Explore and tour Cuba by land and sea!

8-Day, Cuba Cruise aboard the 24-cabin ship S/C Panorama from Havana to Cienfuegos

June 2017: Revised USA Cuba Travel Rules
Bottom line is while independent travel to Cuba has been limited, our People-to-People group tours are still legal and operating! We hope we can help you explore and enjoy visiting Cuba. Departures often sell out, so please contact us early in your planning to help decide what type of tour may be best for you.

It has never been easier to go back in time to a place so rooted in culture and history. Now US Citizens and all may circumnavigate Cuba during 8 days aboard the 177 feet, S/C Panorama motorsailer yacht on a People-to-People program that allows you to step back in time to a country that has been closed to most United States residents for half a century. You'll explore the western part of the island nation famous for its culture, music, art and warm people.

Trip Highlights include:
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  • People-to-People interaction and meaningful exchanges with locals
  • Small-ship ambiance
  • Up close and personal cruising to unique ports
  • All outside cabins
  • 6 nights onboard ship and one night in hotel at Maria La Gorda on the Guanahacabibes Peninsula
  • All meals starting with lunch on Day 1 through breakfast on Day 8, both onboard and at local restaurants
  • A salsa lesson or two
  • Old Havana and the renovation of it’s historic architecture
  • Guanahacabibes National Park and Maria La Gorda
  • Isla Juventud, the second-largest Cuban island
  • Vinales Valley, a UNESCO World Heritage site in the Pinar del Rio Province
  • Trinidad, the meticulously well-preserved Spanish colonial city
  • Cienfuegos, the Pearl of the South, with it’s cluster of Neoclassical structures
  • Transportation as per itinerary including airport transfers
  • Mandatory Cuban medical insurance
  • Cuban visa acquired
  • Round-trip airfare from Miami to Cuba arranged

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8-Day, Cuba Cruise on the S/C Panorama Dates & Rates
** Check with us for any remaining cabins in 2017 **
HAV-CIE, Dec 29, 2017 still has space.
And there is a special offer on the added CIE-HAV cruise departing Jan 5, 2018 with a $500 per person discount in a double cabin or no single supplement fee!
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Notes:
1. Flights from Miami-Cuba-Miami of $499 per person not included - to be added to cruise cost.
2. Port taxes of $430 per person (for the Callisto) not included - to be added to cruise cost.
3. Cuban Visa application fee of $75 per person not included - to be added to cruise cost.
4. Reservations require a 25% per person deposit and final payment is due 60 days prior to departure.
5. Cancelation Terms: If your cancellation request is received more than 120 days prior to your initial sailing date, a $500 non-refundable administrative fee will be charged per booking. Cancellation requests received within: 120 – 91 days prior to the initial sailing date, 50% of the total cruise fare per person; 90–0 days prior to the initial sailing date or nonappearance at the time of sailing, 100% of the total cruise fare per person.
6. Due to flight times, we offer pre and post hotel accommodations at Sofitel Miami Airport hotel at an additional cost. Estimate $140 per person in double room.
7. Operated under the Department of the Treasury, Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) authorized People to People programs to Cuba, Group IST License (#CT-2014-309395-1).

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Havana to Cienfuegos, 8-day Panorama Cuba Cruise


Day 1 - Friday, Miami to Havana

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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 Panorama, followed by a boat drill and welcome briefing. Dinner onboard and overnight in Sierra Maestra Port- Old Havana.

Day 2 - Saturday, Havana

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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.


Day 3 - Sunday, Havana

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Depart early in the morning by bus for the Vinales Valley, a UNESCO World Heritage site in the Pinar del Rio Province of Cuba. Encircled by mountains, its landscape is interspersed with dramatic rocky outcrops. Traditional techniques are still in use for agricultural production, particularly of tobacco. Visit a tobacco plantation where you will learn about the production of those world famous Cuban cigars. After lunch at an organic restaurant, we'll visit an organic farm to hear about how the climate and fertile soil have contributed to the success of organic farming in the r
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egion. Depart the Vinales and drive to Maria La Gorda. Check in to the seaside Hotel Maria La Gorda (or similar) for dinner and the overnight.

