Cuba: History, Culture & Contemporary Life, People-to-People Cultural Experience

8 days / 7 nights
    Cuba: History, Culture & Contemporary Life, People-to-People Cultural Experience

    Cruise Latin America, Caribbean

    from 18 March 2018 to 25 March 2018
    8 days / 7 nights

    Departure Port : Havana
    Arrival Port : Santiago de Cuba

    Ship : LE PONANT

    • Ref : P180318

    Explore the finest cities and most historic regions of Cuba—many located far from Havana—unpacking just once, and enjoying the safety and comfort of the elegant 64-guest yacht Le Ponant, sailing from port to port without worrying about the condition of roads or the quality of local accommodations. Be among the first Americans to experience Cuba by sea and to discover it in all its richness—its complex history, vibrant culture, natural landscapes, and dynamic arts scene—by traveling widely and meeting and exchanging ideas with people from all corners of the island. Everywhere we go, we explore beneath the surface to discover how Cubans actually live and work. For example, in Trinidad, the crown jewel of Cuba’s colonial cities and a UNESCO World Heritage site, we tour its famed architecture with the city historian, but we also share a meal with the entrepreneurial owner of a bed and breakfast, talk with practitioners of Santeria, and visit local artisans in their studios.

    Highlights

    • Punta Frances, one of the most remote beaches in Cuba
    • Tour colonial Trinidad, a UNESCO World Heritage site
    • The eclectic architecture of Santiago de Cuba
    • SPECIAL NOTE: This voyage is offered as a people-to-people program in Cuba authorized by the U.S. government pursuant to the code of Federal Regulations (31 C.F.R. §565(b)(2)

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      LE PONANT

      Mythical destinations and secret ports of call only accessible to small capacity yachts. Ponant’s signature are Frenchstyle cuisine in a welcoming and intimate environment, discreet yet attentive service where no attention to detail is spared, unforgettable moments of relaxation aboard elegant French flag yachts of character. A sophisticated yet friendly atmosphere, in which, emotions, discovery and the quest for authenticity all take priority. Experience cruising in a different way and discover the magic of « Yacht Cruising ».

      Given her size, shallow draft and a design that is very open to the sea (large sundeck, outdoor restaurant, easy access to the sea for swimming from her marina), Le Ponant, PONANT’s symbolic flagship gives passengers the feeling they are on a private yacht. The 32 staterooms all have a port hole and are tastefully decorated in a harmony of blues and whites. Two comfortable lounges and two restaurants complete the intimate spaces on this beautiful yacht.

       

       

      Port of call & excursions

      18 March 2018 – At sea aboard Le Ponant

      Havana

      Embarkation 18/03/2018 from 16H00 to 17H00 . Departure 18/03/2018 at 18H00 .

      Havana, the center of Cuban government and culture, is one of the most architecturally alluring cities in the Western Hemisphere.  Old Havana, a UNESCO World Hertige Site, was founded in 1510 as the "Key to the New World." It is now in process of being restored and reclaiming its legacy.

      19 March 2018 – At sea aboard Le Ponant

      19 March 2018 – At sea aboard Le Ponant

      Arrival 19/03/2018 . Departure 19/03/2018 .

      During your day at sea on board Le Ponant, make the most of your free time and the comfort of your ship for a moment of rest or conviviality. If the weather is right, let yourself be tempted by a spot of sunbathing. This day without a port of call will also be an opportunity to do some shopping in the boutique and share the highlights of your cruise with the other passengers. As for lovers of the open sea, they will be able to visit the ship’s upper deck to admire the spectacle of the waves and perhaps be lucky enough to observer marine species. A truly enchanted interlude, combining relaxation, sharing and the pleasure of sailing on a yacht.

      20 March 2018 – Punta Frances, Isla de la Juventud

      20 March 2018 – Punta Frances, Isla de la Juventud

      Arrival 20/03/2018 at 07H00 . Departure 20/03/2018 at 14H00 .

      Punta Frances beach is part of Parque Nacional Marino de Punta Frances Punta Pederales, a marine conservation area established in 1978.

