ONLY Circumnavigation Cuba Cruise
8 Day Cruise aboard Celestyal Crystal
This is an amazing opportunity to experience Cuba before it officially opens its doors to the USA. Sail aboard the beautiful Celestyal Crystal cruise ship, on this unique 8 day cruise to Cuba for just $999, including an Unlimited Beverage Package, Educational Shore Excursions and much more! $99 Low Cost AIR to Havana available!
This unique cruise will sail from Havana, Cuba and unlike other Cuba tours, you will have the opportunity to visit three major regions of the island, including Santiago de Cuba, Cienfuegos and enjoy 2 full days (overnight) in Havana! This special People to People program includes educational programs aboard with Cubans, and special humanitarian and educational programs ashore.
THIS IS HISTORY AND A ONCE IN A LIFETIME OPPORTUNITY so we recommend you act TODAY!
Ask your Legendary Journeys agent for details.
TOP 5 REASONS
WHY OUR CUBA CRUISE CAN’T BE DUPLICATED ANYWHERE ELSE!
1 - Legendary Journeys provides an ALL-IN BEVERAGE PACKAGE ( $300 Value)
While on the ship you will find out that other guests NOT with Legendary Journeys are paying $300 to $500 for their beverages aboard. NOT with LEGENDARY JOURNEYS. We include a special ALL-IN Beverage Package and for a small supplement you can upgrade to Alcohol and even ‘Entire Bar’ Premium Alcohol. DON’T MAKE A MISTAKE DOING CUBA CRUISE WITHANYONE ELSE. You are going to pay HUNDREDS MORE.
INCLUDED IN YOUR ALL-IN BEVERAGE PACKAGE:
Sparkling and Mineral water; Sodas; Iced Tea; Juices; Non Alcoholic Cocktails; Coffees (espresso, cappuccino, latte etc); Hot Beverages (hot chocolate, tea selection).
UPGRADE TO ALCOHOL ALL-IN FOR JUST $99
(just $12 a day)!
You add: PORT, SHERRY, LIQUEURS (Campari, Sandeman’s, Pastis, Amaretto, Disaronno, Kahlua, Cointreau, Baileys etc); WHISKEY & BOURBON (Canadian Club, Jameson, Jim Beam, J&B, Johnny Walker Red Label, Famous Grouse, Bells, Cutty Sark, House); GIN (Beefeater, Gordon’s Bombay, Sapphire, House); RUM (Bacardi, Captain Morgan, House); VODKA (Smirnoff, Absolut, House); TEQUILA (Jose Cuervo Gold, House); CUBAN FLAVORS (a variety of Cuban beverages such as cocktails, mojitos and rum); FAVORITE COCKTAILS (White Russian, Daiquiris, Margarita, Pina Colada, Mojitos, Martinis, Shooters); BEER (Draught Beer, cruise choice beer, non alcoholic beer in can, Cuban beers including Cristal and Bucanero); WINE (House wine by the glass (white, red, rose), sparkling wine); everything in your standard ALL-IN Package.
UPGRADE TO PREMIUM ALCOHOL ALL-IN FOR JUST $149
(just $18 a day)!
You add: ALL items in the Bar Menu including beverage items in the bar list by the glass/tin such as (Breezers, Smirnoff Ice, Energy drinks, Freshly squeeze orange juice, Smoothies); PREMIUM BRANDS (Chivas Regal, Johnny Wlaker Black, Glenfiddich, Jack Daniel’s, Courvoisier VSOP, Remy Martin VSOP); ALL BEERS & CIDERS; CHAMPAGNE (Tattinger Noctrune); CREMANT D’ ALSACE; WINE (international wine selection by the glass including white, red, rose, and sparkling).
2 - Legendary Journeys provides PRIVATE TOURS IN EACH PORT* ( $500 Value)
You enjoy special tours with Legendary Journeys guests and our People 2 People program in Santiago de Cuba, Havana & Cienfuegos. You enjoy the best of CUBAN guides combined with Legendary Journeys staff to make every detail go great.
3 - LowCost AIR with TRANSFERS from just $199
You won’t find a better and easier way to enjoy your flight to/from the ship in Havana, Cuba. From just $199 we include airfare and all transfers. Air is available from most US and world-wide cities. Just ask your Legendary Journeys agent for details.
4 - ON BOARD PROGRAM - Exclusively from Legendary Journeys
Our People 2 People program is unmatched. Our 2016/17 season included TWO University of Havana Professors and an entire array of Cuban staff that you get to meet and interact with coordinated by Legendary Journeys. You also enjoy a welcome aboard orientation and a farewell briefing. CUBA is a mystery… don’t allow someone else to interfere with your vacation to Cuba because they don’t provide the services you need while aboard ship or in CUBA!
