Holland America: New Cuba Sailings, round trip from Ft. Lauderdale
Choose from 7-, 11- and 12-Day cruises, roundtrip out of Ft. Lauderdale, aboard the ms Veendam, from December 2017 – April 2018.
It’s been more than 30 years since a Holland America Line ship last sailed into Havana Harbor, but this winter, we’re returning to Cuba — and you are invited to join us!
Many cruises feature an extended stay in Havana, so you will have plenty of opportunities to interact with the locals through our wide selection of EXC™ Tours.
Cuba’s capital city offers the kinds of authentic cultural encounters your clients will love. They can stroll the grand plazas of Old Havana (a UNESCO World Heritage Site) and take in the city’s lively art scene. Enjoy traditional Cuban delicacies in a paladar, a family-run restaurant in a private home. And, thanks to our extended hours here, even attend a show at the Tropicana, iconic venue for some of Cuba’s greatest musicians.
CIENFUEGOS: “PEARL OF THE SOUTH”
Celebrated for its graceful Baroque and neo-classical monuments, sophistication and spectacular natural bay, Cienfuegos is Cuba’s Paris. Clients who love art and architecture will enjoy exploring the city’s graceful central zone, a UNESCO World Heritage site. For those who want to venture beyond, Cienfuegos is a convenient departure point for shore excursions to Trinidad, an island known for its cultural and biological diversity.
Our itineraries include a full day in Havana and, unlike other cruise lines, they conveniently dock downtown, so you’ll have ample time to explore. Not only is it possible to interact with the Cuban people, it’s required by local ordinance: all visitors to Cuba must be part of an organized tour connecting them to meaningful interaction with the Cuban people and their culture. Fortunately, that’s all very easy and comfortable to do through our EXC Tours™.
And what encounters you’ll have! Imagine touring Havana’s most famous dance academies, watching masters perform, then perfecting your own salsa technique in a class at El Salon Fiesta. Settling in for an evening of live jazz and traditional Cuban dining in a paladar, one of Havana’s home-based, family-run restaurants. Exploring La Terrazas, a UNESCO Biosphere, where Cuban doctors rely on indigenous flora and fauna to concoct alternative medicines. Or retracing the steps of Ernest Hemingway, including his favorite cafes, water holes and the setting that inspired The Old Man and the Sea.
When you return to your ship at the end of each memorable day, relax in elegant comfort as you continue your Cuban immersion. Whether you’re sipping a refreshing mojito on your suite’s private verandah, savoring gorgeous Cienfuegos Bay from the Panorama deck or posing for selfies with your new Cuban friends, a Holland America Line cruise is a delightful way to experience Cuba.
7-day Authentic Cuba (just one of several 7-day itineraries!)
11-Day Cuba and Western Caribbean
12-Day Cuban Explorer Holiday
Interested? Call today for more information! 800-275-9876 or 425-827-5656