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CUBA CRUISE

9 Days, 8 Nights - Prices Starting at $4,999.00

This unique Blount land/cruise offers the chance to spend 4 nights aboard the Grande Caribe docked in Havana and 4 nights aboard the Grande Mariner sailing Cuba's southern coast. This itinerary version describes routing for those starting their trip in Havana, however activities described are available to all travelers regardless of where you begin your journey.

In Havana, Cienfuegos, Cayo Largo and Trinidad meaningful exchanges with locals introduce you to this historic island. Your authentic People-to-People cruise means you can enjoy the riches of Cuba from the comfort of your Blount ship. Spend four full days in Havana, Cuba’s colorful capital. On the southern coast, visit Cienfuegos with palm-tree lined beaches, elegant French spirit, and tasty Caribbean dishes. In northwestern Cuba in the Caribbean Sea, the resort island of Cayo Largo is bursting with living coral reefs perfect for snorkeling.

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Cuba Cruise, 9-Days Itinerary

Day 1.5 Havana
Day 1
Havana
Welcome to Havana where you will board the Grande Caribe for 4 nights while exploring this cultural hub and its scenic countryside. A mosaic of Spanish, French, and African heritages, enjoy Cuba’s art, music, food and architecture. A vir- tual rainbow of archways, and the colorful classic American cars that line its streets, Havana is alive with the sultry rhythm of salsa music, and the aromatic scent of cigars wafting on the air.

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Day 2
Havana
The magic and mystery of the Republic of Cuba comes alive through a journey of the senses as you explore the narrow roads of Old Havana, once a 17th century shipbuilding port and now a UNESCO World Heritage site. This lively, tropical city delights as you tour the main squares and sample locally-made chocolates and coffee. Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant before a salsa lesson and mojito demonstration. Tonight, dinner allows you to sample the foods of Havana.
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Day 3
Havana
Visit the small suburb of San Francisco de Paula just outside of Havana and discover Finca Vigia, Ernest Hemingway’s house where he penned Old Man & The Sea. After a local lunch, explore the brilliant work of Jose Fuster, a Cuban artist, sculptor and painter influenced by Gaudi. More than 80 homes in Fuster’s neighborhood have become a personal canvas where walls, water tanks, and benches are adorned in a mosaic of vibrant tiles and art. Tonight a delicious dinner onboard the ship precedes an optional excursion to the iconic Tropicana known around the world for its cabaret shows.
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Day 4
Havana
A scenic drive into the Cuban countryside takes you to Pinar del Rio, a rural landscape known as the mecca of tobacco. You will enjoy a very personal visit to a local farm in Vinales and learn first-hand from a working farmer about tobacco production and the drying process. Cuban hospitality abounds during a country luncheon at an organic farm. Savor regional dishes while overlooking the stunning vistas around the Valley of Silence.
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Day 5
Cienfuegos
Travel by motorcoach from Havana to the city of Cienfuegos, known as “the Pearl of the South.” Originally inhabited by the Taino, or indigenous people of the Caribbean and Florida,
this area was later settled by the French immigrants from Bordeaux and Louisiana. Here, palm trees line the wide streets and a French spirit combines with tasty Caribbean dishes. Visit the Benny More art school where you can interact with the area’s art students, take a walking tour of the Historic Center and enjoy a local lunch. Later, local artists from a graphic workshop will demonstrate their mastery of old print making techniques. Your afternoon ends with a performance by the prized Cienfuegos Choir.

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Cayo Largo
Cayo Largo, an island made of limestone millions of years ago, is bursting with living coral reefs. Here, off the northwestern part of Cuba in the Caribbean Sea, you delight in the impossibly clear waters. This afternoon you will visit a sea turtle breeding center and learn about the aquatic life that swim among Cuba’s colorful coral.
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Day 7
Day of Cruising
Spend the day sailing from the resort island of Cayo Largo to the seaside colonial village of Trinidad.
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Day 8
Trinidad, Cayo Blanco & Cienfuegos
Spend your morning strolling the cobblestone streets of Trinidad, where horse-drawn carts are common forms of transportation. After a local lunch, stop at Manaca Iznaga Tower. The rest of your afternoon is spent exploring the beaches of Cayo Blanco. Listen to local music and soak up the stunning scenery.
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Day 9
Cienfuegos
Today, return to Cienfuegos to conclude your adventure. From dramatic sandy coastlines to historic plazas and palaces, you have experienced what is perhaps the most unique island in the Caribbean. After visiting Havana, Cienfuegos, Cayo Largo, Trinidad and Cayo Blanco you go home with memories of meaningful exchanges with locals and an introduction to the heart of this historic island.

