Explore and tour Cuba by land and sea!

8-Day, Impressions of Cuba, People to People Program aboard the yachts M/Y Variety Voyager or the M/Y Callisto

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It has never been easier to go back in time to a place so rooted in culture and history. Now US Citizens and all may circumnavigate Cuba aboard the M/Y Variety Voyager or the M/Y Callisto on a People-to-People program that allows you to step back in time to a country that has been closed to most United States residents for half a century. You'll explore the western part of the island nation famous for its culture, music, art and warm people.

Experience a harmonious balance between conventional cruising and private yachting, along with an exciting voyage of discovery, unravelling the wonders of the Cuba that await to be discovered. Each day you will discover a new port of call, a hidden cove with crystal blue waters to cool you and rich cultural diversity to intrigue you. The colonial cities of Cienfuegos and Trinidad, the verdant landscapes of Vinales / Pinar del Rio and the crystal clear seas and amazing underwater life in Cayo Largo.
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Trip Highlights include:
  • People-to-People interaction and meaningful exchanges with locals
  • Small-ship ambiance
  • Up close and personal cruising to unique ports
  • All outside cabins
  • All meals starting with lunch on Day 1 through breakfast on Day 8, both onboard and at local restaurants
  • A salsa lesson or two
  • Old Havana and the renovation of it’s historic architecture
  • Cayo Largo, a limestone island of mangroves and salt pans
  • Trinidad, the meticulously well-preserved Spanish colonial city
  • Cienfuegos, the Pearl of the South, with it’s cluster of Neoclassical structures
  • Guanahacabibes National Park
  • No packing & unpacking to change hotels
  • All meals from arrival in Cuba to breakfast on day of departure
  • Transportation as per itinerary including airport transfers
  • Mandatory Cuban medical insurance
  • Cuban visa acquired
  • Round-trip airfare from Miami to Cuba arranged

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CUBA

Cuba is the largest island in the Antilles and the Caribbean. It is an ontrincate archipelago comprising the main island (about two-thirds the size of Florida), the Isle of Youth, and about 4,195 key (cayos) and islets.

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One of the Caribbean’s most enchanting sailing areas, Cuba has it all—natural marvels, gorgeous weather and historical charm. The first known sailor to drop anchor off this green-and-blue isle was Christopher Columbus, who in 1492 declared it “the most beautiful land human eyes have seen”. Ernest Hemingway spent three decades tooting around the Cuban keys in his fishing boat, the Pilar, then immortalized them in his novels, The Old Man and the Sea and Islands in the Stream. And Fidel Castro sailed the Cuban seas in his cabin cruiser, the Granma.

Much treasure lies beneath the unpolluted waters of the Cuban archipelago, which offers through-water visibility of 30 to 40 metres. Home to more than 500 varieties of fish, crustaceans, sponges, mollusks and coral, Cuba’s ecosystem is one of the most treasured in the Caribbean. And the wrecks of several 17th- and 18th-century Spanish galleons carrying valuable cargo provide treasure-hunting of a different sort.

Cuba has well preserved ecosystems, variegated landscapes and a vast array of flora and fauna make Cuba an exceptional Caribbean destination for nature lovers. Four per cent of the world’s land species live on the Cuban archipelago. It is home to some 6,700 species of higher plants (about half of which are native) as well as 14,000 species of invertebrates and 650 vertebrates—including 350 bird species. Among Cuba’s countless gems are the world’s smallest frog (Eleutherodactylus limbatus, only 12 millimeters long) and tiniest bird (Mellisuga helenae—the bee hummingbird, some 63 millimeters long).

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There is magic in Cuban cities. The architectural diversity covers over five centuries of construction styles with buildings that go from colonial, pre baroque to the post modern and modern movement. Some exhibit an almost perfect layout, while others show mysterious labyrinths. Many of Cuba’s cities are almost museum-like and include World Heritage Sites.

From the ocean, enormous fortresses welcome a visitor; and once walking the streets a traveler can see the vitality, in addition to the usual noise, its cobble stone avenues, its columns, balconies, arches and its different constructions. All of these areas have become a space for a photo or simply a stop in front of such well conserved beauty. It is a trip back in time where each stone and construction has much to say, many secrets to unveil.