Day 4 - Monday, Maria La Gorda


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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 to meet with the naturalists and locals, followed by free time for swimming, snorkeling and a BBQ lunch in Maria La Gorda before embarking the Panorama. Dinner and overnight onboard as we sail to the Island of Youth - Isla de la Juventud.

Day 5 - Tuesday, Isla Juventud


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Isla de la Juventud is the second-largest Cuban island and the seventh-largest island in the West Indies. 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.

Day 6 - Wednesday, Trinidad

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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." Lunch will be served onboard before disembarkation in the afternoon. We will walk through the 500 year old colonial city and visit a scale model of the city. 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. Enjoy dinner in a local restaurant before returning to the Panorama for an overnight sailing to Cienfuegos.

Day 7 - Thursday, Cienfuegos


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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 at a local restaurant. A special treat will be a concert by the singers of the Chorus of Cienfuegos, or string quartet. Overnight in port.
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Day 8 - Friday, Cienfuegos to Miami

Disembark and transfer to the airport for short return flight to Miami International Airport.

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.


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Cienfuegos to Havana, 8-day Panorama Cuba Cruise


Day 1 - Friday, Miami to Cienguegos

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Depart from Miami International Airport for a short flight. Arrival, meeting and assistance and board our bus for panoramic tour of Cienfuegos. Arrive in Cienfuegos, also known as the Pearl of the South, where you will be met and assisted by a member of our team. Founded by French settlers, Cienfuegos boasts a unique architecture and was declared a UNESCO World Heritage site. Visit the graphic arts workshop and attend a local musical performance. 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. We make our way to the pier for embarkation on the Panorama, followed by a boat drill and welcome briefing. Overnight sailing to Trinidad.

Day 2 - Saturday, Trinidad

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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 paladar. 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. Return to the Panorama for dinner onboard and overnight at sea.

Day 3 - Sunday, Day at Sea / Isla de la Juventud


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Today we will spend the majority of the day at sea, with a late afternoon arrival in Bay of Singuanea, where we will spend the night.

Day 4 - Monday, Isla Juventud

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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 local restaurant 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 for an overnight sailing to Maria La Gorda.

Day 5 - Tuesday, Maria La Gorda


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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 to meet with the naturalists and locals, followed by free time for swimming, snorkeling and a BBQ lunch on the beach. Check into the seaside Hotel Maria La Gorda (or similar) for the overnight.

Day 6 - Wednesday, Havana

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Depart early in the morning by bus for the Vinales Valley, a UNESCO World Heritage site in the Pinar del Rio Province of Cuba. Encircled by mountains, its landscape is interspersed with dramatic rocky outcrops. Traditional techniques are still in use for agricultural production, particularly of tobacco. Visit a tobacco plantation where you will learn about the production of those world famous Cuban cigars. After lunch at an organic restaurant, we depart for our 3 hour transfer to the Hotel Nacional de Cuba for an engrossing lecture with well-known architect Pedro Vasquez. Return to the Panorama for dinner, followed by a trip to the Café Taberna to experience the wonderful salsa music of the Buena Vista Social Club style performance. Overnight in port.

Day 7 - Thursday, Havana

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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. Return to the ship for farewell dinner and overnight in Sierra Maestra Port - Old Havana.
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Day 8 - Friday, Havana to Miami


Disembarkation and transfer to the airport for short return flight to Miami International airport.
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.

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Flight times (based on current schedules - subject to change )
Note: Please coordinate Miami flight connection’s dates and time before purchase unless overnighting in Miami before and after.

MIAMI / HAVANA, Fridays
Check-in no later than 7am / Depart 10am / Arrive Havana 11am

MIAMI / CIENFUEGOS, Fridays
Check-in no later than 9am / Depart 12noon / Arrive Cienfuegos 1pm

HAVANA / MIAMI, Fridays
Depart 12 Noon / Arrive Miami 1pm

CIENFUEGOS / MIAMI, Fridays
Depart 2pm / Arrive Miami 3pm

Note: Flight check-in at Miami is very early. We offer pre and post hotel accommodations at Sofitel Miami airport hotel at an additional cost.
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S/C Panorama I Ship Specifications & Deck Plan

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Launched: 1993
Rebuilt: 2008 and remodeling in 2014
Length: 54.00 meters
Breadth: 12.00 meters
Draft: 5.00 meters
Crew: 16 - 18 persons
Cruising speed: 11.00 knots
Cabins: 25
Cabins sizes range from (118-260sq. ft.)

