Rob Sequin | Havana Journal
Design Travel is promoting a first of its kind Cuba cruise featuring several ports of call in Cuba.
The Sights and sounds of Cuba cruise tour is a seven night, Havana to Trinidad cruise on the 25 cabin Sail Cruiser Panorama.
The cruise ship is owned and operated by a Greek company that owns and operates several yachts and small cruise ships.
This unique Cuba cruise blends conventional cruising with private yachting, coupled with an exciting voyage of discovery. Every day you the yacht will dock in a different port of call in Cuba. Passengers can explore the colonial cities of Cienfuegos and Trinidad, the unique landscapes of Vinales Valley in Pinar del Rio and the crystal clear waters of Bahia de Corrientes, Isla de la Juventud or Cayo Largo, depending on weather and winds.
Up to forty-nine passengers can enjoy the 25 cabin Sail Cruiser S/C Panorama.
Depending on travel dates, destinations will vary but voyages are scheduled to depart Havana twice a month from December 2012 to April 2013 and prices vary from $2,390 to $2,990.
with optional tours at an added expense
Pinar del Rio / Vinales Valley
Excursion in the Pinar del Rio province. Go inland to visit the Valley of Vinales, one of Cuba’s most scenic regions. You will be astonished by the view of the “mogotes” rock formations and by the 18th century city of Vinales, a Unesco World Heritage site.
Bahia de Corrientes and Guanahacabibes National Park
The Panorama will reach the Bahia de Corrientes, a site of stunning beauty for its crystal clear waters and pristine beaches and wildlife and a Biosphere Reserve is a UNESCO site. Half day Optional excursion. Overnight at anchor.
Isla de la Juventud or Cayo Largo
Leave Bahia de Corrientes in the morning and navigate the turquoise waters of the Caribbean side of Cuba to reach the Isla de la Juventud. It is a unique opportunity to admire the most beautiful reefs and coast line in the Caribbean.
Playa Giron/Bay of Pigs
This morning passengers will discover Playa Giron, commonly known as the landing site for the Bay of Pigs invasion. Visit the Zapata swamp ecosystem in the afternoon.
Cienfuegos was first discovered by Christopher Columbus on his second voyage to the Americas and is reached through narrow straits. The city is known as the pearl of the South. It was founded by the French in 1819 and it has kept a homogeneous architectural character which earned the city a UNESCO listing with a strong French neo classic style. Full day excursion will show the many facets of this city and of the surrounding area which is the birthplace of Benny More the legendary Cuban music composer and player.
End at the port of Casilda starting point of the visit to Trinidad, a Spanish colonial settlement. For many, the clock stopped ticking in 1850 when the city was built on huge sugar fortunes. Colonial style mansions make it Cuba’s largest outdoor museum and a World Heritage site since 1988. In the afternoon we travel to the Valley of Sugar Mills, just 8 km east of the city and also a World Heritage site, where 19th century sugar plantations are now in ruins amongst a landscape of royal palms. Evening in Casilda.
Cuban tour operator Design Travel is planning add on tours for this Cuba cruise for people looking for a richer travel experience in Cuba.