Discover Cuba

8 days / 7 nights
    New
    Discover Cuba

    Cruise Latin America, Caribbean

    from 3 March 2018 to 10 March 2018
    8 days / 7 nights

    Departure Port : Havana
    Arrival Port : Santiago de Cuba

    Ship : LE PONANT

    • Ref : P030318

    Immerse yourself in the Cuban experience thanks to this all new itinerary by PONANT. This 8-day cruise aboard our elegant three-master will be your opportunity to discover the richness of the Cuban culture and the unique atmosphere of this country in the heart of the Caribbean

    You’ll set sail aboard Le Ponant and first discover Havana, the vibrant capital. Listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Old Havana is brimming with buildings of great architectural value and narrow streets down which to wander. The seafront is also ideal for a stroll, along the Malecón, a favourite gathering place for Cubans.

    Your yacht will then set sail for the stunning Cienfuegos Bay. This elegant city was established in the early 19th century and its first settlers were French. Its beautiful architecture blends modern, neoclassical, and influences from the Spanish Age of Enlightenment.

    From Casilda, visit Trinidad and Valle de Los Ingenios, whose very beautiful buildings reflect the former glory days of the sugar industry and are listed as UNESCO World Heritage.

    End your trip with the discovery of the beautiful colonial houses in Santiago de Cuba, your disembarkation port.

    Highlights

    • UNESCO sites: Old Havana and its fortification system, the urban historic centre of Cienfuegos, Trinidad and Valle de Los Ingenios (from Casilda).
    • A culturally rich cruise to discover some of Cuba’s most historic sites.
    • Discovering a rich variety of urban architecture, including colonial buildings, baroque and neoclassical monuments, and former sugar mills.
    • Visiting the capital, Havana, an exuberant and lively melting pot.
    • The inimitable Cuban atmosphere, with old cars, music, nightlife, Caribbean culture and walks along the seafront.

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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

      3 March 2018 – Havana

      Havana

      Embarkation 03/03/2018 from 16H00 to 17H00 . Departure 03/03/2018 at 00H00 .

      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.

      4 March 2018 – Havana

      4 March 2018 – Havana

      Arrival 04/03/2018. Departure 04/03/2018 midday.

      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.

      5 March 2018 – At sea aboard Le Ponant

      5 March 2018 – At sea aboard Le Ponant

      Arrival 05/03/2018. Departure 05/03/2018.

      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.

      6 March 2018 – Cienfuegos

      6 March 2018 – Cienfuegos

      Arrival 06/03/2018 midday. Departure 06/03/2018 late evening.

      7 March 2018 – Casilda

      7 March 2018 – Casilda

      Arrival 07/03/2018 early morning. Departure 07/03/2018.

      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.

      8 March 2018 – Casilda

      8 March 2018 – Casilda

      Arrival 08/03/2018. Departure 08/03/2018 early morning.

      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.

      8 March 2018 – At sea aboard Le Ponant

      8 March 2018 – At sea aboard Le Ponant

      Arrival 08/03/2018. Departure 08/03/2018.

      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.

      9 March 2018 – Santiago de Cuba

      9 March 2018 – Santiago de Cuba

      Arrival 09/03/2018 midday. Departure 09/03/2018.

      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.

      10 March 2018▸9 March 2018 – Santiago de Cuba

      Santiago de Cuba

      Disembarkation 10/03/2018 at 07H00 .

      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.

      • Cuba: A Cuba Tourist card is mandatory for this cruise, it will be sent with your cruise documents and charged onboard (25€ subject to change).

        Proof of medical insurance is required. Different formalities apply for passengers who were born in Cuba, even if they are of different citizenship now.

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