Many 2017 departures: April 17, 24; May 1, 8, 15, 22, 29; June 5, 12, 19, 26; July 3, 10, 17, 24, 31; August 7, 14, 21, 28; September 4, 11, 18, 25; October 2, 9, 16, 23, 30; November 6, 13, 20 (Thanksgiving), 27; December 11, 18 (Christmas), 25 (Christmas & New Years).
VALID PASSPORT IS REQUIRED FOR THIS CRUISE.
ABOUT YOUR CUBA EXPERIENCE:
This is an “All In” People To People experience that includes Education experiences both on board and on shore. Enjoy education and humanitarian sights in every port of call. Here is some of the highlights of your visit to Cuba.
As a Cuba Cruise passenger, “Your Cruise” can include visits to a total of six UNESCO world heritage sites and four National Parks & Preserves. You will walk down cobblestone streets, up mountain paths, through rain forests and, of course, on fabulous world-famous beaches. And, each night you'll enjoy the incredible food, entertainment and comfort of your world-class ship. Experience the best of an all-inclusive resort and a cruise vacation, combined with a Cuba that few people ever get the chance to see.
Your Cuba Cruise ship travels counter clockwise around the island with itineraries starting in Havana, Cuba. Along the way, we stop to explore, enrich, relax and enjoy.
As a former Spanish colony liberally painted with French, African, American, Jamaican, Irish and indigenous Taíno influences, the breadth of Cuba’s heritage is staggering. Important historical heirlooms – forts, palaces, hotels and colonial towns – dominate the Cuban landscape, and many of them are being faithfully restored. Rhythms and melodies are ubiquitous in this melting pot of African, European and Caribbean cultures. It’s like no other place on earth. Join us for an educational seven-day experience in this open-air classroom. Our Cuba Cruise, embarking from Havana Cuba, gives you the chance to begin to explore Cuba.
What makes Cuba so unique is its warm, vibrant people, simultaneously welcoming, engaging and sincere, as complex and distinctive as the dense percussion and exultant vocals in their music. Cuba is home to survivors and improvisers, poets and dreamers, musicians and dancers…the people of Cuba have kept the country and its effervescent, seductive culture alive for centuries. Our Cuba Cruise is an opportunity to meet and mingle with these people, to see their day-to-day lives in three dimensions, to ask questions. Cuba remains a unique and paradisiacal destination, a captivating anachronism, in a world that seems to become ever-more globalized. We invite you to share it with the people of Cuba and to learn everything you can about this unique island nation.
People-to-people program embarking in Havana
ON BOARD PROGRAM:
MONDAY / DAY 1: HAVANA / Board in Havana / Celestyal Crystal will overnight in Old Havana
Fly to Havana today and transfer (when you purchase low-cost air from Legendary Journeys). Transfer to your waiting ship.
From all over the city of Havana one perceives a rumor of trees and conversations, of plenitude and freshness.
-Renaldo Arenas, “End of a Story,” from Mona and Other Tales
As the Caribbean’s largest and most vivacious city, Havana’s romantic atmosphere and boundless energy are legendary. “Anything is possible in Havana,” wrote British novelist Graham Greene of Cuba's magical capital. One of the world's great urban centers, this tough but elegant tropical metropolis is a cosmopolitan cocktail of stirring monuments and festive music. It has few cultural equals.
Habaneros love their city, and it’s easy to see why. Amid the sweet blue waters of the sparkling Caribbean, over five centuries of history have helped shape one of the Hispanic world’s most electric and culturally unique societies. A stomping ground for pirates, a fortified slave port for the Spanish and a gambling capital for the American Mafia, Havana has survived it all. The city has given the world mambo and salsa, mural paintings, Cohiba cigars, Havana Club rum…Havana is the heart of Cuba, and it beats with unstoppable, celebratory passion.
Afternoon: Embarkation Briefing (Orientation)
Jorge G. Arocha is a Professor of Philosophy at the University of Havana, the oldest university in Cuba and one of the first in the Americas. The University of Havana was founded in 1728 and counts past and present national leaders among its illustrious Cuban alumni. Professor Arocha will sail with us for the entire cruise and will be available to answer any questions you may have about Cuban culture and history, both fascinating and incredibly rich. During this briefing, professor Arocha will welcome all people-to-people program participants on board. He will then take you through the week’s culturally enriching program.
Evening: “Cuban History: Visual Arts in Cuba” talk
Cuba is a country with a very diverse culture and the visual arts are no exception. In recent years, a number of distinctive trends have emerged in Cuban visual arts with references to themes and characters based on the Afro-Cuban culture. Professor Jorge G. Arocha invites you to an insightful presentation on board, during which you will have the opportunity to participate in discussions on manifestations of the rich cultural heritage of the country.
