Embark the ship in Havana.
Day 1: Havana
Board the Variety Voyager at the Sierra Maestra Cruise Terminal in Havana between 3-4pm. Or alternatively for passengers already in Havana join an optional excursion in Havana including the Plaza de la Revolucion, followed by a visit to Finca Vigia, beloved home of Ernest Hemingway where he lived for 21 years. After lunch visit a unique nostalgic car garage to view just how the Cubans manage to creatively keep those old American cars in such fine working condition, followed by a performance with dancers, musicians and performers of Havana’s Compas Dance Group.
Day 2: Havana
Wake up in Havana where you may join an optional walking tour of Old Havana, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Stop Fusterlandia, studio of artist Jose Rodriguez Fuster. The brightly colored mermaids, roofs, walls, benches, and doorways are greatly inspired by Gaudi in Barcelona. After lunch in a traditional paladares you will stop at the Merger Art Studio to view some impressive sculptures and paintings before ending the day at the San Jose Arts and Crafts Market. In the evening enjoy a Cuban night at a local restaurant.
Day 3: At Sea
In the early hours of the morning the ship sets sail around Western Cuba for a day at sea toward the Isla de la Juventud, the second largest island in Cuba and the seventh largest island in the West Indies. The Cruise Director and local guide will conduct informative programs and lectures about Cuba and its people.
Day 4: Isla Juventud
Today you will arrive at Isla de Juventud. After breakfast join an optional island tour by bus including visiting the capital of the island, Nueva Gerona visiting the “Universidad de la Isla de la Juventud Jesus Montane Oropesa,”. Enjoy a panoramic sightseeing and tour of the Presidio Modelo, an abandoned prison where Fidel and Raul Castro were imprisoned from 1953-1955. You will also visit Nueva Gerona before returning to ship for a late lunch.
Day 5: Cayo Largo
Arrive at Cayo Largo, formed by limestone over millions of years. Here you may enjoy an optional afternoon excursion, visit a local clinic to discuss the medical system in Cuba and engage with local doctors and nurses. Continue onto a Sea Turtle Breeding Centre and Endangered Species Protection program. There will be time for some snorkeling and swimming to explore the coral reef in open sea. Overnight at sea to Casilda.
Day 6: Casilda
Arrive early morning in the port of Casilda. Here you may join a full day optional excursion to Trinidad. The Spanish colonial settlement once built on huge sugar fortunes is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. There will be opportunities to visit the studios of local artists, the Museum Romantico or the Architecture Museum. Visit the studio of Lazaro, a very unique woodcarver, followed by a lunch at local restaurant. Mid afternoon the ship sets sail for Cienfuegos, arriving by nightfall.
Day 7: Cienfuegos
Today you may join an early morning optional excursion of Cienfuegos. This colorful city, also known as the Pearl of the South was founded by French settlers and displays unique architecture for the region. You will visit the graphic arts workshop and the Benny More School of Art. Walk around the city centre and admire outstanding examples of French neo classical architecture from the 19th Century. Later enjoy a concert by the singers of the Chorus of Cienfuegos, or string quartet. After lunch, stroll around the city, meet the locals, and visit the galleries and the local market.
Day 8: Cienfuegos
Your voyage ends in Cienfuegos where you will disembark. Transfer by bus from Cienfuegos to Abel Santamaria Airport.
Disembark the ship in Cienfuegos and transfer by bus to Havana Melia Cohiba Hotel.
- 7 Nights' accommodation on board the Variety Voyager
- Full board: Buffet breakfast and two meals daily, including a Welcome Cocktail, a local themed evening and Captain's Dinner
- Filter coffee, tea and mineral water available throughout the day
- English speaking Cruise Escort
- Use of fishing and snorkeling equipment
- Transfer from Cienfuegos to Melia Cohiba Hotel, Havana
- International flights
- Transport to the ship in Havana on arrival
- Beverages (other than those already mentioned)
- Shore excursions and other land arrangements. All CUBAN excursions must be PRE-BOOKED and PRE-PAID 20-days prior to embarkation, with no possibility for last-minute notice/participation
- Personal expenses
- Personal insurance
- Passport and visa costs, where applicable
- Wi-Fi (available at a charge)