      21 March 2018 – Cienfuegos

      21 March 2018 – Cienfuegos

      Arrival 21/03/2018 at 13H00 . Departure 21/03/2018 at 23H00 .

      22 March 2018 – Casilda

      22 March 2018 – Casilda

      Arrival 22/03/2018 at 08H00 . Departure 22/03/2018 at 18H00 .

      Trinidad is the crown jewel of Cuba’s colonial towns. Founded in 1514, it is now a UNESCO World Heritage site. Its cobblestoned streets are lined with neoclassical and baroque homes and buildings embellished with wrought-iron grillwork.

      23 March 2018 – At sea aboard Le Ponant

      23 March 2018 – At sea aboard Le Ponant

      Arrival 23/03/2018 . Departure 23/03/2018 .

      During your day at sea on board Le Ponant, make the most of your free time and the comfort of your ship for a moment of rest or conviviality. If the weather is right, let yourself be tempted by a spot of sunbathing. This day without a port of call will also be an opportunity to do some shopping in the boutique and share the highlights of your cruise with the other passengers. As for lovers of the open sea, they will be able to visit the ship’s upper deck to admire the spectacle of the waves and perhaps be lucky enough to observer marine species. A truly enchanted interlude, combining relaxation, sharing and the pleasure of sailing on a yacht.

      24 March 2018 – Santiago de Cuba

      24 March 2018 – Santiago de Cuba

      Arrival 24/03/2018 at 12H00 . Departure 24/03/2018 .

      Set at the head of a spacious bay that is surrounded by mountains, Santiago, Cuba’s second largest city, is one of the island’s oldest cities, founded in 1515. The city is known for its eclectic architectural styles that range from Colonial to Art Nouveau, as well as for its flourishing artistic and cultural scene.

      25 March 2018▸24 March 2018 – Santiago de Cuba

      Santiago de Cuba

      Disembarkation 25/03/2018 at 00H00 .

      Set at the head of a spacious bay that is surrounded by mountains, Santiago, Cuba’s second largest city, is one of the island’s oldest cities, founded in 1515. The city is known for its eclectic architectural styles that range from Colonial to Art Nouveau, as well as for its flourishing artistic and cultural scene.

      Formalities

      • The information below is current but subject to change at any time without advance notice from government authorities. Please consult your respective government agencies for visa and health information.

      • Passport valid for at least six (6) months beyond the completion of your trip. Passport must contain at least two completely clear, blank, unused visa pages for each visa required, not including any amendment pages. Visa pages with stains or ink from other pages in the passport are not usable. Guests who deviate from the scheduled embarkation or disembarkation port should research the foreign entry requirements for the port country. Due to government regulations, regrettably, Ponant will have to deny boarding to any guest who fails to obtain the appropriate travel documentation for this trip.

      • Warning about the use of drones: the use of drones aboard PONANT ships, whether they are sailing at sea, at a port of call or anchored, is strictly forbidden. The use of drones on land in the Arctic and Antarctic regions is also strictly forbidden by international polar regulations. In other regions, it may be possible to use drones on land if permission has been obtained from the relevant authorities of each country and each region travelled through, as well as a pilot’s licence that should be obtained from your home country. Passengers are responsible for obtaining these permits; they should be able to present them at all times. Passengers who do not obtain these authorisations expose themselves to the risk of legal proceedings.

      • A visa, which PONANT will obtain for participants, is required for U.S. citizens traveling to Cuba. You must also have a passport valid for at least six months after entry into Cuba. Participants must also complete and sign a People-to-People Application Form and a Certificate of Travel to Cuba (both of these forms will be supplied to registrants). There are no innouclations required for travel to and from Cuba, but participants are urged to consult the recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control: http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/traveler/none/cuba?s_cid=ncezid-dgmq-travel-single-001

      • Cuba : participants must complete and sign a People-to-People Application Form and a Certificate of Travel to Cuba (both of these forms will be supplied) and return them to PONANT together with a copy of your passport no later than 45 days prior to travel. Those documents are necessary in order to obtain the Cuban visa/tourist card, which you will receive prior to your flight to Havana. Cuba requires all visitors to have medical insurance, this insurance is included as part of the air ticket.

