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Jewish heritage tour, new night events in Azamara's 2018-19 Cuba program

(Photo: Anne Kalosh)
Classic cars at the entrance to Havana's El Nacional Hotel, where a new Azamara tour takes passengers to the show at Cabaret Parisien
Azamara Club Cruises' new 2018 and 2019 Cuba itineraries range from four to 14 nights and visit places like Cienfuegos, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Longer stays in port, new Cuban-themed programming on board and two overnights in Havana are featured.

Plus, starting in 2018, an AzAmazing Evenings event will be included on select sailings.

'Following the incredible popularity and high demand for our Cuba voyages, we knew we wanted to provide travelers more opportunities to explore this alluring country at night,' said Larry Pimentel, president and ceo, Azamara Club Cruises. The line also becomes one of the few to stay three full days in Havana.

As part of its 'Cruise Global, Connect Local' program, Azamara is offering a new night experience in Havana.

At the Hotel Nacional de Cuba's Cabaret Parisien, the 'Cuban, Cuban' show features stunning costumes, lively music and captivating dance moves reflecting Indo-American, Hispanic and African influences. Before the show, passengers can wander the hotel gardens and gaze out at the sparkling nighttime views of the Malecón (waterfront).

A Jewish heritage tour takes participants through Old Havana’s Jewish Quarter. With plenty of local encounters to hear firsthand stories about the Jewish community, the tour includes a visit to Hotel Raquel, a breathtaking example of Havana’s Jewish influence, and to a local synagogue to see how locals worship. There will be visits to a historic Jewish cemetery and Havana’s Holocaust Museum, a solemn reminder of World War II, curated by the local community.

Additionally, a number of immersive experiences are being developed throughout Cienfuegos and Santiago de Cuba.

In Santiago Azamara passengers can explore a variety of well-known and off-the-beaten track historical sites including the Colonial Historic Center and San Juan Hill, where an instrumental battle in the Spanish-Cuban-American war occurred. At Santa Ifigenia Cemetery Cuba's national hero José Martí is laid to rest.

After starting their tour in Cienfuegos, participants will travel to Trinidad, where they can explore the colonial old town and cobblestone streets. A stop at Potter’s House gives the chance to discover the artwork of Cuban craftsmen and learn about their techniques passed down through generations. The Cienfuegos visit includes a performance at the Teatro Tomas Terry, followed by shopping on Santa Isabel Boulevard.