Cuba is surprising as its locations. Walking them is to coexist in time and space with the admirable past that is distinguished in the architecture and its memory, living closely as an artistic element in its facilities. Enjoying its culture is to enter in the soul of a beautiful and changing island that unfolds in dances, music, arts, theater, literature, cinema and culinary arts.

Speaking of the culinary, Cuban food is a combination of African, Spanish, Chinese, Italian and indigenous or native ingredients and recipes. A true mix of cultures for the palate. The geographical features of the country favor the abundance of seafood, cattle and sheep or pig meat. Various fresh vegetables, legumes, tubers and fruits are also available. The national dish is rice, black beans, seasonal salad, roast or juice pork and fried plantains. Throughout the island there are also the "Paladares", or private restaurants and cafes assuring visitors unforgettable moments.

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8-Day, Cuba Yacht Cruise

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M/Y Callisto Departures & Rates starting in April 2017
April 8, 15, 22, 29 May 6, 2017
Category P Cabin $5,090
per person, in double occupancy
Category A Cabin $4,790
per person, in double occupancy
Category B Cabin $4,190
per person, in double occupancy
Category C Cabin $3,890
per person, in double occupancy

Notes:
1. Flights from Miami-Cuba-Miami of $599 per person not included - to be added to cruise cost.
2. Port taxes of $490 per person (for the Voyager) & $410 per person (for the Callisto) not included - to be added to cruise cost.
3. Cuban Visa application fee of $75 per person not included - to be added to cruise cost.
4. Reservations require a 25% per person deposit and final payment is due 60 days prior to departure.
5. Cancelation Terms: If your cancellation request is received more than 120 days prior to your initial sailing date, a $500 non-refundable administrative fee will be charged per booking. Cancellation requests received within: 120 – 91 days prior to the initial sailing date, 50% of the total cruise fare per person; 90–0 days prior to the initial sailing date or nonappearance at the time of sailing, 100% of the total cruise fare per person.
6. Due to flight times, we offer pre and post hotel accommodations at Sofitel Miami Airport hotel at an additional cost. Estimate $140 per person in double room.
7. Operated under the Department of the Treasury, Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) authorized People to People programs to Cuba, Group IST License (#CT-2014-309395-1). U.S. regulations do not permit people-to-people travel to Cuba by sea for U.S. Citizens, but once in Cuba, U.S. travelers may travel between destinations by boat and may use the vessel while engaged in people-to-people activities.
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On the ship
• Accommodation in double or twin cabins with private SH/WC & air conditioning
• Full-board: American buffet breakfast and two meals daily, including a Welcome Cocktail, and Captain’s Dinner
• Regular (filter) coffee, tea and still mineral water free all day
• Services of our Cruise Coordinator on and off the ship
Land program in Cuba
• All excursions and meals off the ship as per program with local Guides
• All transfers in Cuba and airport transfer from hotel to airport if applicable

The cruise fares
do not include:
• Visa cost - $75 - Received at the airport at time of check in.
• Departure tax ( some airlines include it in their tickets fares)
• Cost of flight – Varies with the season
• Certain tips for restaurant waiting staff and drivers
• Beverages (except those mentioned above)
• Crew tips and Tour Director crew tips
• Passenger personal expenses

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M/Y Variety Voyager Cuba Cruise 8-day Itinerary

Havana to Cienfuegos, 7 nights aboard ship


DAY 1, SATURDAY: MIAMI - HAVANA

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Arrive in Havana where you will be met and assisted by a member of our team. Our People to People program begins immediately with an overview of this exciting city, including the Plaza de la Revolucion, followed by a visit to Finca Vigia, beloved home of Ernest Hemingway where he lived for 21 years. After lunch in a traditional paladar, we will visit a very unique nostalgic car garage to view just how the Cubans manage to creatively keep those old American cars in such fine working condition. Then enjoy a performance by the musicians and dancers of the Havana Compas Dance Group before we continue to the pier for embarkation on the Voyager, followed by a boat drill and welcome briefing. Overnight in Sierra Maestra Port – Old Havana.

DAY 2, SUNDAY: HAVANA

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After breakfast, disembark for a walking exploration of Old Havana, a mixture of beautiful old baroque and neo-classical monuments, arcades and private balconies. We will stop at Fusterlandia, studio of artist Jose Rodriguez Fuster. The brightly colored mermaids, roofs, walls, benches, and doorways are greatly inspired by Gaudi in Barcelona and Brancusi in Rome, but most of all by Picasso and Dubuffet. Lunch will be at another of Cuba's paladares, followed by a stop at the Merger Art Studio to view some magnificent sculptures and beautiful paintings before we continue to the San Jose Arts and Crafts Market. After a wonderful dinner ashore, time to celebrate at the famous and historical Tropicana nightclub show. Overnight in Sierra Maestra Port – Old Havana.

