First ultra-luxury cruise line granted access for cruises to Cuba
Seabourn is the third Carnival-owned cruise line to begin cruises to Cuba. Seabourn Sojourn has been given the green light to offer five sailings there in 2019.
Guests will have the choice of four separate itineraries sailing on five different departure dates. The 11, 12 and 14-day cruises all include an overnight in the island nation’s capital of Havana in addition to three or four of the five different Cuban ports on offer:
Antilla (Nice Bay)
The entry to the deep-cut Nipe Bay passes by the Cayo Saetia National Park, a reservation with lots of diverse flora and fauna. The Holguin province offers authentic Cuban communities, with 18th-century churches and sleepy plazas. The Sierra del Cristal range holds pine forests and Pico Cristal and Mensura national parks with the twin Guayabo waterfalls, Cuba’s highest.
This colonial city was founded by French nationals in 1819 and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its concentration of 19th-century architecture. The Jagua Castle at the entrance to the bay predates the city – erected in 1745 to protect ships from pirates. An overnight stay allows for exploration of the city’s highlights and a visit to the town of Trinidad, another UNESCO site.
Cuba’s vivacious capital will be celebrating its 500th anniversary in 2019. An overnight stay allows for enjoying the music, dance, and graphic arts scenes. A highlight is Old Havana and its Fortification System, a UNESCO site.[xyz-ihs snippet=”bc-inarticle”]
Punta Francés, Isla de Juventud
This idyllic island is the second largest in Cuba, where Cuban vacationers snorkel and dive on coral reefs and shipwrecks in the National Marine Park. The island was once a pirate hideout, but now supports farms dedicated to breeding sea turtles and crocodiles. The Punta del Este Caves are the “Sistine Chapel” of prehistoric Taino petroglyphs.
Santiago de Cuba
Founded in 1515, Cuba’s cultural capital is filled with monuments of its colonial and revolutionary history, including UNESCO site San Pedro de la Roca Castle. The two-day stay gives visitors lots of time to visit the cathedrals and museums of the Moncada Barracks, the Velazquez House, the neighbouring community of El Cobre, and its Basilica de la Virgen de la Caridad del Cobre. It’s also the wellspring of all styles of Cuban music.
The five 2019 itineraries fall on the following dates:
- 12-days departing Miami on November 4
- 12-days departing Miami on November 16 and 28
- 11-days Miami to San Juan on December 10
- 14-days San Juan to Miami on December 21
Bookings for new Cuba itineraries with Seabourn Sojourn are open now.[xyz-ihs snippet=”bc-inarticle”]