Oceania Cruises announced an additional series of journeys to Cuba in November and December 2017. Ranging in length from six to 13 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 open for reservations from 16 February 2017 for Australian travellers.
“There is tremendous demand from consumers for voyages to Cuba and our inaugural voyages to the island have been a sell-out success. An Oceania Cruises voyage is the best way to experience all Cuba has to offer with nine UNESCO World Heritage Sites, warm and welcoming people, and a burgeoning culinary scene.”
Bob Binder, President & CEO, Oceania Cruises
All voyages and excursions will fully comply with existing US Federal Regulations and the most recent pronouncements from the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) of the US Department of the Treasury.
Aboard the acclaimed Insignia, there are only 684 privileged guests who are catered for by 400 professionally trained staff. Travellers will indulge in the ‘finest cuisine at sea’ in four open-seating gourmet restaurants where they will dine on continental specialties along with the bold and vibrant tastes of Cuba. Each of these voyages will feature an array of authentic Cuban dishes that were born from generations-old family recipes. Adding to the enriching nature of the journey, authoritative and engaging experts will deliver lectures on Cuban history, art and music or perhaps guests will join a group of fellow travellers in a Cuban staple, the game of Dominos. Throughout the journey, Insignia is a bastion of modernity and old-world comfort. Her 342 staterooms and suites are elegantly appointed and 70% of them have their own private teak verandah, the perfect perch from which to take in stunning Caribbean seascapes.
Panoramic Caribbean – 10 days from Miami visiting Havana (two days), Roatán, Santo Tomas, Harvest Caye, Costa Maya and Nassau. Departs 14 November.
Hemingway’s Hideaways – 7 days from Miami visiting Key West, Havana, Cienfuegos and Santiago de Cuba. Departs 24 November.
Timeless Cuba – 7 days from Miami visiting Havana (two days), Cienfuegos,and Santiago de Cuba. Departs 1 and 8 December.
Vibrant Vistas – 6 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), Roatán, Santo Tomas, Harvest Caye, Costa Maya, Cozumel (two days) and Nassau. Departs 21 December.
The door to Cuba’s soul, Havana captivates with its larger-than-life culture, sultry rhythms and weathered beauty. Take a relaxing stroll along the evocative Malecón, the quintessentially Cuban thoroughfare and get lost among the Baroque facades and colonial cobblestone alleys of Old Havana. Visit the grandiose Capitolio Nacional and explore the world-class Cuban art collection at Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, which showcases everything from colonial-era paintings to countless masterpieces from Cuba’s Vanguard Period. Enjoy memorable explorations such as touring one of Havana’s venerable old cigar factories for an inside look at the birthplace of these world-famous cigars and the centuries-old process of how they are made.
Situated in a beautiful bay in the heart of Cuba’s fertile agricultural region on the southern coast, Cienfuegos will quietly charm you with its French spirit, tranquil seaside setting and neoclassical architecture. Known as La Perla del Sur (the Pearl of the South), Cienfuegos was originally founded by French settlers and its city centre is recognised as a UNESCO World Heritage site. Rich in educationally engaging diversions, its historic centre features well-preserved 19th-century structures, gorgeous plazas and a layout inspired by the Spanish Enlightenment. Discover the ornate and eclectic Palacio de Valle and take in the stunning views as you explore Punta Gorda, the perfect spot to enjoy the sunset. Step back in time at Teatro Terry with a performance by local artists or discover nearby Trinidad, a remarkably well-preserved colonial town recognised as a UNESCO World Heritage site and anchored by its impressive Plaza Mayor, an open-air museum of Spanish colonial architecture.
Santiago de Cuba, Cuba
A tropical and energetic cultural epicentre, 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. Wedged between the looming Sierra Maestra mountain range and the aquamarine Caribbean Sea, the city offers a plethora of rich heritage and cultural diversions amidst a dramatic backdrop. Discover the city’s fascinating 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.