DAY 3, MONDAY: AT SEA

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Early morning sailing around Western Cuba for a day at sea toward the Isla de la Juventud, the second largest island in Cuba and the seventh largest island in the West Indies. Our Cruise Director and local guide will conduct informative programs and lectures about Cuba and its people, explaining the meaningful exchanges that will be taking place during the People to People program. Overnight at sea to Juventud Island - Singuanea Bay.

DAY 4, TUESDAY: ISLA JUVENTUD

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Until 1977, the island was called the Isle of Pines. In 1978 Fidel Castro turned the island into one grand Communist school for students from around the world and thus the Island of Youth. Disembark on the beach and board the bus for the short drive, enjoying panoramic sightseeing and a tour of the Presidio Modelo, an abandoned panopticon prison where both Fidel and Raul Castro were imprisoned from 1953-1955. Enjoy lunch in an authentic local restaurant before visiting an art school and the maternity ward of a local hospital. There will be some free time for independent exploration and enjoyment around Nueva Gerona’s grand boulevard before returning to embark the ship. Overnight at sea to Cayo Largo.

DAY 5, WEDNESDAY: CAYO LARGO

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Disembark in mid-morning ready for our People to People activities. Visit the local clinic to discuss the medical system in Cuba and engage with the local doctors and nurses. Visit the Sea Turtle Breeding Center and Endangered Species Protection program. There will be time for some snorkeling and swimming to explore the coral reef in open sea. Overnight at sea to Casilda /Trinidad.

DAY 6, THURSDAY: TRINIDAD

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Today we visit Trinidad, a meticulously well-preserved Spanish colonial city. With its rich architecture, cobblestone streets, palaces and plazas, it is sometimes referred to as the "Museum City of Cuba." We will walk through the town, and then meet with a representative of the Office of the City, interacting with residents along the way. Stop at the Romantic Museum located in the old palace of the Count Brunet. Visit the studio of Lazaro, a very unique woodcarver. Lunch at a local restaurant. Midafternoon we sail for Cienfuegos and arrive by nightfall. Farewell Dinner. Overnight in Cienfuegos port onboard Voyager.


DAY 7, FRIDAY: CIENFUEGOS

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Enjoy breakfast onboard before disembarking for our visit to Cienfuegos, founded by French settlers and thus with a unique architecture. Cienfuegos is also known as the Pearl of the South and was declared a UNESCO World Heritage site. Visit the graphic arts workshop and the Benny More School of Art. Walk around the city center and admire outstanding examples of French neo classical architecture from the 19th Century. A special treat will be a concert by the singers of the Chorus of Cienfuegos, or string quartet. After lunch we will stroll around the city, meet the locals, and visit the galleries and the local market. Overnight in port.

DAY 8, SATURDAY: CIENFUEGOS - MIAMI

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After breakfast onboard, transfer by bus from Cienfuegos to Abel Santamaria Airport, Santa Clara for the return flight to Miami.
Note: This itinerary may be subject to change as a result of weather and other factors not in our control. Our vessels have been granted the longest stays of any cruise boats in the port of Havana. Since space at the dock itself is severely limited, this itinerary might involve a combination of having to tender in to shore, as well as docking at one of only two piers.
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M/Y Variety Voyager Cuba Cruise 8-day Itinerary

Cienfuegos to Havana, 7 nights aboard ship


DAY 1, SATURDAY: MIAMI - CIENFUEGOS

Arrival, meeting and assistance by a member of our team. Board our buses for your panoramic tour of Cienfuegos. Located about 250 km from Havana on the Southern tip of Cuba, this city is the only one in Cuba to be founded by French settlers. It is also known as the Pearl of the South. In 2005 it was declared a UNESCO World Heritage site. Lunch today will be at Los Laureles, or similar. After lunch, we will be treated to salsa lessons and a performance by the singers of the Chorus of Cienfuegos, or by a string quartet. Visit the Graphic Arts Workshop, and have a walking tour of the city center and Parque Marti to see some outstanding examples of its architecture representing the new ideas of modernity and urban planning as developed in Latin America from the 19th Century. We'll also stop at a local fruit and vegetable market. Continue to the pier for embarkation on the M/V Variety Voyager. Boat drill and welcome briefing. Dinner on board. Overnight sail to Casilda/Trinidad.