TUESDAY / DAY 2: HAVANA / 10 pm departure
Morning: “Cuba’s Unconventional Musical Instruments” talk
Start Day 5 with an introduction to the unique instruments that make Cuban music so distinctive and infectious. Professor Arocha and one of our Cuban musicians will demonstrate a number of traditional Cuban instruments, including bongos, the claves and the tres, Cuba’s famed three-string guitar.
Morning: Performance – Afro-Cuban Music and Dance
It’s morning in Havana. N'Sila Che Che is a performance of Afro-Cuban music and dance on board the Celestyal Crystal by a group of local artists from the Municipal Museum of Regla who are believers in the three dominant strains of Afro-Cuban religion in Havana: Santeria, Palo Monte and Abakuá. The performance will be introduced by Dr. Raisa Fornaguera de la Pena, director of the Municipal museum.
After the performance, feel free to disembark and continue exploring Havana enjoying its cuisine and people and meeting the Habaneras and Habaneros on your own and return to the ship for lunch. (NOTE: Legendary Journeys has some very special options available for you.)
Afternoon: “More of Real Havana” Included Shore Excursion Tour
After lunch, take some time to familiarize yourself with the modern history of Cuba at the Museum of the Revolution, housed in the former Presidential Palace. Then stroll along the cobblestone streets of Old Havana or see impressive classical and modern art at the Museum of Fine Arts.
Afternoon: All Aboard
Evening: “Cuban Flora and Fauna” talk
Cuba is home to 7000 species of plants (half of them endemic), and the country’s fauna is incredible featuring 35 mammal species (24 endemic), 350 bird species (23 endemic), 121 reptiles (103 endemic) and 48 types of amphibian (42 endemic), including the bee hummingbird, the butterfly bat and the Cuban crocodile. Many of these unique plants and animals make their homes in the country’s approximate 3,400 square kilometers of national conservation areas. Join Professor Arocha for a lively presentation about Cuba’s unique ecosystem and its residents.
Evening: Dance like a Cuban: Now You Can!
Come join us for a potpourri of Cuban dances and live Cuban music! Are you ready to cha-cha-cha, mambo and salsa? Give it a whirl under the guidance of our expert Cuban dance instructors. Our authentic Cuban band will make it impossible for you to stay away from the dance floor.
WEDNESDAY / DAY 3: Fun Day at Sea
THURSDAY / DAY 4: CIENFUEGOS / 8 am to 3 pm
Cienfuegos, “the Pearl of the South,” was founded in 1819. Situated on the Caribbean
coast of southern-central Cuba at the heart of the country’s sugar cane, mango, tobacco and coffee production area, the town first developed in the neoclassical style – it became more eclectic as it grew but still retained a harmonious overall townscape.
Morning: “See the Best of Cienfuegos” INCLUDED Shore Excursion tour
Our first stop is the University of Cienfuegos, where we’ll have a rare opportunity to interact with the university’s dynamic and engaging professors – they are looking forward to sharing insights about their city with you, both its storied history and its future. We’ll then visit the Plaza de Armas, the traditional central square of Cienfuegos, and the magnificent Teatro Thomas Terry. Built between 1887 and 1889 to honor Venezuelan industrialist Tomás Terry, this 950-seat opera house and theater is decorated with marble and hand-carved Cuban hardwoods. Don’t forget to look up for a view of the theater’s ceiling frescoes.
We will also visit the Graphic Society of Cienfuegos, where we’ll view prints and meet with the artists who offer programs for children with special needs., You may either conclude your visit seeing the unique architecture of the Palacio de Valle and return to the ship for lunch or stay in the Plaza de Armas to savor a meal in a local paladar and explore Cienfuegos on your own. NOTE: Legendary Journeys has very special optional experiences available.
Afternoon: “Cuban History – the Musicality of the Cuban People” talk
Professor Arocha will give a presentation about the musicality of the Cuban people. Bolero, cha-cha-cha, guajiras, mambo, rumba, sones, trova…how can one island produce so much music, so much dance, all of it beloved the world over? Professor Arocha will discuss the African and European influences in Cuban music and how this vibrant music has become so central to Cuban life.
Afternoon after departure: Open Discussion of Your People-to-People Experience
This is an opportunity to ask questions and reflect on your experience in Cuba with Professor Arocha, with our Cuban crew and with any of the American staff accompanying you.
Evening – Make Your Own Cuban Cocktail
Try a real mojito, and then learn the history of this fabulous and refreshing cocktail. Some historians believe the African slaves who worked in the Cuban sugar cane fields during the 19th century were instrumental in the cocktail's origin – guarapo, the sugar cane juice often used in mojitos, was a popular drink amongst the slaves, who came up with the name of this sweet nectar. Our Cuban mixologists will teach you how to make the best Cuban cocktails while taking you through the rituals, stories and urban myths behind these drinks.
Evening: Dance like a Cuban
Our final Cuban dance party! Come join us for a real fiesta! You’ll have a chance to use everything you’ve learned about cha-cha-cha, mambo, salsa…expect a late night.
