Explore and tour Cuba by land and sea!
8-Day, CUBA CRUISE aboard the 24-cabin sailboat PANORAMA
Explore Cuba during 8 days aboard the 173 feet, Panorama motorsailer yacht. With only 24 cabins, you will avoid the crowds of the large cruise ships!
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 cruise Cuba aboard the luxury motor-sailboat, the PANORAMA 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.
Two remaining sailings in 2019:
November 2: Cienfuegos to Havana
November 9: Havana to Cienfuegos
Experience a harmonious balance between conventional cruising and private yachting, along with an exciting voyage of discovery, unravelling the wonders of the Cuba that await to be discovered. Each day you will discover a new port of call, a hidden cove with crystal blue waters to cool you and rich cultural diversity to intrigue you. The colonial cities of Cienfuegos and Trinidad, the verdant landscapes of Vinales / Pinar del Rio and the crystal clear seas around Cuba.
Trip Highlights include:
- People-to-People interaction and meaningful exchanges with locals
- Small-ship ambiance
- Up close and personal cruising to unique ports
- All outside cabins
- All meals starting with lunch on Day 1 through breakfast on Day 8, both onboard and at local restaurants
- Old Havana and the renovation of it’s historic architecture
- Trinidad, the meticulously well-preserved Spanish colonial city
- Cienfuegos, the Pearl of the South, with it’s cluster of Neoclassical structures
- Guanahacabibes National Park
- No packing & unpacking to change hotels
- All meals from embarkation in Cuba to breakfast on day of departure
- Transportation as per itinerary including airport transfers
- Mandatory Cuban medical insurance
- Cuban visa acquired
- Round-trip airfare from Miami to Cuba arranged
8-Day, PanoramaPanoram Cruise, Dates & Rates
November 2, 2019: Cienfuegos to Havana
November 9, 2019: Havana to Cienfuegos
* Add 50% for a Single Cabin
* Contact us for current discounts
1. Flights from Miami-Cuba-Miami not included, including airport transfers in Cuba estimate $500 per person - to be added to cruise price.
2. Port taxes of $440 per person not included - to be added to cruise cost.
3. Cuban Visa application fee of $100 per person not included - to be added to cruise cost.
4. Reservations require a 25% per person deposit and final payment is due 90 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, you may want pre and post hotel accommodations at Miami.
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).
On the ship
• Accommodation in double or twin cabins with private SH/WC & air conditioning
• Full-board: American buffet breakfast and two meals daily, including a Welcome Cocktail, and Captain’s Dinner
• Regular (filter) coffee, tea and purified water free all day
• Services of our Cruise Coordinator on and off the ship
• All excursions and meals off the ship as per program with local Guides
• All transfers in Cuba and airport transfer from hotel to airport if applicable
The cruise fares do not include:
• Visa cost - Received at the airport at time of check in.
• Departure tax (some airlines include it in their tickets fares)
• Cost of flight – Varies with the season
• Certain tips for restaurant waiting staff and drivers
• Beverages (except those mentioned above)
• Crew tips and Tour Director crew tips
• Passenger personal expenses
November 2, 2019: Cienfuegos to Havana, 8-day Voyager Cuba Cruise
Day 1: Saturday | Havana - Cienfuegos
Overland transfer by bus from Havana to Cienfuegos (included in the cruise fares). Meeting at 10 am at the Melia Cohiba Havana for your 4 and a ½ hour bus transfer to Cienfuegos with fellow passengers where you will embark your ship. After checking in you will have the opportunity to take a 3 hour Optional Cienfuegos city tour, the only city in Cuba founded by French settlers. It is also known as the Pearl of the South. In 2005 it was declared a UNESCO World Heritage site. Our walking tour will take us to a graphic arts workshop and to Parque Marti in the centre to see some outstanding examples of its architecture representing the new ideas of modernity and urban planning as developed in Latin America from the 19th Century. Dinner on board and overnight at sea to Casilda for Trinidad.