DAY 2, SUNDAY: TRINIDAD

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Disembark for our excursion in Trinidad. A meticulously well-preserved Spanish colonial city, with its rich architecture, cobblestone streets, palaces and plazas, it is sometimes referred to as the ‘Museum City of Cuba.” This morning we will walk through the town and then meet with a representative of the Office of the City Historian, interacting with residents along the way. We will attend a presentation and visit a scale model of the city. Stop at the Romantic Museum located in the old palace of the Count Brunet, with samples of furniture and decorative arts, or the Palacio Cantero Museum. Visit the studio of Lazaro, a very unique woodcarver and take part in a sightseeing tour of this UNESCO World Heritage site. Lunch at a typical Cuban Restaurant, or similar followed by leisure time before returning to the Voyager for embarkation. Dinner on board. Overnight at sea to Cayo Largo.

DAY 3, MONDAY: CAYO LARGO

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Disembark in Cayo Largo ready for our People to People activities. Visit the local clinic to discuss the medical system in Cuba and engage with the local doctors and nurses. Visit the Sea Turtle Breeding Center and Endangered Species Protection program. There will be time for some snorkeling on the coral reef in open waters before enjoying lunch, which will be either on shore or on board the Voyager. Overnight at sea to Isla de la Juventud, Bay of Singuanea.
DAY 4, TUESDAY: ISAL JUVENTUD

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Until 1977, the island was called the Isle of Pines. In 1978 Fidel Castro turned the island into one grand Communist school for students from around the world and thus the Island of Youth. Disembark on the beach and board the bus for the short drive, enjoying panoramic sightseeing and a tour of the Presidio Modelo, an abandoned panopticon prison where both Fidel and Raul Castro were imprisoned from 1953-1955. Enjoy lunch in an authentic local restaurant before visiting an art school and the maternity ward of a local hospital. There will be some free time for independent exploration and enjoyment around Nueva Gerona’s grand boulevard before returning to embark the ship.
DAY 5, WEDNESDAY: AT SEA

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Enjoy the on board amenities as the Voyager makes her way toward Havana. Cuba's capital, Havana is the largest city in the Caribbean. A vacation hot spot before the Communist Revolution, Havana is once again becoming a popular tourist destination. Rich in colonial history and celebrated culture, it is no wonder that figures such as Ernest Hemingway put down roots. On board the Voyager there are movies about Cuba, and the Cruise Director and local guide will conduct informative programs and lectures about Cuba and its people, explaining the meaningful exchanges that will be taking place during the People to People program. Enjoy the on board amenities as the Voyager makes her way toward Havana for an evening arrival. Overnight in Sierra Maestra Port – Old Havana.
DAY 6, THURSDAY: HAVANA

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After breakfast, disembark for a walking exploration of Old Havana. Founded in 1519 by the Spanish, Havana became one of the most important ship building centers in the Caribbean, around which a sprawling metropolis grew. Now numbering a population of 2 million, it is a mixture of beautiful old baroque and neo-classical monuments, arcades and private balconies. Old Havana is considered one of the most impressive historical city centers in the Caribbean and in the Americas. We will stop at Fusterlandia, studio of artist Jose Rodriguez Fuster. His brightly colored mermaids, roofs, walls, benches, doorways and roosters stretch across houses and adorn the entire area. It is said that he was greatly inspired by Gaudi in Barcelona and Brancusi in Rome, but most of all by Picasso and Dubuffet. Lunch will be at one of Cuba's delicious paladares, a small, privately owned Cuban restaurant serving traditional Cuban food, followed by a stop at the Merger Art Studio to view some magnificent sculptures and beautiful paintings before we continue to the San Jose Arts and Crafts Market. Here, in an old 1885 warehouse near the pier, you will find wonderful gifts from carvings, shirts, art, music and more. After a wonderful dinner ashore, time to celebrate at the famous Tropicana nightclub show. Return to the Voyager. Overnight in Sierra Maestra Port – Old Havana.