FRIDAY / DAY 5: MONTEGO BAY / 8 am - 8 pm
This lush island is home to congenial fishing villages, pristine waterfalls, seaside villages, wetlands harboring endangered crocodiles and manatees, and reggae music, which was born here in the 1960s. Jamaica is a country infused with pride in its unique history, breathtaking landscape and singular culture that has produced some of the world’s great musicians and writers. Montego Bay, its second city, is the capital of St. James Parish, and an inspiration too – singer-songwriter Bobby Bloom crooned about its incredible charms in his hit song from 1970, “Montego Bay.”
Evening – Dance like a Cuban: It’s Salsa Time!
Cuba is the birthplace of many dances such as Cha-Cha, Son, Danzon, Danzonete, Mambo, Rumba, Salsa, Bolero and many others, all are a celebration of Cuban life and music.
Salsa dancing originated in New York in the mid-1970s. It evolved from earlier Cuban dance forms, such as Cha-Cha-Cha and Mambo and incorporated elements of both swing dancing and disco, which jostled for space on the dance floor with Afro-Cuban and Afro-Caribbean dances such as Guaguanco and Pachanga. Salsa dancers shift their weight with each step, keeping their upper bodies parallel to their feet as if unaffected by the movement of their hips. The Cuban Casino style of salsa dancing involves “up-and-down” shoulder movements and rhythmic twists of the torso. Its rhythms are insistent and infectious; they make it impossible to sit still, so don’t even try! Let our professional Cuban dance instructors take you through all the salsa steps you need to know during the first fifteen minutes of the class. Once you’ve learned the steps, you’ll have the next half-hour to put what you’ve learned into practice with the assistance of our instructors.
SATURDAY / DAY 6: SANTIAGO DE CUBA / 8 am to 4 pm
Beautiful Santiago de Cuba is the second-largest city in Cuba and the capital of the province of Santiago de Cuba. Santiago is actually closer to the island of Hispaniola (home to the Dominican Republic and Haiti) than it is to Havana, thus a strong current of Afro-Caribbean culture sizzles through its “avenidas” and alleyways. The Revolution started here, as did Bacardi rum, salsa and son. Santiago’s rhythm is uniquely its own. This is the location of Fidel Castro’s tomb.
Morning: “Panoramic Santiago” INCLUDED Shore Excursion tour
We will meet with Dr. Martha Cordié Jackson, a historian and the director of the African Cultural Center “Fernando Ortiz.” Following Dr. Jackson’s presentation we will enjoy a dance performance, and have a chance to speak with the performers afterwards. Next, we will visit three iconic locations. One is a memorial to Antonio Maceo, the "Bronze Titan,” who led two wars for independence before he was slain by Spanish bullets in 1896. The second is San Juan Hill, where Teddy Roosevelt and his rough riders defeated the Spanish in 1898 after the USA entered the Cuban-Spanish-American War. Our third visit will be the Moncada Barracks, where Fidel and Raul Castro commenced their 1953 assault on the Batista regime.
After our tour, you may return to the ship for lunch and relaxation, or you can opt to be dropped-off in the colonial central square of Santiago, home to the city’s cathedral, shops and privately-owned restaurants (called “paladares”). After walking along the streets of this colonial gem, you can return to the ship on foot or by taxi.
Afternoon: Cuban History “The Birth of the Nation (1492-1898)” talk
Professor Jorge G. Arocha takes you from the discovery of the Caribbean by Christopher Columbus through the Cuban-Spanish-American War in a fascinating presentation about the birth of the Cuban nation.
Afternoon: Cuban Staff Want to Meet and Greet You
Share time with our Cuban staff during your week together. Learn about what it’s like to grow up in Cuba, get firsthand insight into their daily lives and develop a real understanding of their culture, their history and their customs. This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to get to know the people of Cuba and hear their stories. Most are comfortable speaking in English but are happy to help you practice your Spanish.
Evening – Dance like a Cuban: It’s Rumba Time!
Rumba is a group of rhythms, music and ballroom dance that originated in Cuba. The name “rumba” is derived from the Cuban-Spanish word “rumbo,” which means "party" or "spree" – Habaneros of African descent used the word as a synonym for party. Rumba is based on African music and dance traditions, namely Abakuá and yuka, and is also derived from the coros de clave, which originated in Spain. Cuban rumba comprises the three traditional forms of rumba: yambú, guaguancó and columbia. Our Cuban dance instructors will take you through the steps during the first 15 minutes of class, and then they’ll turn you loose on the dance floor. Get ready to rumba!
