the colonial district then re-join the ship for lunch on board. Visit UNEAC, a centre for Cuban writers and artists, to learn how it is helping members follow their passions. Watch a performance by school children then explore the area with the chance to engage with artists in their galleries and studios.

Day 9 - Cienfuegos

Enjoy a guided tour of the Cienfuegos Botanical Gardens which date back to 1899 then visit the Benny Moré Cultural Center to learn about this Cuban icon and hear how the organisation is working to preserve Cuban musical traditions. After lunch on board ship explore the ornate Tomas Terry Theater with its impressive interior and watch an exclusive performance by one of the city's best musical ensembles.

Day 10 - At sea

Enjoy the ship's facilities on a relaxing day at sea with talks from the on-board Cuban National about daily life in Cuba and how the Revolution started in Santiago de Cuba, the next port of call.

Day 11 - Santiago de Cuba

Santiago was once an important centre of Spanish colonial power and Fidel Castro began the Cuban revolution here in 1953. Tour the 16th-century mansion of the Spanish Conquistador Diego Velazquez who was the first Governor of Cuba. After lunch with spectacular views at El Morro visit the 17th-century Castillo de San Pedro de la Roca stone fortress. Discover Casa del Caribe which preserves Caribbean culture and spend time with members to learn about their daily lives.

Day 12 - Santiago de Cuba

Learn about the historical figures buried in the impressive Santa Ifigenia Cemetery including the Cuban hero José Marti, and watch the Changing of the Guard ceremony. Enjoy a performance by Ballet Folklorico Cutumba and meet with the dancers before visiting Revolution Square and Moncada Barracks, where Fidel Castro set out in 1953 to attack the military barracks.

Days 13-14 - At sea

Enjoy the ship's facilities on relaxing days at sea.

Day 15 - Miami (USA)

Disembark Victory II in Miami.

For navigational reasons the Captain of the ship reserves the right to modify the cruise itinerary. Please note, the 15 Apr 2019 departure is a 13-night itinerary

Cuba Circumnavigation 13-night Itinerary

Day 1 - Miami (USA)

Embark Victory II in Miami.

Day 2 - Key West

Key West is famous for its beautiful beaches, lively street life and connections with Ernest Hemingway. Enjoy a narrated Trolley Tour and time to explore at leisure. Sloppy Joe's was one of Hemingway's favourite hangouts and the Ernest Hemingway Home & Museum is where the author lived and wrote for over 10 years.

Day 3 - Havana (Cuba)

Discover Old Havana's historic heart on a guided tour through the city's cobbled streets and past superb neoclassical and baroque architecture then drive along the waterfront of Malecon through the chic neighbourhood of Vedado. After lunch watch a private rehearsal by MALPASO, an independent dance company, and meet the dancers. Last stop on the guided tour if San Jose Craft Market, one of the best places to shop for traditional Cuban handicrafts. After dinner this evening experience Havana nightlife in the 1950s with a Buena Vista Social Club concert at the iconic Capri Hotel.

Day 4 - Havana

Visit Ernest Hemingway's home to see hundreds of his personal belongings which appear to have been frozen in time. Explore Cojimar, the seaside village that inspired the author to write The Old Man and the Sea, and spend time with local fishermen. There will be time to explore Havana at leisure; perhaps visit the National Museum of Art, browse the book and antique market in Plaza San Francisco or follow in the footsteps of Hemingway with a daiquiri at La Floridita.

Days 5-6 - At sea

Enjoy the ship's facilities on relaxing days at sea with enriching talks from our shipboard experts including politics and the arts.

Day 7 - Cienfuegos

Cienfuegos is a mix of elegant French spirit and lively Caribbean flair with a beautiful waterside setting. Experience authentic Cuban life at a local farmer's market then discover the city's fine early 20th-century palaces. Enjoy a walking tour of the colonial district then re-join the ship for lunch on board. Visit UNEAC, a centre for Cuban writers and artists, to learn how it is helping members follow their passions. Watch a performance by school children then explore the area with the chance to engage with artists in their galleries and studios.

Day 8 - Trinidad de Cuba

The well-preserved colonial city of Trinidad was founded by the Spanish in 1514 and flourished in the late 18th and early 19th century due to sugar production in the nearby Valley de los Ingenios (Valley of the Sugar Mills). Travel to this valley today to learn about Cuba's past sugar cane production and meet the skilled artists of the Santander Family Pottery Studio which dates back generations. Enjoy lunch at a privately-owned paladar and engage with the owner and staff before joining the walking tour of Trinidad's colonial centre. Meet Yudit Vidal Faife, an internationally-renowned local painter, and visit the gallery and workshop of the wood carver Lazaro Niebla Castro.

Day 9 - At sea

Enjoy the ship's facilities on a relaxing day at sea with talks from the on-board Cuban National about daily life in Cuba and how the Revolution started in Santiago de Cuba, the next port of call.

Day 10 - Santiago de Cuba

Santiago was once an important centre of Spanish colonial power and Fidel Castro began the Cuban revolution here in 1953. Tour the 16th-century mansion of the Spanish Conquistador Diego Velazquez who was the first Governor of Cuba. After lunch with spectacular views at El Morro visit the 17th-century Castillo de San Pedro de la Roca stone fortress. Discover Casa del Caribe which preserves Caribbean culture and spend time with members to learn about their daily lives.

Day 11 - Santiago de Cuba

Learn about the historical figures buried in the impressive Santa Ifigenia Cemetery including the Cuban hero José Marti, and watch the Changing of the Guard ceremony. Enjoy a performance by Ballet Folklorico Cutumba and meet with the dancers before visiting Revolution Square and Moncada Barracks, where Fidel Castro set out in 1953 to attack the military barracks.

Days 12-13 - At sea

Enjoy the ship's facilities on relaxing days at sea.

Day 14 - Miami (USA)

Disembark Victory II in Miami.

For navigational reasons the Captain of the ship reserves the right to modify the cruise itinerary. This 13-night itinerary applies to 15 Apr 2019 departure.

Price Includes

  • 13 or 14-night all-inclusive cruise
  • Complimentary drinks throughout including house wine, beer, spirits, coffee, tea, juice, soft drinks and filtered water
  • Three themed afternoon teas and daily cocktail hour
  • Guided shore excursions
  • Lecture programme with expert guest speakers
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi
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Map for Cuba Circumnavigation