DAY 7, FRIDAY: HAVANA

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Disembark for a visit the University of Havana, followed by a visit to Finca Vigia, beloved home of Ernest Hemingway, where he lived for 21 years and wrote For Whom the Bell Tolls and The Old Man and the Sea. Stop to enjoy a lunch at another paladar before continuing to a very unique nostalgic car garage to view just how the Cubans manage to creatively keep those old cars in such fine working condition. Then it's a short drive back to Havana for an exciting performance from the Havana Compass dance troupe. These gifted percussionists use drums, chairs, and anything they can find to beat out magnificent dance rhythms, weaving a colorful and exciting dance performance that you are sure to enjoy and long remember. Return to the Voyager for special Farewell Dinner and overnight on board. Overnight in Sierra Maestra Port – Old Havana.

DAY 8, SATURDAY: HAVANA - MIAMI

After breakfast on board, disembark the Variety Voyager for transfer to the airport and the short return flight to Miami.

Note: This itinerary may be subject to change as a result of weather and other factors not in our control. Our vessels have been granted the longest stays of any cruise boats in the port of Havana. Since space at the dock itself is severely limited, this itinerary might involve a combination of having to tender in to shore, as well as docking at one of only two piers.
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Flight times (based on current schedules - subject to change )
Note: Please coordinate Miami flight connection’s dates and time before purchase unless overnighting in Miami before and after.

MIAMI / HAVANA, Saturdays
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Check-in no later than 7am / Depart 10am / Arrive Havana 11am

MIAMI / CIENFUEGOS, Saturdays
Check-in no later than 9am / Depart 12noon / Arrive Cienfuegos 1pm

HAVANA / MIAMI, Saturdays
Depart 12Noon / Arrive Miami 1pm

CIENFUEGOS / MIAMI, Saturdays
Depart 2pm / Arrive Miami 3pm

Note: Flight check-in at Miami is very early. We offer pre and post hotel accommodations at the Double Tree Miami Airport Hotel at an additional cost.

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M/Y Variety Voyager
Ship Specifications & Deck Plan

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The new build 68m/223ft state of the art Mega Yacht accommodates just 72 passengers in 36 cabins. Built in 2012 under the latest International “Safety of Life At Sea” (SOLAS 2010) regulations and classified by RINA, the Variety Voyager guarantees guests safety with incomparable comfort and elegance.

Main Lounge: Located on the Main deck, right off the reception area, the Main Lounge is gracefully designed and finished with wood panels. There is ample seating space for moments of pleasure or relaxation and modern AV equipment for presentations. The mini library just off the Main Lounge, offers a variety of books and magazines.

Dining Room: Located on the Horizons deck, the glass enclosed dining room seats 75 passengers and allows for spectacular views around you, while dining in an elegant environment. It extends to the adjacent open deck dining room, also seating 50 passengers and allowing for breakfast, lunch or dinner to be taken “al fresco”. Food is served at the table or displayed on the state of the art hot & cold buffet which also includes an “a la minute cooking” section.

The Oceans Bar & Lounge: Located on the Ocean’s Deck, the open Bar and Lounge offers stylish shaded seating and is the ideal spot for reading, relaxing or dancing under the stars until the late hours at the sound of our resident DJ/entertainer.

The Spa & Fitness Suite: Located at the Marina Deck, it offers Massage, Sauna and some fitness equipment. Our Balinese Spa Supervisor also provides hair, face and nails treatments.

The Sun Deck: Sun loungers are available to sunbathe in total comfort while enjoying drinks served from the Oceans Bar.

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The Cabins

The 68m Variety Voyager accomodates up to 72 guests in 36 cabins. 28 cabins are located at the Marina and Riviera Decks and 8 staterooms at the Horizons Deck. Cabins and staterooms sizes range from 16 to 20 m2 /170 to 216 sq.ft. Cabins at the Marina deck feature two oversized portholes and cabins at the Riviera and Horizons deck feature large windows. All cabins have individually controlled A/C and ventilation, minibars, flat screen TV’s, DVD players and all the amenities of a luxury ship. Bathrooms are finished with warm marble and Corian materials.