The Panorama is a 3 masted motor sailer to cruiser which can accommodate up to 49 passengers in 24 cabins. The Panorama was launched in 1993 and was rebuilt in 2001. The public areas and cabins were renovated in 2015.This state of the art sail cruiser has performed several Atlantic Ocean crossings, from the Seychelles to Monte Carlo and from the Black Sea to Cuba. It offers the highest standard of accommodation, comfort and safety. During the day, life on board centers around the outdoor areas including the 2 bars and the sun deck. In the evening you can relax in one of the ship’s two lounges or the library, and enjoy a drink while listening to music. The swimming platform on PANORAMA’s stern enables you to swim when weather and anchorage conditions permit.

THE CABINS

The PANORAMA’s cabins are located on 3 decks and are finished with wooden furniture and light fabrics. Cabins on the Upper and main decks are equipped with windows while cabins on the lower deck have portholes. The fully equipped bathrooms are finished with marble. All cabins are air-conditioned and fitted with TV, telephone (for internal use), hair- dryers, mini-fridge, central music, public address system and safe boxes, and have an average size of 12 m2.

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The Category A cabins are located on the Upper Deck or on the Main Deck and have large windows enabling a breathtaking view or the areas you are cruising in. The cabins are air-conditioned and fitted with TV, telephone, hairdryers, mini-fridge, central music, and public address system and safe boxes. The fully equipped bathrooms are finished with marble.

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The Category B cabins are located on the Lower Deck and have portholes. The cabins are air-conditioned and fitted with TV, telephone, hairdryers, mini-fridge, central music, and public address system and safe boxes. The fully equipped bathrooms are finished with marble.

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The Category C cabins are located on the Lower Deck and have portholes. The cabins are air-conditioned and fitted with TV, telephone, hairdryers, mini-fridge, central music, and public address system and safe boxes. The fully equipped bathrooms are finished with marble.

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The lounge is situated on the main deck and has a library where you can enjoy a book and look through the floor to roof windows.

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During the day life on board centers around the outdoor areas, the sun deck and the shaded exterior deck on the aft of the Panorama.

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The classy spacious indoor and outdoor bar lounge area is located on the Upper Deck and is surrounded by large windows providing beautiful views and is ideal to relax in the evening.

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The spacious dining room is surrounded by large windows providing beautiful views and accommodates all guests in one seating.


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CUBA

Cuba is the largest island in the Antilles and the Caribbean. It is an ontrincate archipelago comprising the main island (about two-thirds the size of Florida), the Isle of Youth, and about 4,195 key (cayos) and islets.

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One of the Caribbean’s most enchanting sailing areas, Cuba has it all—natural marvels, gorgeous weather and historical charm. The first known sailor to drop anchor off this green-and-blue isle was Christopher Columbus, who in 1492 declared it “the most beautiful land human eyes have seen”. Ernest Hemingway spent three decades tooting around the Cuban keys in his fishing boat, the Pilar, then immortalized them in his novels, The Old Man and the Sea and Islands in the Stream. And Fidel Castro sailed the Cuban seas in his cabin cruiser, the Granma.

Much treasure lies beneath the unpolluted waters of the Cuban archipelago, which offers through-water visibility of 30 to 40 metres. Home to more than 500 varieties of fish, crustaceans, sponges, mollusks and coral, Cuba’s ecosystem is one of the most treasured in the Caribbean. And the wrecks of several 17th- and 18th-century Spanish galleons carrying valuable cargo provide treasure-hunting of a different sort.

Cuba has well preserved ecosystems, variegated landscapes and a vast array of flora and fauna make Cuba an exceptional Caribbean destination for nature lovers. Four per cent of the world’s land species live on the Cuban archipelago. It is home to some 6,700 species of higher plants (about half of which are native) as well as 14,000 species of invertebrates and 650 vertebrates—including 350 bird species. Among Cuba’s countless gems are the world’s smallest frog (Eleutherodactylus limbatus, only 12 millimeters long) and tiniest bird (Mellisuga helenae—the bee hummingbird, some 63 millimeters long).