SUNDAY / DAY 7: FUN DAY AT SEA
Program on board
Morning: A Taste of Cuba: How “Mixing and Matching” Creates the Most Mouthwatering Dishes
Join us for a Cuban cooking lesson, one that gives you a chance to discover some of the many “gems” of Cuban Cuisine. You will learn how to take fresh ingredients and create incomparable tastes that burst with the flavors of Cuba. Our chef will show how Creole and Spanish cuisine blend to create the authentic, singular Cuban gastronomic experience. Simple, hearty and incredibly flavorful, you’ll learn what you need to try your hand at cooking these dishes at home.
Morning: “Cuban Cigars – The Story Behind the Smoke” presentation
Cuba is known worldwide for its hand-rolled cigars. If you love cigars, this presentation gives you the opportunity to learn how the country’s beloved “Habanos” are produced! Christopher Columbus is generally credited with the introduction of tobacco to Europe. Three of Columbus's crewmen on his 1492 journey to the New World are said to have encountered tobacco for the first time on the island of Hispaniola, then again on Cuba. This presentation will give you a comprehensive understanding of the origins of tobacco and how the Cuban cigar industry was born and developed.
Afternoon: Documentary Film about Cuba
Please join us for a full-length, informative documentary about Cuba
Afternoon: Popular Cuban Culture Lecture: “El Ajiaco” talk
This presentation is a general characterization of the Cuban culture, taking the ajiaco as the main response to the question: What is the Cuban people? “Ajiaco” is the name of an Indian soup of the Taíno population. It’s made with sweet potato, yucca root, plantains, corn and meat (beef and/or pork), and several other ingredients. It requires a lot of stock, as well as lemon juice and aji (like the chili, but softer). This is one of the staples of Cuban cuisine. As well, the dish is symbolic of Cuban culture – a diverse mix of different races, accents, religions, and myths of Cuba, all stewed together like the ingredients in the ajiaco. Professor Arocha will also discuss the geography of Cuba, its national symbols (including the national bird of Cuba, the tocororo), historical places in Havana and the Spanish spoken in Cuba.
Afternoon: “Rum Diary – The History of Rum and a Taste of the Magic” talk
Cuba is known as the Isle of Rum, thanks to her world-famous sugar cane, her delightful Caribbean climate, her fertile soil, and the unique knowledge of Cuban "Maestro Roneros" (master rum-makers). Cuban rum began as “tafia,” fermented nectar made with the island’s sugar cane and enjoyed by sailors and swashbucklers alike. With the introduction of copper stills in the 19th century, Maestro Roneros took their first shot at aging Cuban rum, and its quality improved immensely. Pedro Diago, the father of Cuban rum, had the idea of storing the "aguardientes", or eaux-de-vie, in pots and burying them to age.
In the second half of the 19th century, the result of these developments was the introduction of lighter, more refined rum, "Ron Superior," which was requested by the Spanish crown to serve to the Spanish court and to the “elite of the Empire.” It was so popular that by 1860 Cuba was home to more than 1000 distilleries. Join us for a deeper look into the fascinating history of Cuba’s national drink, and for a taste of some of her finest rums.
Afternoon: More of our Cuban Staff Want to Meet and Greet You
Get together again with different members of our Cuban staff. Ask them about their experiences growing up and living in Cuba, and answer questions they might have about life in the USA. You should also feel free to ask them whatever questions you have after experiencing the real Cuba in vibrant Santiago de Cuba. Expect to make new friends and hear how they live, play, and work in Cuba.
Late Afternoon: Legendary Journeys Reception
Private lounge (beverages based on your drink package) as you meet other Legendary Journeys Cuba Cruise guests hosted by your Legendary Journeys Tour Manager. Learn about some more specifics about your upcoming events for the cruise.
Evening: Let’s Learn “Cuban”
Join Professor Arocha for an in-depth discussion on what makes Cuba different from her Latin American neighbors. Whether it’s the Spanish spoken in Cuba, her literature, her music, her cuisine…Cuba is a singular place, and Professor Arocha will take you on a brief tour of what makes her unique, followed by a question and answer session.
Evening: Dance Like a Real Cuban: It’s Cha Cha time!
Everybody Loves to Cha Cha Cha! The cha-cha-cha is a Cuban dance created in 1953 by Cuban composer and violinist Enrique Jorrin. The cha-cha-cha is a fast ballroom dance similar to the mambo – it follows a rhythmic pattern based upon a quick three-step movement, cha-cha-cha. Let us give a bit of the history of Cuban Terpsichore and teach you how to dance an authentic cha-cha-cha!
MONDAY / DAY 8: ARRIVE HAVANA (9:30 am) / Fly home
Today you arrive back in Havana as your Cuba cruise comes to an end. Transfer to the airport (if you purchased air through Legendary Journeys) for your flight home.
- 8 DAY CRUISE on CELESTYAL CRYSTAL
- GUESTS WORLDWIDE CAN PARTICIPATE: Airfare is available to Havana from many USA and other gateways to participate in this trip. We can provide hotel & transfers before or after the tour. See Pricing Tab and ask your Legendary Journeys agent for details.