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PORTS VISTED:

  • Havana
  • Cienfuegos
  • Cayo Largo
  • Trinidad
  • Cayo Blanco
  
**ITINERARY SUBJECT TO CHANGE BASED ON APPROVAL OF CUBAN GOVERNMENT**
This program offers 2 ships running simultaneously with departures from Havana and Cienfuegos depending on the ship. Itineraries beginning from Cienfuegos will operate in reverse of this day by day shown.


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Cuba Cruise - Dates & Rates

Cuba cruise dates & rates

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The Grand Mariner & Grand Caribe ships

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These two small cruise ships are innovative, with a unique bow ramp for easy access to beaches and for swimming, a shallow draft allowing for explorations where larger ships cannot go, and even glass-bottom excursion boats.

They have the freedom to go where the big ships cannot. The freedom to steam down rivers, as carved wooden canoes drift alongside. The freedom to enter small harbors, tie up on a local dock, and head inland to explore. The freedom to find a small island, land on the beach and do some sunbathing, miles away from the crowds of tourists. All this freedom comes down to size. The big ships are really, really big, which puts big limits on where they can go. And when it comes time to dock, they only have a few places they can fit. That's why the big cruise lines all go to the same places, and their passengers all end up exploring the same ports. With small ships, the map of destinations opens up. Suddenly, real exploration is possible. On every corner of the map. Exploration that takes you to countless less-travelled ports, rivers, and small islands. Places unchanged by constant tourism. It's the difference between going to a place, and being in a place. And it makes all the difference in the world.

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Everything's different on small ship adventure. These are CASUAL CRUISES, without the hustle, bustle, and chaos of the big ships. You’re joined by fewer than a hundred people. And more often than not, they’re people just like you. Curious. Casual. Adventurous. They’re looking for something more personal than the big ships can offer. Something more than deck after deck of strangers. Every part of your cruise is simply more personal. You’ll dine in a single sitting with an open seating plan, giving you the freedom to meet your fellow travelers. Want to go exploring in your own way? Just grab some snorkeling equipment, or sign up for kayaking or biking. There’s no white glove dining service, no formal attire, and no luxurious cabins. But there is a 180-degree vista-view lounge —the ideal place to get to know your fellow passengers as glorious, scenic landscapes unfold before you. Go upstairs, and you’ll find the upper deck, the perfect place to catch a breathtaking view, or catch a few rays. When it comes time for a good night’s sleep, our ships offer four categories of small ship cruising cabins. Each feature individual air conditioning, which continuously brings fresh air into your room, day and night. Your room also features a private shower and bathrooms, and a fresh, smoke-free environment.

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Your accommodations onboard, delicious meals (including complimentary house wine and beer with lunch and dinner), and all onboard entertainment is included. What’s more, the cruises have a historian or naturalist traveling with you, ready to provide information about the sights, people, and wildlife you’re seeing. Your fare also covers things like our glass bottom boat tours, snorkeling excursions, and performances by local musicians, storytellers, and area experts. And you’re invited to “bring your own bottle.” So if you have a favorite bottle of bubbly, a great wine from home, or a certain kind of cocktail you love to sip at sunset, bring it along, and we'll keep it chilled in the lounge. We’ll provide the mixers, barware, and bottle storage, free. The best part is, because you're bringing your own drinks, you won't have to worry about ringing up a big bar tab at the end of your trip - and that's certainly worth a toast.

The Grande Caribe

The Grande Caribe
Built by Blount Boats in Warren, RI and commissioned in 1997, the Grande Caribe carries 84 passengers everywhere from Belize to Baltimore. Renovated in 2009 with new furniture and décor in the lounge, cabins and dining room. So whether you find yourself chatting under the canopy lights on the top deck or enjoying a lazy morning in your cabin, the Grande Caribe was built with you in mind.
Length: 184'
Beam: 40'
Draft: 6'6"
Passenger Capacity: 84
Passenger Cabins: 44
Commissioned: 1997
Refurbished: 2009
Flag: United States
Built By: Blount Industries, Inc., Warren, Rhode Island, USA.

