Seabourn has received approval to begin sailing to Cuba from Miami and San Juan, Puerto Rico, starting with a 12-day cruise aboard Seabourn Sojourn departing Miami on November 4, 2019. Seabourn becomes Carnival Corporation’s third cruise brand currently approved to sail to Cuba.
Bookings for Seabourn’s cruises to Cuba are open now. Guests can choose from four separate itineraries with five different departure dates. The 11-, 12-, and 14-day sailings will visit five ports in Cuba, calling at three or four on each itinerary and providing guests an opportunity to discover the different regions on this island. All five voyages will feature overnight stops in Havana. The visit to Havana allows guests time to explore the designated UNESCO World Heritage Site during its 500th anniversary year and immerse themselves in historical and cultural experiences.
“For many luxury travelers, they aim to find new places to explore and discover meaningful new cultural opportunities, and Cuba is one of the most sought-after emerging destinations for many of our guests,” said Richard Meadows, president of Seabourn.
Seabourn Sojourn will call at five ports in Cuba throughout the season as well as several UNESCO World Heritage Site including:
- Antilla (Nipe Bay) – The entry to the deep-cut Nipe Bay passes by the Cayo Saetia National Park. The Holguin province offers authentic Cuban communities like San Isidoro de Holguin, with 18th-century churches and plazas. The Sierra del Cristal range holds pine forests and Pico Cristal and Mensura national parks with the twin Guayabo waterfalls.
- Cienfuegos – One of the later colonial cities of Cuba, Cienfuegos was founded by French nationals in 1819, yet it is inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its concentration of 19th-century architecture. The Jagua Castle at the entrance to the bay actually predates the city, erected in 1745 to protect ships from pirates. An overnight stay allows exploration of the city’s highlights, as well as cultural experiences and a visit to the colonial town of Trinidad, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
- Havana (La Habana) – Visit Cuba’s capital during its 500th anniversary in 2019. An overnight stay in the city offers opportunities to experience its history and enjoy the music, dance, and graphic arts scenes, as well connecting with artists, dancers, and community projects. A highlight is Old Havana and its Fortification System, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Havana invites guests to tour 16th-century plazas and Art Deco treasures in preserved vintage American cars from the 50s and 60s.
- Punta Francés, Isla de Juventud – This idyllic island is the second largest in Cuba, where Cuban vacationers snorkel and dive on coral reefs and shipwrecks in the National Marine Park. A hidden gem off the coast of Cuba, the island was once a pirate hideout. Now it supports farms dedicated to breeding sea turtles and crocodiles. The Punta del Este Caves are the “Sistine Chapel” of prehistoric Taino petroglyphs.
- Santiago de Cuba – Founded in 1515, Cuba’s cultural capital is filled with monuments of its colonial and revolutionary history, including UNESCO World Heritage Site San Pedro de la Roca Castle. Santiago will reward a two-day stay with highlights including its cathedrals and the museums of the Moncada Barracks, the Velazquez House, the Lucha Clandestina museum, and the neighboring community of El Cobre and its Basilica de la Virgen de la Caridad del Cobre.
While off the ship, guests may join UNESCO Partner Tours exploring Cuba’s World Heritage cities including Santa Clara and Trinidad, the Biosphere Reserve at Las Terrazas, plus participatory excursions both by day and by night, tracing the Cuban culinary, musical, and artistic heritage, and including meetings with arts and community projects in Havana, Santiago, and Cienfuegos. Additionally, a stop at Cienfuegos presents the opportunity for a visit to the colonial town of Trinidad, a UNESCO World Heritage Site in Cuba’s province of Sancti Spíritus. In addition, guests can enjoy several complimentary Seabourn events and experiences, such as Caviar in the Surf beach barbecues in Isla Catalina and Carambola Beach, as well as Marina Day with complimentary watersports in Isla Catalina operating directly from the back of the ship, weather and conditions permitting.