- FREE "ALL IN BEVERAGE PACKAGE" IS INCLUDED: (A $300 Value). You can upgrade to unlimited Alcohol for just $99 and unlimited Premium Alcohol for just $149. And this is for the ENTIRE CRUISE! You will find that other guests aboard ship will pay $300 to $500 (depending on the plan) for these packages. It provides you significant value.
- FREE EDUCATIONAL SHORE EXCURSION TOURS IN EVERY PORT OF CALL: Excursions are offered in every port and are nothing short of extraordinary. Utilizing local guides, experts, onboard naturalists and Cuba’s incredible natural diversity, we help you “Find Your Cuba”. Available excursions can be enlightening, cultural, historical and adventurous. All excursions are included for all passengers on the ship. These programs will include the best of sightseeing, educational programs and more to experience the people, the history, the understanding of Cuba.
- SPECIAL PEOPLE TO PEOPLE CUBA EDUCATIONAL PROGRAM: Cubans will come aboard your cruise for special programs to prepare you for the Culture, the History, the People of this historic island. It will be the PERFECT WAY to experience Cuba, before the world comes! This cruise is administered by a special program through the Treasury Department with an appointed operator of the People To People Educational & Humanitarian Program for US Citizens to Cuba. Legendary Journeys is a TRAVEL AGENCY selling this program for the Celestyal Cruise Lines and the appointed operator. Your participation in this special cruise acknowledges that Legendary Journeys is the seller of travel for Celestyal Cruise Lines and their People To People tour operator. A complete list of the included People To People excursions will be available in late Summer.
- $99 LowCost AIR IS AVAILABLE from South Florida Airports (Legendary Journeys will choose Ft Lauderdale or Miami) to Havana or $199 from Tampa or Orlando (other cities on request). For the December 18th (Christmas) Departure South Florida $249; or $349 from Tampa/Orlando. For the December 25th (Christmas/New Years) Departure South Florida $349; or $449 from Tampa/Orlando. When Legendary Journeys handles your airfare ALL TRANSFERS are included making your experience easy and seamless. (Upgrade to $49 Premium Air plus flight change costs and you can select the number of stops, the times, the airlines, or any flight preferences. This option is VERY HIGHLY recommended to get your EXACT flight preferences. Ask your Legendary Journeys agent for details). TRANSFERS ARE AVAILABLE for $59 for guests making their own air arrangements. Roundtrip transfers will be roundtrip between the Havana airport and cruise ship.
PLEASE NOTE: Many air gateways in the Western USA & Canada will require a redeye overnight flight to Havana to join the cruise. You will be departing the day before sailing departure to meet the ship. IF you prefer, you may fly and arrive the day before sailing and your Legendary Journeys agent can assist you with transfers and hotel accommodations the night before your Cuba cruise. Disembarkation can be slow in Havana and disembarkation will not begin until approximately 9:30 am.
VALID PASSPORT AND AMISTUR/MONDIAL SUPPLEMENTAL INSURANCE IS REQUIRED FOR THIS TRIP (NOTE: most air tickets to Havana already include the mandatory Cuban medical supplement).
2017 LOW SEASON RATES: June 5, 12, 19, 26; November 6, 13, 20 (Thanksgiving), 27; December 11, 18 (Christmas), 25 (Christmas/New Years)
Category ROS Inside $1099
Category IA Inside $1269
Category IB Inside $1299
Category IC Inside $1359
Category ID Inside $1389
Category IE Inside $1409
Category XA Outside $1469
Category XBO Outside $1439
Category XB Outside $1489
Category XC Outside $1579
Category XD Outside $1609
Category XF Outside $1689
Category SBJ Mini Suite $1799
Category S Suite $1889
Category SB Suite $2129
Category SI Suite $2499
3rd/4th Adult Inside $929 NO check discount for 3rd/4th guests
3rd/4th Adult Outside $1019 NO check discount for 3rd/4th guests
3rd/4th Child Inside $739 NO check discount for 3rd/4th guests
3rd/4th Child Outside $759 NO check discount for 3rd/4th guests
2017 MID SEASON RATES: April 17, 24; May 1, 8, 15, 22, 29; September 4, 11, 18, 25; October 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
Category ROS Inside $1299
Category IA Inside $1399
Category IB Inside $1429
Category IC Inside $1489
Category ID Inside $1499
Category IE Inside $1549
Category XA Outside $1629
Category XBO Outside $1579
Category XB Outside $1649
Category XC Outside $1759
Category XD Outside $1799
Category XF Outside $1899
Category SBJ Mini Suite $2019
Category S Suite $2109
Category SB Suite $2409
Category SI Suite $2849
3rd/4th Adult Inside $999 NO check discount for 3rd/4th guests
3rd/4th Adult Outside $1139 NO check discount for 3rd/4th guests
3rd/4th Child Inside $769 NO check discount for 3rd/4th guests
3rd/4th Child Outside $809 NO check discount for 3rd/4th guests
2017 HIGH SEASON RATES: July 3, 10, 17, 24, 31; August 7, 14, 21, 28
Category ROS Inside $1399
Category IA Inside $1439
Category IB Inside $1479
Category IC Inside $1549
Category ID Inside $1559
Category IE Inside $1619
Category XA Outside $1699
Category XBO Outside $1649
Category XB Outside $1729
Category XC Outside $1839
Category XD Outside $1879
Category XF Outside $1979
Category SBJ Mini Suite $2119
Category S Suite $2219
Category SB Suite $2539
Category SI Suite $3019
3rd/4th Adult Inside $1039 NO check discount for 3rd/4th guests
3rd/4th Adult Outside $1149 NO check discount for 3rd/4th guests
3rd/4th Child Inside $789 NO check discount for 3rd/4th guests
3rd/4th Child Outside $839 NO check discount for 3rd/4th guests
All rates are per person, double occupancy. Single Supplements are 200% Double Rate.