The Grande Mariner

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Commissioned and built by Blount in 1998, the Grande Mariner starts most years in the Caribbean before making her way up to Montreal, just in time for fall foliage season. She was completely refurbished in 2010, with totally new cabin configurations, including new décor, washrooms, furniture in the staterooms and a renovated lounge. So if you want to take in a few rays on the sun deck, relax and enjoy the vista-view lounge, or just have a few quiet moments in your cabin as the sea drifts past your open picture window, the Grande Mariner is ready.
Length: 184'
Beam: 40'
Draft: 6'6"
Passenger Capacity: 83
Passenger Cabins: 44
Commissioned: 1998
Refurbished: 2010
Flag: United States
Built By: Blount Industries, Inc., Warren, Rhode Island, USA.

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Cruise Details, Notes, and Features


SINGLE TRAVEL: Several options are available if you are traveling alone. We have select cabins configured as single accommodations and priced for single occupancy only. We also offer a “Willing to Share” program that allows you to avoid a single supplement and pay a per person rate for a double occupancy room. You will be waitlisted for a same-gender traveling companion, however should no other person reserve under this program you will be placed alone in that double occupancy cabin. We also have designated double occupancy cabins you may reserve at an additional cost. Please ask your reservationist for details.

MEALS: We provide breakfast, lunch and dinner. We pride ourselves on serving fresh, creative dishes, many representative of the local cuisine. For the convenience of our passengers, menus are posted daily. We are happy to accommodate certain dietary restrictions provided we are notified in advance. Refreshments and snacks are available 24 hours a day in the lounge and dining room. Select house wine and beer is included during lunch and dinner service. There is an open seating policy to encourage meeting as many of your traveling companions as possible.

Wi-Fi is installed on our ships. Signal strength and availability may vary by port and access may not always be available and cannot be guaranteed.
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BYOB: We are one of the few cruise lines that allow passengers to bring their own beverages onboard. We believe our BYOB benefit gives you the freedom to choose when and what you want to consume. Plus, you will never leave our cruise with a large bar tab! We do include select house wine and beer with lunch and dinner during meal service. We also provide mixers, ice, snacks, and cold and dry storage in our lounge where you can serve yourself anytime you choose.

SNORKELING: There is a limited supply of onboard snorkel equipment available on a first-come basis. To guarantee your personal snorkeling opportunities daily as well as for a better fit, we do recommend that you bring your own gear.

GRATUITIES are not included in cruise fare and are at the complete discretion of the passenger at the end of the cruise. While we hesitate to recommend a certain level of tipping, many of our passengers have indicated they appreciate some guidelines. The common industry standard is $12-$14 per passenger, per day. Passengers may use traveler’s checks, personal checks or cash for gratuities.

OPTIONAL EXCURSIONS, along with itineraries, reading lists and other cruise information, will be sent out 90 days in advance of departure date. Pre-sold excursion packages will be available for purchase at this time, and can be paid with your final cruise payment. Individual excursions may be purchased onboard, but we encourage early bookings to secure your spot since some excursions are first-come-first serve (or have limits). Your final documents package with additional cruise information and boarding passes will be mailed approximately 30 days prior to departure

ITINERARY: Every effort will be made to follow the published itinerary – wind, weather, tide, and nature providing. With unforeseen circumstances, the Captain reserves the right to change, omit or add stops, change the route, or consume extra days.

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BOOKINGS and FINE PRINT

Contact us to receive a reservation form. A deposit of $1,o00 per person is due to confirm your reservation is made. Payments can be made by check or credit card (MasterCard, VISA or Discover). Final payment of balance is due 60 days prior to date of sailing. All reservations are subject to a minimum $75 per person cancellation charge. Passengers may cancel subject to the charges listed below. Cancellation fees per person from date of departure:

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60 days or more = $200
59 days – 45 days = 25% of fare
44 days – 30 days = 50% of fare
29 days – 11 days = 75% of fare
10 days or less = 100% of fare
There shall be no right to any refund except as stated, and no obligation or liability to passengers for cancellation and/or non-use of all or a portion of a voyage or other services, whether or not due to circumstances beyond passengers’ control. We strongly encourage all passengers to purchase trip insurance. Once purchased, trip insurance is non-refundable. Travel insurance policies included "cancel for any reason" are available and information will be provided.

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Deck Plan & Cabins

Grande Caribe Deck Plan & Cabins

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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@GoExploring.com for more information.
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