Cuba

Trips & Tours // Caribbean

Culinary, Culture/History, Eco/Nature/Garden

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The hottest of hot destinations... literally and figuratively!

A 7-NIGHT CRUISE TO CUBA FEATURING THE ALL-INCLUSIVE PEOPLE-TO-PEOPLE PROGRAM featuring lectures, tours, cultural experiences, and meet-and-greets. Twenty-first century Cuba promises to be like nowhere else you’ve ever visited. This beautiful island nation is economically poor, but culturally rich; and visibly mildewed, yet architecturally magnificent. Here in a country of few material possessions, Cuba continues to amaze travelers from around the globe with its beaches, bays and mountains, and its worldclass rum, exuberant music and exquisite art.The key lies in the Cubans themselves: survivors and improvisers, poets and dreamers, cynics and sages. Your Cuba is a wildly vivacious place where taxi drivers quote Hemingway, and visitors are quickly ensnared by the intrigue, romance and paradox that is Cuba. From white sandy beaches and clear turquoise waters to antique cars to the historic 1946 Latinoamericano Stadium, there is something for everyone in Cuba.

TAP Rating: TAP Deluxe


Highlights include:

  • Panoramic Santiago tour
  • Day at sea featuring cooking lesson, cigar making demonstration, dance lesson, more
  • Authentic Havana city tour
  • Afro-Cuban music performance
  • Punta Frances/Isle of Youth day at the beach or optional snorkeling
  • Best of Cienfuegos tour

DAY 1 – Boston to Montego Bay, Jamaica
Depart Boston on our flight (via possible intermediate city) to Jamaica. Please note: current arrangements and prices based on Boston-to-Jamaica flights, but we can quote and arrange any other gateway as well. Transfer to the pier (check-in is 1:00 pm to 4:30 pm) and embark the Celestyal Crystal  for the beginning of our 7-night cruise.  Overnight. “People-to-People” activities today include an embarkation briefing, “Visual Arts in Cuba” talk, and Salsa dance lesson.

DAY 2 –Santiago de Cuba
One of the most interesting and historically significant places in Cuba is Santiago de Cuba. Founded by Spanish conquistador Diego Velazquez de Cuellar in 1514, Santiago was the capital of the Spanish colony of Cuba from 1522-1589. Today, Santiago remains the most important urban area outside of Havana, and is home to the birth of most forms of Cuba’s long-lasting and globally renowned music. Visitors from around the world come to enjoy the music originating in Santiago.Of more political importance, Santiago is known for being the Cradle of the Revolution. Here, in 1953, Fidel Castro led an ill-prepared attack on Batistas Barracks at Moncada. And finally, a few years later after successfully toppling Batista and his dictatorship, Castro gave his victory speech in Parque Cespedes in Santiago. The region is well known for many other things. There are the ruins of French coffee plantations to the east of the city in the mountains that are recognized by UNESCO as a world cultural heritage site. The famed Cuban cigar has deep-rooted tradition in Santiago, as does the production of rum.  “People-to-People” activities today include a panoramic Santiago tour, Cuban history talk, meet and greet with Cuban staff, and Rumba dance lesson.

DAY 3 – At sea
Full day to enjoy the Crystal and all its amenities. Enjoy elegant restaurants, bars and lounges, an internet centre, spa and fitness rooms, and nine open promenade decks, where you can revel in the splendor of a starlit ocean sky. Onboard Celestyal Crystal you will enjoy our delicious variety at Leda Casual Dining or dine more formally in the elegant Amalthia Restaurant. Experience a taste of our northern neighbors cuisine at the Alberta Prime Steakhouse Restaurants where you will dine on Canadian Prime Grade A Beef with a selection of Canadian beers to choose from. Enjoy the sun and sea breeze at Helios pool bar, enjoy the excitement at the Muses Lounge and Horizons Bar & Disco, and take in the fantastic views on the top deck. Other facilities feature the Casino, Internet Corner, conference rooms, photo gallery, Agora Duty Free & Travel Value Shop, swimming pool, Jacuzzi, fitness centre, and the Sana Health Spa & Beauty Salon.  “People-to-People” activities today include a cooking lesson, cigar making presentation, musical demonstration, “Rum Diary”, “Let’s Learn Cuban” and Cha-Cha dance lesson.

DAY 4 – Havana
This city of 2 million people is one of the most historical cities of the New World. A throwback in time, it displays a combination of colonialism, capitalism, and Communism blended into one. new itinerary gives you two days to experience the amazing sights and sounds of Havana. Take in a world famous show, explore the famous Cuban street life, have a drink with the spirit of Hemingway, or stroll the famed El Malecon. “People-to-People” activities today include a “History of Havana” presentation followed by a “Real Taste of Havana” tour, and a “Authentic Havana” tour.