Rates were valid on Febraury 27, 2017 and are subject to change
- OPTIONAL PRE/POST TOUR - HAVANA First Class INN (3 star with Private bathroom) 1 Night: Rates include transfers from Airport to hotel; 1 night accommodations; transfers from hotel to pier
$99 Double; $198 Single; $79 for 3rd/4th Guests
- OPTIONAL PRE/POST TOUR - HAVANA First Class HOTEL (3 star with Private bathroom) 1 Night: Rates include transfers from Airport to hotel; 1 night accommodations; transfers from hotel to pier
$129 Double; $258 Single; $99 for 3rd/4th Guests
- OPTIONAL PRE/POST TOUR - HAVANA Superior HOTEL (4 star with Private bathroom) 1 Night: Rates include transfers from Airport to hotel; 1 night accommodations; transfers from hotel to pier
$169 Double; $338 Single; $129 for 3rd/4th Guests
- OPTIONAL PRE/POST TOUR - HAVANA Best Available HOTEL (5 star with Private bathroom) 1 Night: Rates include transfers from Airport to hotel; 1 night accommodations; transfers from hotel to pier
$199 Double; $398 Single; $149 for 3rd/4th Guests
- OPTIONAL PRE/POST TOUR - HAVANA First Class INN (3 star with Private bathroom) 2 Night: Rates include transfers from Airport to hotel; 1 night accommodations; transfers from hotel to pier
$179 Double; $358 Single; $99 for 3rd/4th Guests
- OPTIONAL PRE/POST TOUR - HAVANA First Class HOTEL (3 star with Private bathroom) 2 Night: Rates include transfers from Airport to hotel; 2 night accommodations; transfers from hotel to pier
$229 Double; $458 Single; $149 for 3rd/4th Guests
- OPTIONAL PRE/POST TOUR - HAVANA Superior HOTEL (4 star with Private bathroom) 2 Night: Rates include transfers from Airport to hotel; 2 night accommodations; transfers from hotel to pier
$299 Double; $598 Single; $199 for 3rd/4th Guests
- OPTIONAL PRE/POST TOUR - HAVANA Best Available HOTEL (5 star with Private bathroom) 2 Night: Rates include transfers from Airport to hotel; 2ON night accommodations; transfers from hotel to pier
$398 Double; $798 Single; $299 for 3rd/4th Guests
GOVERNMENT TAXES, VENDOR FEES & ONBOARD GRATUITIES: are an additional $299
(and these fees will be shown separately on your invoice.)
ONBOARD GRATUITIES: are an additional $75
Your on board gratuities will be collected by Legendary Journeys and pre-paid on your behalf to the cruise line.
CHECK DISCOUNT: You may deduct $100 for this form of payment.
PAYMENTS: $700 deposit due upon booking.
Final Payment due 120 days prior to departure.
Deposit is non refundable
120 - 91 days prior 50%
90 - 61 days prior 75%
Within 60 days 100%
CANCELLATION INSURANCE IS HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
NOTE: The Cuban Government requires a special supplemental medical insurance policy issued by Cuban authorities. This policy is for use only while in Cuba and only when using Cuban medical services. This policy is approximately $30 - $50 but is generally INCLUDED in the cost of USA flights to Cuba. Legendary Journeys will advise you approximately 30 days prior to departure if any further action is required. IT IS IMPERATIVE our guests understand this Cuban supplemental policy DOES NOT protect you from cancellation penalties, trip interruption and most importantly EMERGENCY MEDICAL TRANSPORTATION from Cuba to USA. Legendary Journeys continues to advise that Trip Cancellation & Interruption Insurance is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED for travel to Cuba.