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There is magic in Cuban cities. The architectural diversity covers over five centuries of construction styles with buildings that go from colonial, pre baroque to the post modern and modern movement. Some exhibit an almost perfect layout, while others show mysterious labyrinths. Many of Cuba’s cities are almost museum-like and include World Heritage Sites.

From the ocean, enormous fortresses welcome a visitor; and once walking the streets a traveler can see the vitality, in addition to the usual noise, its cobble stone avenues, its columns, balconies, arches and its different constructions. All of these areas have become a space for a photo or simply a stop in front of such well conserved beauty. It is a trip back in time where each stone and construction has much to say, many secrets to unveil.

Cuba is surprising as its locations. Walking them is to coexist in time and space with the admirable past that is distinguished in the architecture and its memory, living closely as an artistic element in its facilities. Enjoying its culture is to enter in the soul of a beautiful and changing island that unfolds in dances, music, arts, theater, literature, cinema and culinary arts.

Speaking of the culinary, Cuban food is a combination of African, Spanish, Chinese, Italian and indigenous or native ingredients and recipes. A true mix of cultures for the palate. The geographical features of the country favor the abundance of seafood, cattle and sheep or pig meat. Various fresh vegetables, legumes, tubers and fruits are also available. The national dish is rice, black beans, seasonal salad, roast or juice pork and fried plantains. Throughout the island there are also the "Paladares", or private restaurants and cafes assuring visitors unforgettable moments.

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CUBA FAQ

PASSPORT & VISA

Each traveler must be in possession of a valid, signed passport that will remain valid for at least six months beyond completion of the entire trip. At this time visas ARE required for US citizens traveling to Cuba.

Previous to arriving in Miami you will be sent an application (with instructions) that is MANDATORY for ALL travelers to fill out. Once all travelers have filled out the application you will send them back to us with copies of your passports, to which we will forward to the Cuban ground operator to be processed. When you have sent back your completed visa application, your visa will be shipped to you.

Participants holding all other passports should check with the consulate for regulations and instructions.

HEALTH REGULATIONS

No vaccinations are required for entry into Cuba or return to the USA.

WEATHER

The Cuban climate is mild subtropical. Thanks to its proximity to the Tropic of Cancer and its narrow configuration, Cuba receives a refreshing action of trade winds and marine breezes. Average Fahrenheit temperatures are as follows:

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PACKING & CLOTHING

GENERAL SUGGESTIONS
Please travel as lightly as possible so as not to restrict space in your cabin. Soft bags are more practical than hard suitcases. Sports or casual clothes are more useful. Plenty of swimwear is required and a pullover or cardigan is recommended for cool evenings. Comfortable walking shoes are suggested when ashore. It is not necessary to bring such items as cutlery, cups, plates, glasses, etc., as vessels are fully equipped.

Be sure not to pack sharp items in your hand luggage. Pack things such as scissors, nail clippers, pocketknives or knitting needles in your checked luggage.

Always carry your travel documents, medication, jewelry, traveler's checks, keys and other valuables in your hand luggage. Items such as these should
NEVER be packed in luggage that you plan to check.

Bring all personal-care items with you. Many products can be bought, but purchasing them can be inconvenient. We suggest you carry toilet tissues with you on excursions.

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CLOTHING
Dress onboard is very casual, however the “usual practice” for men is to wear long pants to meetings, exchanges and nicer restaurants. Ladies may want to bring a dress or pantsuit for the Farewell Dinner, and men may bring a sports jacket and tie for this evening.

Special Note
: Monasteries and churches do not admit people in shorts or bathing suits, shirtless men, or even women wearing sleeveless blouses. For women rules may even be stricter, a skirt or dress is a must, as you may not be allowed to visit some of the monasteries and religious sites in shorts or pants. These rules are not always followed to the letter. Bathing suits are prohibited from being worn on all archaeological sites.

VALUABLES

Jewelry, money, documents etc., should be deposited in the mini-safe in your cabin. The company and its personnel bear no responsibility for valuables kept by passengers.

HEALTH REQUIREMENTS
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For safety reasons it is requested that physical disabilities of any kind be advised at time of reservation. It is understood that passengers requiring special attention or treatment will be traveling with their personal escorts. The company retains the right to refuse embarkation to any pregnant woman beyond the 6th month of pregnancy.

LAUNDRY

There is laundry service available on board the vessel. A price list is available onboard. Dry cleaning is not available.

