|Coda Tours is offering an opportunity to spend New Year's in Cuba aboard the mega-yacht MS Voyager on an itinerary that begins in Havana and ends in Cienfuegos. This is not an all-gay cruise. It is a mixed voyage. This is a very comfortable way to see a lot of Cuba in just one week during a very busy holiday. It has never been so easy to go back in time to a place rooted in culture and history. Where the people are as warm and welcoming as the climate. Cruise through Cuba during 8 days aboard this comfortable vessel on a People to People program that allows you to step back in time to a country that been closed to Americans for half a century. You'll explore the western part of the island nation famous for its culture and music along with warm people and art. Coda Tours is offering this cruise as a small group aboard. Although not an exclusive charter fellow travelers are of like-minded interest in seeing and learning about the Cuba and the Cuban people.|
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FRI DEC 29, 2017 • Havana
Arrive in Havana where you will be met and assisted by a member of our team. Our People to People program begins immediately with a panoramic sightseeing tour of this exciting city, including a stop at the Plaza de la Revolucion. Enjoy a welcome lunch at La Barraca Restaurant, located in Hotel Nacional de Cuba, which specializes in Cuban cuisine and offers breathtaking views of the Bay of Havana. Remain at the hotel for an engrossing lecture with well-known architect Pedro Vasquez. Following the lecture, we continue to the pier for embarkation on the Voyager, followed by a boat drill and welcome briefing. Dinner onboard and overnight in Sierra Maestra Port- Old Havana.
SAT DEC 30 • Havana
After breakfast, disembark for a walking exploration through Havana Vieja, or Old Havana, and Centro Havana. Witness a mixture of beautiful old baroque and neo-classical monuments, arcades and private balconies. For an enhanced sightseeing experience, flag down a uniquely decorated local “bicitaxi,” or bicycle taxi. We will stop at a local restaurant for lunch, followed by a scenic drive in vintage American cars to Finca Vigia, beloved home of Ernest Hemingway where he lived for 21 years and wrote For Whom the Bell Tolls and The Old Man and the Sea. Upon our return from Finca Vigia, enjoy some free time before we make our way to Café El Mercurio for dinner, and then to the Café Taberna to experience the wonderful salsa music of the Buena Vista Social Club style performance. Overnight in Sierra Maestra Port- Old Havana.
SUN DEC 31 • Havana
Disembark in the early morning for an excursion to Fusterlandia, the studio of artist Jose Rodriguez Fuster. The brightly colored mermaids, roofs, walls, benches, and doorways were greatly inspired by Gaudi in Barcelona and Brancusi in Rome, but most of all by Picasso and Dubuffet. Enjoy 2 hours or leisure to experience the wonders of Havana on your own before returning to the ship for embarkation. Lunch, dinner, and overnight onboard as we sail to Maria La Gorda.
MON JAN 1, 2018 • Maria La Gorda
After breakfast, we disembark in Maria La Gorda, where we will visit a local school to meet the Cuban children and their teachers, and discuss the differences and levels of the Cuban and American educational systems, particularly in the rural areas of the country. Visit the headquarters of Guanahacabibes National Park, one of the country’s largest nature reserves on the westernmost tip of the island. The peninsula is one of the last refuges of aboriginals fleeing from the Spanish conquistadors and also holds some 140 archeological sites linked to life of aboriginals known as Guanahatabeyes. Time-permitting, we will venture into the park, followed by free time for swimming, snorkeling and a BBQ lunch in Maria La Gorda before embarking the Voyager. Dinner and overnight onboard as we sail to the Island of Youth-Isla de la Juventud.
TUE JAN 2 • Isla de la Juventud
Until 1977, the island was called the Isle of Pines. In 1978 Fidel Castro turned the island into one grand Communist school for students from around the world and thus the Island of Youth. Disembark in Marina Colony for a panoramic sightseeing drive of the capital city of Nueva Gerona. Visit the Presidio Modelo, an abandoned panopticon prison where both Fidel and Raul Castro were imprisoned from 1953-1955. Enjoy lunch in a paladar before visiting an art school and the maternity ward of a local hospital, if available. There will be some free time for independent exploration and enjoyment around Nueva Gerona’s grand boulevard before returning to embark the ship. Overnight at sea to Casilda.