IMPORTANT NOTE ON CANCELLATION AND MEDICAL INSURANCE: Your home health insurance policy does NOT provide you any coverage while on this trip. It is a HIGHLY RECOMMENDED that you have proof of Cancellation and Medical Insurance upon entry. You MUST purchase AMISTUR/MONDIAL - a Cuban supplemental insurance policy - to participate in this cruise. THIS IS A REQUIREMENT OF THE CUBAN GOVERNMENT. However, the small cost of this medical supplement is include in most airline tickets to Havana.
ABOUT CELESTYAL CRYSTAL CRUISE SHIP:
Onboard the intimate Celestyal Crystal, enjoy impeccable service, authentic local cuisine, fabulous Cuban nightlife and the warm hospitality of the Celestyal Cruises brand.
All 480 staterooms are equipped with shower, private bathroom, telephone, hairdryer and TV. Ship can accommodate a maximum 1,200 passengers on board.
On board Celestyal Crystal you will enjoy our delicious variety at the Leda & Aura Casual Dining Restaurant, or dine in one of two main restaurants, Almalthia or Olympus Restaurants. Enjoy the sun and sea breeze at Helios Pool Bar, enjoy the excitement at the Muses Show Lounge and Horizons Bar & Disco, and take in the fantastic view of the starlit night and endless ocean. Other facilities feature the Casino, Internet Corner, Conference Rooms, Photo Gallery, Agora Duty Free & Travel Value Shop, swimming pool, jacuzzi, fitness center, beauty salon, spa & massage. The vessel is fully air-conditioned, has stabilizers, telephone, fax, satellite telephone and a physician on board.
9 Passenger Decks - can accommodate maximum 1,200 passengers and has 480 staterooms (53 with balcony) shower, private bathroom, telephone, hairdryer and television. 3 Restaurants, 4 Bars/Lounges and Disco, Casino, Internet Corner, Conference Rooms, Photo Shop, Muses Show Lounge, Agora Duty Free & Travel Value Shop, swimming pool, jacuzzi, fitness center, beauty salon, spa & massage, fully air-conditioned, stabilizers, telephone, fax, satellite telephone, and a physician on board.
Gross Tons ||
This city of 2 million people is one of the great historical cities of the New World. A throwback in time, it displays a combination of colonialism, capitalism, and Communism blended into one. We have two full days to explore this city.
Be sure to take special note as we sail into and out of Havana as we sail past the magnificent colonial era forts that guard the entrance.
Our meal tonight will be showcasing a variety of traditional Cuban food. Cuban cuisine is a fusion of Spanish, African and Caribbean recipes, and the result is a unique and flavorful blend of several cultural influences. We have gone to great lengths to deliver an incredible onboard food experience while you travel Cuba, and tonight will be no exception. Dine with fellow passengers, before retiring! Enjoy your time in Havana!
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 until 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. It was 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. Both a cigar factory, and rum distillery can be found in Santiago.
This region has the largest concentration of Afro-Cubans and is the center for Afro-Cuban culture. No doubt this has influenced the proliferation of music from the area over the centuries. Several music venues are to be found here, showcasing the diverse range and forms of Cuban music. There is even an outlet of the Tropicana night club.
We arrive at Santiago de Cuba after breakfast and will spend the entire day here. You will have several options to experience the region through onshore excurions and venturing off on your own. You may return to the ship at any time to relax and take a break. Dinner will be served onboard, but you are free to stay in town for a meal with live music accompaniment. We are here until midnight, so there is lots of time to have fun onshore.
Cienfuegos & Trinidad
Enjoy the beautiful City of Cienfuegos and view the impressive Castillo de Jagua: a fortress erected in 1745 for protection against Caribbean pirates.
Visit the Colonial village of Trinidad, a UNESCO world cultural heritage site. Bask in the warmth of the people and the charming cobblestone streets.
TRAVEL REQUIREMENTS FOR THIS TRIP:
- A VALID PASSPORT IS REQUIRED FOR THIS TRIP
To enter Cuba you must have a passport that is valid for at least six months after the last day of your visit.
- AMISTUR/MONDIAL SUPPLEMENTAL INSURANCE POLICY IS REQUIRED TO ENTER CUBA ($44 per person)
Guests MUST HAVE a supplemental insurance policy backed by the official Cuba agency AMISTUR. This supplemental policy covers additional medical, and emergency medical while in Cuba AND IS REQUIRED BY THE CUBAN GOVERNMENT. This policy is a MANDATORY supplement to existing insurance policies that are available through insurance providers outside of Cuba. We are advised that Cuban Authorities may deny any guest entry into Cuba that do not have this supplemental policy. PLEASE NOTE: THIS IS NOT MEDICAL / CANCELLATION INSURANCE. LEGENDARY JOURNEYS HIGHLY RECOMMENDS CANCELLATION INSURANCE.