Oceania Cruises has announced an additional series of journeys to Cuba in November and December 2017. Ranging in length from six to thirteen days with departures from Miami, these voyages include the line’s first calls to Cienfuegos and Santiago de Cuba, in addition to Havana. These new itineraries are now open for reservations.
All voyages and excursions will fully comply with existing U.S. Federal Regulations and the most recent pronouncements from the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) of the U.S. Department of the Treasury.
The cruises will take place onboard the Insignia, which will offer dining based on the tastes of Cuba and lectures on Cuban history, art, and music. 70 percent of the ship’s 342 staterooms have their own private teak veranda.
Here are some highlights of the new itineraries:
Panoramic Caribbean – 10 days from Miami visiting Havana (two days), Roatan, Santo Tomas, Harvest Caye, Costa Maya, and Nassau. Departs 14 November.
Hemingway’s Hideaways – Seven days from Miami visiting Key West, Havana, Cienfuegos, and Santiago de Cuba. Departs 24 November.
Timeless Cuba – Seven days from Miami visiting Havana (two days), Cienfuegos, and Santiago de Cuba. Departs 1 & 8 December.
Vibrant Vistas – Six days from Miami visiting Key West, Havana, Cozumel, and Great Stirrup Cay. Departs 15 December.
Holidays in the Tropics – 13 days from Miami visiting Key West, Havana (two days), Roatan, Santo Tomas, Harvest Caye, Costa Maya, Cozumel (two days), and Nassau. Departs 21 December.
In Havana, guests will have the chance to take a relaxing stroll along the evocative Malecón and get lost among the Baroque facades and colonial cobblestone alleys of Old Havana. The trip will also visit the 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 Vanguard Period. There will also be the chance to tour one of Havana’s old cigar factories.
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. The city’s historic center has well-preserved 19th-century structures and a layout inspired by the Spanish Enlightenment. The trip here will visit the Palacio de Valle and explore Punta Gorda, a spot to enjoy the sunset. At Teatro Terry guests will take in a performance by local artists. There will also be the chance to explore nearby Trinidad, a colonial town recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage site and anchored by its Plaza Mayor, an open-air museum of Spanish colonial architecture.
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. Guests will have the chance to discover the city’s 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.