      • USA: your flights are transiting via the US, a visa may be required. Please contact USA consulate website for details.

      All-inclusive program

      All-inclusive program

      18 March 2018 HAVANA

      Embarkation from 16h00 to 17h00. Travelers will attend a briefing, including the program schedule and reaffirmation of the obligatory requirement of participation in all activities. 

       

      19 March 2018 AT SEA

      Today attend lectures and enjoy the amenities of Le Ponant as we sail toward Punta Frances.

       

      20 March 2018 PUNTA FRANCES

      Today we visit one of the most remote and beautiful beaches on Cuba, where we take advantage of the excellent swimming and snorkeling.  The beach is part of Parque Nacional Marino de Punta Frances Punta Pederales, a marine conservation area established in 1978.  We will have an opportunity to meet and talk with Cubans concerned with preserving the natural environment and fragile ecosystem of the island.

       

      21 March 2018 CIENFUEGOS

      Guests will have a choice between an excursion to Bay of Pigs and Korimacao or staying in Cienfuegos, a UNESCO World Heritage site, to learn about architectural conservation, visit the Palacio de Valle, and meet with local folk artists. If choosing the first option, drive to Bahia de Cochinos (Bay of Pigs) and Playa Giron. The Bay of Pigs was the site of the ill-fated Bay of Pigs invasion, where in 1961, 1,300 armed Cuban exiles were thwarted in their attempt to overthrow Fidel Castro. We will also spend time at the Korimacao Community Arts and Cultural Project, which provides free art, music, theater, dance, and poetry to young artists. If choosing the second option, guests will view the Cienfuegos city center, considered to be the best example of 19th century urban-planning in Spanish America. Learn how the buildings have been conserved for current use. Visit the Palacio de Valle, an architectural jewel reminiscent of Spanish-Moorish art. Meet with local folk artists to learn about their art. 

       

      22 March 2018 TRINIDAD

      Trinidad is the crown jewel of Cuba’s colonial towns. Founded in 1514, it is now a UNESCO World Heritage site. Its cobblestoned streets are lined with neoclassical and baroque homes and buildings embellished with wrought-iron grillwork. A walking tour will be led by Office of the City Historian representatives, with resident interactions along the way. Highlights include the Plaza Mayor; Museo Romantico’s wonderful collection of antiques; the Architecture Museum; the church of the Convent of San Francisco; and Plaza Santa Ana. Meet with an owner of a free-enterprise “casa particular” (Cuban bed and breakfast) and learn about this relatively new form of independent business in Cuba. We will also learn about the owner’s family history as it is tied to the home he has transformed into a casa particular. Trinidad is steeped in religiosity, including Santeria and other Afro-Cuban religions. We will explore these belief systems with practitioners. Continue to the Santander Family Ceramics Workshop/Studio to meet with local artisans.

       

      23 March 2018 AT SEA

      Today attend lectures and enjoy the amenities of Le Ponant as we sail toward Santiago de Cuba.

       

      24 March 2018 SANTIAGO DE CUBA

      Set at the head of a spacious bay that is surrounded by mountains, Santiago, Cuba’s second largest city, is one of the island’s oldest cities, founded in 1515. The city is known for its eclectic architectural styles that range from Colonial to Art Nouveau, as well as for its flourishing artistic and cultural scene. Visit the Ateneo de Santiago, an important organization of artists. Meet with the organization’s members, each representing different professions within the arts, and discuss Santiago’s contemporary arts scene. Our exploration, in the company of local cultural leaders, continues at Parque Cespesdes, a charming square where in the 18th-century town hall Fidel Castro delivered his victory speech in 1959. Le Ponant docks overnight.

       

      25 March 2018 SANTIAGO DE CUBA  

      Disembark by 9h00. Transfer to the airport in Holguin.

      Pre/Post & Overlands

      1. Before your cruise

        Discover Havana (2 nights)
        16/03/2018

        995.00 $
        Per person, based on double occupancy

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