Day 2: Sunday | Trinidad
This morning we disembark in port for an Optional Trinidad excursion. Trinidad is a meticulously preserved Spanish colonial city, with its rich architecture, cobblestone streets, palaces and plazas. It is sometimes referred to as the ‘Museum City of Cuba.” This morning we will walk through the town with a representative of the Office of the City Historian interacting with residents along the way. We will attend a local architect’s presentation and visit a scale model of the city. Stop at the Romantic Museum located in the old palace of the Count Brunet with samples of furniture and decorative arts. Visit the unique woodcarving studio of Lazaro. Dinner on board and overnight at sea to Isla de la Juventud- the Island of Youth.
Day 3: Monday | Day at Sea
Today we will spend the day at sea on our way from Casilda to Isla de la Juventud- the Island of Youth. Late afternoon arrival in Isla de la Juventud, Bay of Singuanea, where we will spend the night. Dinner on board and overnight at anchor.
Day 4: Tuesday | Juventud Island
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. Your Optional Juventud excursion starts. Disembark on the beach where you will board the bus for the short drive, enjoying panoramic sightseeing until you reach the Presidio Modelo, an abandoned panopticon prison where both Fidel and Raul Castro were imprisoned from 1953-1955. Enjoy lunch in an authentic local restaurant before visiting an art school and the maternity ward of a local hospital. 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.
Day 5: Wednesday | Maria La Gorda
After breakfast, we disembark in Maria La Gorda for an optional land tour to 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 archaeological sites linked to life of aboriginals known as Guanahatabeyes. Time-permitting, we will venture into the park to meet with the naturalists and locals. Free time for swimming, snorkeling and a BBQ lunch on the beach. Check into the Hotel Maria La Gorda or similar for overnight.
Day 6: Thursday | Vinales / Pinal del Rio - Havana
Depart early in the morning by bus for a land tour by bus included in your cruise fare to 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 an optional visit to the Café Taberna or similar to experience the wonderful salsa music of the Buena Vista Social Club style performance. Overnight in port.
Day 7: Friday | Havana
After breakfast, disembark for an optional 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.
Day 8: Saturday | Havana
Disembarkation after breakfast at 9 am.
November 9, 2019: Havana to Cienfuegos, 8-day Panorama Cuba Cruise
DAY 1, SATURDAY: MIAMI - HAVANA
DAY 2, SUNDAY: HAVANA
DAY 3, MONDAY: HAVANA - VINALES - MARIA LA GORDA
DAY 4, TUESDAY: MARIA LA GORDO
DAY 5, WEDNESDAY: ISLA JUVENTUD
DAY 6, THURSDAY: AT SEA / CASILDA
DAY 7, FRIDAY: CIENFUEGOS
DAY 8, SATURDAY: CIENFUEGOS - HAVANA
Note: These itineraries may be subject to change as a result of weather and other factors not in our control.
PANORAMA: Ship Specifications & Deck Plan
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 sizes range from (118-260sq. ft.)
The Panorama is a 3-masted motor-sailer 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 many 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 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.
LOWER DECK- 1 DOUBLE OR 2 LOWER BEDS
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.
LOWER DECK - 2 LOWER BEDS.
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 or corian.
UPPER DECK OR MAIN DECK - 2 LOWER BEDS OR 1 DOUBLE BED CABIN.
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 or corian.
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.
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.
Upper Deck Outdoor Bar & Lounge area
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.
The classy spacious dining room is located in the Main Deck and is surrounded by large windows providing beautiful views and accommodates all guests in one seating.
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 Cuba 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.
No vaccinations are required for entry into Cuba or return to the USA.
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:
PACKING & CLOTHING
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.
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.
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.
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.
There is laundry service available on board the vessel. A price list is available onboard. Dry cleaning is not available.
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.
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.
On board, our crews speak English! The primary language in Cuba is Spanish and your tour guide is fluent in both Spanish and English.
The power supply onboard 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.
Cuba is on Eastern Standard Time. When it is noon in New York and Miami, it is also noon in Havana, Cuba.
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.
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.
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.
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 additional $50 per person for the local tour guides. 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.
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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