DAY 5 – Havana
A second day in the capital to enjoy the city before returning to the vessel for our 5 PM departure. “People-to-People” activities today include a performance of Afro-Cuban music, a continued tour of the city, a talk on Cuban flora and fauna, and an evening dance show with live music.

DAY 6 – Punta Frances/Isle of Youth
Punta Frances on the Isle of Youth, is a palm-fringed oasis of sugar-sand and clear water amidst banana fields, orange groves and tobacco plantations. We anchor off the island and transfer to the beach. This is a glorious beach of pure white sand surrounded by crystal clear warm waters - perfect for snorkeling. Enjoy a day at the beach in the sunshine, listen to music, look for shells or just explore. Today you'll have a day to discover Punta Frances on the Isle of Youth, and her natural wonders at your own pace. Optional snorkeling tour.

DAY 7 – Cienfuegos
Enjoy the tranquil city of Cienfuegos and view the impressive Castillo de Jagua - a fortress built in 1745 to protect the city against invasions from the real pirates of the Caribbean. The city is rich with architectural treasures - from theatres to estate mansions. “People-to-People” activities today include a “Best of Cienfuegos” tour, Cuban music history talk, Cuban cocktails lesson, and final dance party.

DAY 8 – Return to U.S.
Disembark the Crystal. Transfer to the airport for our return flight to Boston. 

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Arrival Instructions

Arrive to Boston or Montego Bay, Jamaica by Early morning- Boston or 1 PM- Montego Bay via BOS or MBJ


Departure Instructions

Depart from Montego Bay, Jamaica or Boston after 12 PM- Jamaica or 6 PM- Boston via MBJ or BOS


Payment Policy

Deposit: $ 800.00 per person due at time of booking - final payment due 90 days prior to departure


Cancellation Policy

80 or more days prior to departure – 20% of deposit, minus $25 service charge, plus insurance premium, if applicable. 79 - 61 days – 60% of total rate 60 - 46 days – 85% of total rate 45 days or less – NO REFUND

Rate listed is per person, twin occupancy and includes early booking discount good until September 30, 2016. Rate is for an inside cabin, Category IB. Outside and balcony cabins available at higher rates. Single rates and third/fourth passenger discounts available upon request.

OUR CRUISE INCLUDES ALL OF THE FOLLOWING:

  • Round-trip regularly scheduled flights Boston-Jamaica and return (possible intermediate stop). The identity of the carrier, which may include the carrier’s code-share partner, will be assigned and disclosed at a later date.

  • Special meet-and-greet service and assistance at Logan Airport by a Durgan Travel Representative.

  • 7-nights’ cruise aboard Celestyal Crystal featuring the all-inclusive People-to-People program lectures, tours, cultural experiences, more.

  • Breakfast, lunch, and dinner daily.

  • Crystal’s drink package which features brand-name liquors, wine by the glass, draft beers and cruise-choice canned beers, hot beverages, juice, soda. For passengers 18 and up. Top wines, some top-shelf liquors, breezers, and Smirnoff Ice are excluded.

  • Mandated Cuban Medical Insurance (separate from optional trip insurance, which we recommend as well - see below).

  • Complimentary Durgan Travel Service flight bag and complete packet of required travel documents.

Itinerary

DAY 1 – Boston to Montego Bay, Jamaica
Depart Boston on our flight (via possible intermediate city) to Jamaica. Please note: current arrangements and prices based on Boston-to-Jamaica flights, but we can quote and arrange any other gateway as well. Transfer to the pier (check-in is 1:00 pm to 4:30 pm) and embark the Celestyal Crystal  for the beginning of our 7-night cruise.  Overnight. “People-to-People” activities today include an embarkation briefing, “Visual Arts in Cuba” talk, and Salsa dance lesson.

DAY 2 –Santiago de Cuba
One of the most interesting and historically significant places in Cuba is Santiago de Cuba. Founded by Spanish conquistador Diego Velazquez de Cuellar in 1514, Santiago was the capital of the Spanish colony of Cuba from 1522-1589. Today, Santiago remains the most important urban area outside of Havana, and is home to the birth of most forms of Cuba’s long-lasting and globally renowned music. Visitors from around the world come to enjoy the music originating in Santiago.Of more political importance, Santiago is known for being the Cradle of the Revolution. Here, in 1953, Fidel Castro led an ill-prepared attack on Batistas Barracks at Moncada. And finally, a few years later after successfully toppling Batista and his dictatorship, Castro gave his victory speech in Parque Cespedes in Santiago. The region is well known for many other things. There are the ruins of French coffee plantations to the east of the city in the mountains that are recognized by UNESCO as a world cultural heritage site. The famed Cuban cigar has deep-rooted tradition in Santiago, as does the production of rum.  “People-to-People” activities today include a panoramic Santiago tour, Cuban history talk, meet and greet with Cuban staff, and Rumba dance lesson.