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M/Y Callisto
Ship Specifications & Deck Plan

The Callisto

Launched/Rebuilt: 2000/2005
Renovated: 2015-2016
Length: 50.00 meters
Breadth: 8.00 meters
Draft: 3.80 meters
Crew: 16-18 persons
Cruising speed: 10.00 knots
Cabins: 17

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The elegant Motor Yacht Callisto is true to her name: Elegant, classic. She was fully refit / rebuilt in 2000 and was thoroughly renovated in in 2015-16. This classy Motor Yacht has performed several Atlantic Ocean crossings, and has also sailed along the most interesting coastal sites of Europe, North and West Africa. The M/Y Callisto is of the “boutique” category of cruiser, and offers the highest standard of accommodation, comfort and safety. The yacht’s public areas are cozy and generous, decorated with rich fabrics, handsome woodwork, gleaming brass, antiques and fine works of art. During the day, life on board centres around the indoor and outdoor areas including the Upper deck Indoor and Outdoor lounge/bar and dining areas as well as the cosy Library located on the Sun Deck. The lounge/bar and dining room on the Upper deck are connected by the gallery, displaying exquisite art and adding to the overall feeling of elegance and style. In the evening you can relax in the ship’s lounge, enjoy a drink overlooking the stars or relax with a book in the library with its wraparound windows. The spacious lounge and bar area on the Upper Deck is surrounded by large picture windows and opens onto the Outdoor Dining area. The yacht features a broad Sun Deck for sunbathing and the swimming platform on Callisto’s stern enables you to swim off the ship when in sheltered bays. Service on board is provided by your Captain, the Cruise Coordinator and your experienced Marine and Hotel crew members.

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CUBA FAQ

PASSPORT & VISA

Each traveler must be in possession of a valid, signed passport that will remain valid for at least six months beyond completion of the entire trip. At this time visas ARE required for US citizens traveling to Cuba.

Previous to arriving in Miami you will be sent an application (with instructions) that is MANDATORY for ALL travelers to fill out. Once all travelers have filled out the application you will send them back to us with copies of your passports, to which we will forward to the Cuban ground operator to be processed. When you have sent back your completed visa application, your visa will be shipped to you.

Participants holding all other passports should check with the consulate for regulations and instructions.

HEALTH REGULATIONS

No vaccinations are required for entry into Cuba or return to the USA.

WEATHER

The Cuban climate is mild subtropical. Thanks to its proximity to the Tropic of Cancer and its narrow configuration, Cuba receives a refreshing action of trade winds and marine breezes. Average Fahrenheit temperatures are as follows:

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PACKING & CLOTHING

GENERAL SUGGESTIONS
Please travel as lightly as possible so as not to restrict space in your cabin. Soft bags are more practical than hard suitcases. Sports or casual clothes are more useful. Plenty of swimwear is required and a pullover or cardigan is recommended for cool evenings. Comfortable walking shoes are suggested when ashore. It is not necessary to bring such items as cutlery, cups, plates, glasses, etc., as vessels are fully equipped.

Be sure not to pack sharp items in your hand luggage. Pack things such as scissors, nail clippers, pocketknives or knitting needles in your checked luggage.

Always carry your travel documents, medication, jewelry, traveler's checks, keys and other valuables in your hand luggage. Items such as these should
NEVER be packed in luggage that you plan to check.

Bring all personal-care items with you. Many products can be bought, but purchasing them can be inconvenient. We suggest you carry toilet tissues with you on excursions.


CLOTHING
Dress onboard is very casual, however the “usual practice” for men is to wear long pants to meetings, exchanges and nicer restaurants. Ladies may want to bring a dress or pantsuit for the Farewell Dinner, and men may bring a sports jacket and tie for this evening.

Special Note
: Monasteries and churches do not admit people in shorts or bathing suits, shirtless men, or even women wearing sleeveless blouses. For women rules may even be stricter, a skirt or dress is a must, as you may not be allowed to visit some of the monasteries and religious sites in shorts or pants. These rules are not always followed to the letter. Bathing suits are prohibited from being worn on all archaeological sites.

VALUABLES

Jewelry, money, documents etc., should be deposited in the mini-safe in your cabin. The company and its personnel bear no responsibility for valuables kept by passengers.

HEALTH REQUIREMENTS

For safety reasons it is requested that physical disabilities of any kind be advised at time of reservation. It is understood that passengers requiring special attention or treatment will be traveling with their personal escorts. The company retains the right to refuse embarkation to any pregnant woman beyond the 6th month of pregnancy.

LAUNDRY

There is laundry service available on board the vessel. A price list is available onboard. Dry cleaning is not available.