AMENITIES

Hairdryer and a bathroom amenities kit are provided in your stateroom’s bathroom. The ship has a small library, board games and playing cards for your amusement.

CURRENCY

The currency in Cuba is Cuban Pesos. It is possible to convert dollars to Cuban Convertible Pesos (CUCs) at the airport. There is a kiosk before leaving the baggage area where money can be converted. The tour leader will assist in this as well. If you do not convert then, there are many places to convert money - for example, hotels, and the local Cuban guide will assist in this.

Credit cards are accepted on board (American Express, Visa & MasterCard) cruise including gratuities to the crew. With regard to the use of Credit or Debit cards in Cuba the following applies: No card issued by a bank that has any connection with the United States will be accepted in Cuba, although MasterCard now say said it will lift a block on U.S. bank-card transactions in Cuba after March 1st 2015:

Under the
new (Jan 16, 2015) regulations, American travelers to Cuba will be able to use an American credit card. However, it is not clear how long it will take for banks to begin offering the service. There are few ATMs in Cuba, and many establishments do not have the means to process credit card payments, so cash will be king for some time to come. You may also take pounds and euros, which get a better exchange rate in Cuba than the United States dollar.

LANGUAGE

On board, our crews speak English! The primary language in Cuba is Spanish and your tour guide is fluent in both Spanish and English.

ELECTRICITY
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The power supply on the Panorama is 220 volts AC, single phase, 50 cycles. Sockets are 2 pronged and round. If you wish to use appliances brought from home, you will need to carry an adapter for the plug and a voltage converter. Some adapters are onboard the ship if needed.

COMPUTERS & WIFI

There is WIFI and prices are posted onboard. Note however the speed is limited and also isn’t always available when in open sea.

TIME ZONE

Cuba is on Eastern Standard Time. When it is noon in New York and Miami, it is also noon in Havana, Cuba.

MEALS

There is an American breakfast buffet daily on board the ship. In addition, one additional meal is served aboard the vessel, either lunch or dinner, depending on the day’s program. Some of the lunches/dinners are served buffet style, while others are a set menu. Passengers may eat their second meal in local taverns or restaurants. Every attempt to meet special dietary requirements will be made provided that such a request is put in writing at least four weeks prior to sailing.

The vessel has a bar for your convenience and is fully stocked with soda, juice, beer, wine, liquor and champagne. A price list is available on board.

SAILING
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The Panorama is a motor sailer. In most cases we dock at port, though sometimes we transfer to an island via tenders. The itinerary is subject to change as a result of weather conditions. Swim stops also depend on weather. The ship is not allowed to sail when winds exceed six beaufort.

CRUISE COORDINATOR

There is a cruise coordinator on board the Panorama. They will inform you of the daily program, including itineraries, meal schedules and possible optional shore excursions.

GRATUITY/TIPPING GUIDELINES

Tipping is completely discretionary, however, a range of reference would be a total of $90-120 per trip member for the Cruise Manager. The Cruise Manager will distribute the tip among cabin attendants, waiters, and other boat staff. Tips and drinks onboard can be paid by credit card.

For the Tour Manager who handles all logistics and programming on and off the boat, we recommend $50 per person and $50 per person for the local tour guide. The local guide is the only person who can be tipped in Convertible Cuban pesos (local Cuban money). Tipping to the Cruise and Tour Managers is accepted in U.S. dollars (or Euros) only. The amount is at your discretion and you can ask the Tour Manager on board for advice.

OTHER QUESTIONS
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1. Given the spending restrictions, how much money do you recommend bringing?
We suggest about $100 a day just in case, but of course, everyone is different. If you plan to purchase a lot of art, for example, the amount will be different. If not, you will mostly likely not spend that amount as many of the meals in the program are included.

2. I have heard that "licensed U.S. travelers" are allowed to bring back from Cuba $400 of merchandise of which $100 can be tobacco/alcohol. Does this apply to us?
Under the new (Jan 16, 2015) regulations, American travelers to Cuba may now bring back up to $400 worth of souvenirs, including $100 worth of cigars.

3. What is the luggage restrictions?
For your checked baggage, we recommend one bag with maximum of 50 lbs. Your carry bag should not be larger than 9”x14’x22”.



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