WED JAN 3 • Casilda | Trinidad
Today we visit Trinidad, a meticulously well-preserved Spanish colonial city. With its rich architecture, cobblestone streets, palaces and plazas, it is sometimes referred to as the “Museum City of Cuba.” We will walk through the town, visit a scale model of the city, and have lunch at a local restaurant. Stop at the Romantic Museum located in the old palace of the Count Brunet, or Palacio Cantero, the Trinidad General Municipal Museum. Visit the studio of Lazaro Niebla, a very unique woodcarver. Depart Trinidad by bus and drive to Cienfuegos, where we will meet the Voyager for an overnight in port.
THU JAN 4 • Cienfuegos
Enjoy breakfast onboard before disembarking for our visit to Cienfuegos, founded by French settlers and thus with a unique architecture. Cienfuegos is also known as the Pearl of the South and was declared a UNESCO World Heritage site. Visit the graphic arts workshop and the Benny More School of Art. Walk around the city center and admire outstanding examples of French neo classical architecture from the 19th Century. We will stop at a local farmer’s market before having lunch. A special treat will be a concert by the singers of the Chorus of Cienfuegos, or string quartet. Overnight in port.
FRI JAN 5 • Cienfuegos
Disembark and transfer to the airport for short return flight.
|Note: This itinerary may be subject to change as a result of weather and other factors not in our control. Our vessels have been granted the longest stays of any cruise boats in the port of Havana. Since space at the dock itself is severely limited this itinerary might involve a combination of having to tender in to shore as well as docking at one of only two piers.|
|Rates Per Person >>>>PLEASE CALL FOR CURRENT AVAILABILITY<<<<||Double Occupancy||Single Occupancy|
|Owner’s Suite – Upper deck/double bedded cabinThe Owner's Suite is located on the upper Horizons Deck offering 2 x double windows and is the largest cabin of the vessel. The Owner's Suite offers flexible bedding configuration as well as an extra sofa bed. The cabin is finished with marble throughout the bathroom and luxurious fabrics & finishings and special amenities. The Suite is equipped with individual controlled AC/TV with DVD player/mini fridge/safe deposit box/deluxe toiletries and bathrobes and has WIFI internet at a charge.||$9569||$14096|
|Category P – Upper Deck (Twin Beds or Double Bed)The category P cabins are located on the upper Horizons Deck offering double windows/all finished with marble throughout the bathrooms and more luxurious fabrics and special amenities. All cabins offer flexible bedding configuration while 4 of the 7 include an extra sofa bed. The cabins are equipped with individual controlled AC/TV with DVD player/mini fridge/safe deposit box/ deluxe toiletries and bathrobes and they all have WIFI at a charge.||$8070||$11703|
|Category A – Main Deck (Twin Beds or Double Bed)The category A cabins are located on the main deck offering double windows/bathroom with marble floors as well as Glass and Corian showers. 9 of the 11 cabins offer flexible bedding configuration. The cabins are equipped with individual controlled AC/TV with DVD player/mini fridge/safe deposit box/deluxe toiletries and bathrobes and they all have WIFI at a charge.||$6872||$9799|
|Category B – Lower/Main Deck (Twin Beds or Double Bed)The category B cabins are located on the lower and main deck offering oversized twin port holes (lower deck) or small double windows (main deck)/bathroom with marble floors as well as Glass and Corian showers. 7 of the 10 cabins offer flexible bedding configuration. The cabins are equipped with individual controlled AC/TV with DVD player/mini fridge/safe deposit box/deluxe toiletries and bathrobes and they all have WIFI at a charge.||$6418||$9078|
|Category C – Lower Deck (Twin Beds or Double Bed)The category C cabins are located on the lower deck offering oversized twin port holes/bathrooms with marble floors as well as Glass and Corian showers. The cabins are equipped with individual controlled AC/TV with DVD player/mini fridge/safe deposit box/deluxe toiletries and bathrobes and they all have WIFI at a charge.||$5741||$8001|
ABOVE RATES INCLUDE CHARTER ROUNDTRIP AIRFARE FROM MIAMI.
Note on Cuba prices: Flights are round trip Miami International Airport. Port taxes of $490 and Visa charge of $75 per person not included in prices shown. This trip is operated by Group IST who has been issued a license (#CT-2014-309395-1) by the Department of the Treasury, Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) authorizing us to organize and operate People to People programs to Cuba.
Baggage fees; Gratuities; Visa; Havana airport departure tax; Port taxes; Trip cancellation and baggage insurance; Personal expenses (laundry, telephone, internet, spa, etc.)