DAY 3 – At sea
Full day to enjoy the Crystal and all its amenities. Enjoy elegant restaurants, bars and lounges, an internet centre, spa and fitness rooms, and nine open promenade decks, where you can revel in the splendor of a starlit ocean sky. Onboard Celestyal Crystal you will enjoy our delicious variety at Leda Casual Dining or dine more formally in the elegant Amalthia Restaurant. Experience a taste of our northern neighbors cuisine at the Alberta Prime Steakhouse Restaurants where you will dine on Canadian Prime Grade A Beef with a selection of Canadian beers to choose from. Enjoy the sun and sea breeze at Helios pool bar, enjoy the excitement at the Muses Lounge and Horizons Bar & Disco, and take in the fantastic views on the top deck. Other facilities feature the Casino, Internet Corner, conference rooms, photo gallery, Agora Duty Free & Travel Value Shop, swimming pool, Jacuzzi, fitness centre, and the Sana Health Spa & Beauty Salon.  “People-to-People” activities today include a cooking lesson, cigar making presentation, musical demonstration, “Rum Diary”, “Let’s Learn Cuban” and Cha-Cha dance lesson.

DAY 4 – Havana
This city of 2 million people is one of the most historical cities of the New World. A throwback in time, it displays a combination of colonialism, capitalism, and Communism blended into one. new itinerary gives you two days to experience the amazing sights and sounds of Havana. Take in a world famous show, explore the famous Cuban street life, have a drink with the spirit of Hemingway, or stroll the famed El Malecon. “People-to-People” activities today include a “History of Havana” presentation followed by a “Real Taste of Havana” tour, and a “Authentic Havana” tour.

DAY 5 – Havana
A second day in the capital to enjoy the city before returning to the vessel for our 5 PM departure. “People-to-People” activities today include a performance of Afro-Cuban music, a continued tour of the city, a talk on Cuban flora and fauna, and an evening dance show with live music.

DAY 6 – Punta Frances/Isle of Youth
Punta Frances on the Isle of Youth, is a palm-fringed oasis of sugar-sand and clear water amidst banana fields, orange groves and tobacco plantations. We anchor off the island and transfer to the beach. This is a glorious beach of pure white sand surrounded by crystal clear warm waters - perfect for snorkeling. Enjoy a day at the beach in the sunshine, listen to music, look for shells or just explore. Today you'll have a day to discover Punta Frances on the Isle of Youth, and her natural wonders at your own pace. Optional snorkeling tour.

DAY 7 – Cienfuegos
Enjoy the tranquil city of Cienfuegos and view the impressive Castillo de Jagua - a fortress built in 1745 to protect the city against invasions from the real pirates of the Caribbean. The city is rich with architectural treasures - from theatres to estate mansions. “People-to-People” activities today include a “Best of Cienfuegos” tour, Cuban music history talk, Cuban cocktails lesson, and final dance party.

DAY 8 – Return to U.S.
Disembark the Crystal. Transfer to the airport for our return flight to Boston. 

Pricing & Availability

Inclusions

Rate listed is per person, twin occupancy and includes early booking discount good until September 30, 2016. Rate is for an inside cabin, Category IB. Outside and balcony cabins available at higher rates. Single rates and third/fourth passenger discounts available upon request.

OUR CRUISE INCLUDES ALL OF THE FOLLOWING:

  • Round-trip regularly scheduled flights Boston-Jamaica and return (possible intermediate stop). The identity of the carrier, which may include the carrier’s code-share partner, will be assigned and disclosed at a later date.

  • Special meet-and-greet service and assistance at Logan Airport by a Durgan Travel Representative.

  • 7-nights’ cruise aboard Celestyal Crystal featuring the all-inclusive People-to-People program lectures, tours, cultural experiences, more.

  • Breakfast, lunch, and dinner daily.

  • Crystal’s drink package which features brand-name liquors, wine by the glass, draft beers and cruise-choice canned beers, hot beverages, juice, soda. For passengers 18 and up. Top wines, some top-shelf liquors, breezers, and Smirnoff Ice are excluded.

  • Mandated Cuban Medical Insurance (separate from optional trip insurance, which we recommend as well - see below).

  • Complimentary Durgan Travel Service flight bag and complete packet of required travel documents.



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