Ponant's 'Cuba: History, Culture & Contemporary Life' itinerary gives a broad snapshot of the most fascinating parts of the island. The voyage will take place aboard the 64-passenger sailing yacht Le Ponant.
Ports include Santiago de Cuba, one of the island’s oldest cities, dating back to 1515; Trinidad, where a walking tour will show off the cobblestone streets and distinctive architecture; the beautiful beach at Punta Frances on Isla de la Juventud with its stretch of pristine white sand; and Cienfuegos, where passengers can opt for a trip to the infamous Bay of Pigs and Playa Giron or stay to explore the town.
Two hotel nights in Havana
Throughout the journey, dance and musical performances and tours of artists’ studios are led by local guides. And now, for the first time, the fare includes two hotel nights in Havana for an introduction to the music, color and soul of the country.
Guest lecturer Franklin W. Knight, professor of history at Johns Hopkins University—who has been organizing educational travel programs to Cuba since the 1970s and frequently appears as an analyst for NPR, BBC and PBS—will lecture throughout the cruise and accompany excursions to share his insight. Topics include 'Cuba after the Castro Brothers,' 'Cuba, the Land of Eccentricity' and 'Cuban Rums: An Appreciation with Samples.'
As well, two Cuban guides will join the entire cruise to share meals and engage in informal conversation.