Sponsored by the Theodore Roosevelt Medora Foundation. Cruise around the island nation of Cuba, stopping at key ports to sample Cuban culture, cuisine, and have people-to-people experiences unavailable anywhere else.
Today you’ll depart the USA on your flight to Montego Bay, Jamaica. Upon arrival, transfer to your all-inclusive resort for overnight accommodations. Today Dinner is included.
After breakfast, enjoy the amenties of the resort before embarking the Celestyal Crystal. Once onboard, a professor from the University of Havana will provide an orientation session. You’ll have an opportunity to attend an onboard enrichment program, Cuban History: “Visual Arts in Cuba.” Afterwards, its Salsa time as professional Cuban dance instructors teach you the steps to this local dance. Today Breakfast, Lunch at resort & Dinner onboard are included.
We visit Santiago, a colonial gem. Your first taste of Cuba begins with a presentation on this Afro-Caribbean culture followed by a dance performance. Your discovery continues with visits to three iconic locations of the city. First is the memorial to Antonio Maceo, the “Bronze Titan” who led two wars for independence before being slain by the Spanish in 1896. Second is the infamous San Juan Hill where Teddy Roosevelt and his Rough Riders defeated the Spanish in 1898. Third is the Moncada Barracks where Fidel and Raul Castro commenced their 1953 attack on the Batista regime. This afternoon, back aboard ship, enjoy a fascinating presentation about the birth of the Cuban nation. There will also be a get-together with the Cuban staff onboard where you have the chance to get to know the people of Cuba. This evening, its dance time again as you learn the sensual "Rumba," taught by the professional dance instructors. Today breakfast, lunch & dinner onboard are included.
Today is a full day at sea with a variety of presentations and activities to immerse you in the Cuban culture. Begin the day with a cooking lesson, learn the story of Cuban cigars, or attend a presentation on the unique instruments that make Cuban music so distinctive and infectious. This afternoon, attend a documentary film about Cuba and later, join the staff to learn about Cuba culture in general. Of course a discussion on local culture wouldn’t be complete without mentioning rum! Discover the fascinating history of Cuba’s national drink and enjoy a tasting. An in-depth discussion on what makes Cuba different from her Latin American neighbors is also presented. And to end the night... it’s time to learn how to ‘Cha Cha’ with your professional dance instructors! Today breakfast, lunch & dinner onboard are included.
The day begins with an onboard presentation by a local historian followed by time for questions. Now that you’ve been introduced to the city, it’s time to disembark and discover Havana first-hand. A local guide leads you on a walking tour of Old Havana and it fortifications, which are UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Visit the four main squares of the city: Plaza de Armas, Plaza de Saint Francis de Assisi; Plaza de la Catedral and Plaza Vieja. See the Royal Forces Castle and visit a graphics workshop where you’ll see local artists at work and have the chance to interact with them. This afternoon, leave the past behind as you visit modern Havana. Depart the ship by coach for this guided excursion passing “Paseo del Prado” (the Promenade), the National Theatre and the Capitol Building. Visit Plaza de la Revolución, where May Day political marches and Papal masses have taken place. Photo stops include the José Martí Memorial and the National Library. Exploration continues as you see La Rampa entertainment zone and the famed Hotel Nacional, home to Hollywood’s rich and famous during the golden age. As you wander through the San José craft market, pick up authentic Cuban souvenirs and talk with their creators. After a full day of discovery, the evening is left free of planned activities. Experience Havana’s night life on your own, or join an optional excursion offered by the ship. Today breakfast, lunch & dinner onboard are included.
An onboard performance of Afro-Cuban music and dance by a group of local artists starts the day. Feel free to disembark and continue to explore Havana and meet its people on your own. After lunch, spend your last afternoon in Havana learning about the modern history of Cuba at the Museum of the Revolution or modern works at the Museum of Fine Arts. Join your ship’s staff to learn about Cuba’s unique ecosystem during a presentation on Cuban Flora and Fauna. This evening, join the dance instructors for a chance to show off what you’ve learned during this musical event. Today breakfast, lunch & dinner onboard are included.
Your ship’s staff will offer a variety of activities and presentations throughout the day. This evening, continue expanding your dance repertoire with the ‘Mambo’ – a fast ballroom dance of Cuban origin. Today breakfast, lunch & dinner onboard are included.
This morning, visit a local cultural project and interact with the locals. Visit the Plaza de Armas and the magnificent Thomas Terry Theatre. During a visit to the Graphic Society of Cienfuegos, view prints and meet with the artists. This afternoon, enjoy a presentation about the musicality of the Cuban people. Meet with the local Mixologists and learn how to make the best Cuban cocktails while hearing stories and myths behind these drinks. What better way to end the cruise than with a final dance fiesta! Today breakfast, lunch & dinner onboard are included.
As the ship returns to Montego Bay, it’s time to disembark and transfer to the airport for your flight home. Today breakfast onboard is included.
|Per Person, Double Occupancy||Single Room Add|
|Jr. Suite with Balcony||$4,249||N/A|
|Suite with Balcony||$4,550||N/A|
Please add $324 per person for port charges & gratuities for ship's crew.
Call for air rates and schedules between your city and Montego Bay, Jamaica.
Pre or Post nights in Montego Bay available.
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Deposit: $400 per person
Final Payment Due: July 11, 2018