Silversea has launched a new collection of voyages to Cuba. Departing for Cuba from the United States—the first such departure in the cruise line’s history—the 17 voyages will offer immersive land excursions in various destinations.
Available to book now, five voyages will immerse Silversea’s guests in the country’s delights in 2019:
- Silver Wind will inaugurate the collection of voyages to Cuba on February 14, 2019, on a seven-night voyage from San Juan to Fort Lauderdale. The itinerary will include visits to the Cuban cities of Havana and Santiago de Cuba, and the Bahamian island of Bimini.
- Silver Spirit will depart San Juan on a 10-night voyage on February 22, 2019. An overnight in Santiago de Cuba will be complemented by calls in Cienfuegos and Havana, as well as stops in George Town, Key West and Bimini, before finishing in Fort Lauderdale.
- Departing San Juan on March 31, 2019, Silver Wind will stop in Santiago de Cuba and Havana for overnight calls, as well as Cienfuegos, on a 10-night voyage. The itinerary will also incorporate George Town in the Cayman Islands and Bimini.
- Also aboard Silver Wind, a nine-night round-trip voyage from Fort Lauderdale, departing April 10, will call in Santiago de Cuba overnight and Havana, in addition to Bimini, Nassau and Port Canaveral.
- Concluding the selection for 2019, a 14-night sailing aboard Silver Whisper will depart Fort Lauderdale on November 22. The round-trip voyage will include a visit to Cienfuegos, plus overnight stays in Santiago de Cuba and Havana, offering ample time for guests to experiences the local way of life. The itinerary also includes calls in Grand Cayman, Cozumel, Belize City and Key West.
In 2020, another 12 voyages are scheduled to unlock authentic Cuban culture for Silversea guests. These voyages will be opened for bookings in the near future. Guests will be treated to a variety of people-to-people experiences, showcasing Cuba's natural beauty and cultural and historical highlights. Sample shore excursions include:
In the Cuban capital, guests will have the chance to learn about landmarks on a driving tour escorted by a local guide. They will be able to explore the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Old Havana on a walking tour, with rum and cigar demonstrations and tastings. They’ll also be able to cruise along the waterfront in vintage 1950s American cars; enjoy the Latin rhythms and dancers of the Tropicana Cabaret; listen to musical performances at La Zorra y El Cuervo; and travel beyond the city to the World Heritage-listed Viñales Valley, known for its landscape and tobacco cultivation.
Santiago de Cuba
Often described as Cuba's cultural capital, Santiago de Cuba has a wealth of interesting attractions, from colorful colonial buildings, churches and a UNESCO World Heritage-listed fortress to eclectic museums, and charming parks, gardens and UNESCO World Heritage-listed old French coffee plantations. Guests will have opportunities to connect with local culture at historic sites of interest, gaining insight into the Cuban Revolution and the Spanish-American War. They’ll also be able to delve into the Cuban traditions surrounding tobacco and rum and more.
Originally home to French settlers, Cienfuegos offers a culturally diverse charm, highlighted by a World Heritage-listed city center that brims with elegant, neoclassical buildings. From here, guests can embark on an exploration of UNESCO World Heritage-listed colonial Trinidad, with its cobbled lanes and striking architecture; experience a local cultural community project and the first and only art gallery in the mountains; or marvel at the waterfalls, natural pools and mountains of El Nicho.
Guests visiting Cuba with Silversea are required to read the cruise line’s FAQs. They should also download and complete the Travel Certificate prior to embarkation.