AMENITIES

Hairdryer and a bathroom amenities kit are provided in your stateroom’s bathroom. The ship has a small library, board games and playing cards for your amusement.

CURRENCY

The currency in Cuba is Cuban Pesos. It is possible to convert dollars to Cuban Convertible Pesos (CUCs) at the airport. There is a kiosk before leaving the baggage area where money can be converted. The tour leader will assist in this as well. If you do not convert then, there are many places to convert money - for example, hotels, and the local Cuban guide will assist in this.

Credit cards are accepted on board (American Express, Visa & MasterCard) cruise including gratuities to the crew. With regard to the use of Credit or Debit cards in Cuba the following applies: No card issued by a bank that has any connection with the United States will be accepted in Cuba, although MasterCard now say said it will lift a block on U.S. bank-card transactions in Cuba after March 1st 2015:

Under the
new (Jan 16, 2015) regulations, American travelers to Cuba will be able to use an American credit card. However, it is not clear how long it will take for banks to begin offering the service. There are few ATMs in Cuba, and many establishments do not have the means to process credit card payments, so cash will be king for some time to come. You may also take pounds and euros, which get a better exchange rate in Cuba than the United States dollar.

LANGUAGE

On board, our crews speak English! The primary language in Cuba is Spanish and your tour guide is fluent in both Spanish and English.

ELECTRICITY

The power supply on the M/Y Variety Voyager is 220 volts AC, single phase, 50 cycles. Sockets are 2 pronged and round. If you wish to use appliances brought from home, you will need to carry an adapter for the plug and a voltage converter. Some adapters are onboard the ship if needed.

COMPUTERS & WIFI

There is WIFI and prices are posted onboard. Note however the speed is limited and also isn’t always available when in open sea.

TIME ZONE

Cuba is on Eastern Standard Time. When it is noon in New York and Miami, it is also noon in Havana, Cuba.

MEALS

There is an American breakfast buffet daily on board the ship. In addition, one additional meal is served aboard the vessel, either lunch or dinner, depending on the day’s program. Some of the lunches/dinners are served buffet style, while others are a set menu. Passengers may eat their second meal in local taverns or restaurants. Every attempt to meet special dietary requirements will be made provided that such a request is put in writing at least four weeks prior to sailing.

The vessel has a bar for your convenience and is fully stocked with soda, juice, beer, wine, liquor and champagne. A price list is available on board.

SAILING

The Panorama is a motor sailer. In most cases we dock at port, though sometimes we transfer to an island via tenders. The itinerary is subject to change as a result of weather conditions. Swim stops also depend on weather. The ship is not allowed to sail when winds exceed six beaufort.

CRUISE COORDINATOR

There is a cruise coordinator on board the Panorama. They will inform you of the daily program, including itineraries, meal schedules and possible optional shore excursions.

GRATUITY/TIPPING GUIDELINES

Tipping is completely discretionary, however, a range of reference would be a total of $90-120 per trip member for the Cruise Manager. The Cruise Manager will distribute the tip among cabin attendants, waiters, and other boat staff. Tips and drinks onboard can be paid by credit card.

For the Tour Manager who handles all logistics and programming on and off the boat, we recommend $50 per person and $50 per person for the local tour guide. The local guide is the only person who can be tipped in Convertible Cuban pesos (local Cuban money). Tipping to the Cruise and Tour Managers is accepted in U.S. dollars (or Euros) only. The amount is at your discretion and you can ask the Tour Manager on board for advice.

OTHER QUESTIONS
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1. Given the spending restrictions, how much money do you recommend bringing?
We suggest about $100 a day just in case, but of course, everyone is different. If you plan to purchase a lot of art, for example, the amount will be different. If not, you will mostly likely not spend that amount as many of the meals in the program are included.

2. I have heard that "licensed U.S. travelers" are allowed to bring back from Cuba $400 of merchandise of which $100 can be tobacco/alcohol. Does this apply to us?
Under the new (Jan 16, 2015) regulations, American travelers to Cuba may now bring back up to $400 worth of souvenirs, including $100 worth of cigars.

3. What is the luggage restrictions?
For your checked baggage, we recommend one bag with maximum of 50 lbs. Your carry bag should not be larger than 9”x14’x22”.

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You are welcome to call us anytime at 1-239-992-9660, or toll free at 800-446-9660 or email us at travel"at"GoExploring.com.
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