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Cruise Cuba

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8 days  •  from $2399 $2099
per person, double occupancy*
based on Nov. 17, 2017 departure
$300 Early Bird Discount. Expires Apr. 6, 2017.*   All prices reflect savings.
Plus, free Single Supplements on standard inside cabins (IB), a savings of up to $599!

Overview

Featuring See more of Cuba by sea: embark from Montego Bay & sail to Santiago de Cuba, Havana & Cienfuegos
Style Value VacationTravel in larger groups than our Small Group tours, but at fantastic value prices. These group tour packages are operated by our carefully selected partners and may be shared with other English speaking passengers ensuring guaranteed departures. More of these packages
Dedicated tour escorts & guides throughout
Departures Scheduled Dates; select from 13 open departures, July – December 2017
Price Includes
  • Cruise
  • Transfers
  • Meals
  • Guides
  • Round trip transfers from Montego Bay Airport to port
  • 7 nights standard inside cabins (Cat IB) aboard the Celestyal Crystal
  • Unlimited alcoholic and non-alcoholic drink package
  • Port charges of $234 per person included
  • Cruise gratuities of $70 per person included
  • 20 meals: 7 breakfasts, 6 lunches and 7 dinners
  • 4 People-to-People shore excursions
  • On board People-to-People program including lectures and entertainment
  • U.S. Treasury Department, OFAC License Certification and Authorization Letter
  • Cuba Entrance Visa
  • Friendly Planet Escort
  • Health insurance in Cuba (mandatory)
Optional
  • Evening visits in Havana
Highlights
  • Visit the real San Juan Hill
  • Learn to dance Salsa, Rumba & Cha Cha like a Cuban
  • Enjoy lively lectures on Cuba's fascinating history
  • Learn about the history of rum
  • Watch how Cuban cigars are hand rolled
  • Attend a Cuban cooking demonstration
  • Learn to make mojitos like a pro
  • Meet Cubans where they live, work & play
Themes Family Friendly,  History & Culture,  Small Ship Cruises
What to Expect This escorted educational program includes a reasonable amount of walking or hiking and requires an average level of physical fitness. The Celestyal Crystal may have up to 1,200 passengers.
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Flights This cruise departs from Montego Bay, Jamaica, and airfare is not included. Important information about booking flights and transfers.

Cruise Cuba tour itineraryIn recent months, we’ve seen the restoration of ties continue between the US and Cuba, and more and more travelers are clamoring to visit the elusive island now, while it remains a genuine time capsule.

We’ve collaborated with our long-time partner, Celestyal Cruises, to bring you yet another wonderful and incredibly affordable option, our brand new Cruise Cuba program that explores the colors, culture and welcoming people of this captivating Caribbean island with all the convenience and enjoyment of cruising. You’ll embark aboard the Celestyal Crystal from Montego Bay, Jamaica and make ports of call in Santiago De Cuba, Havana and Cienfuegos. With your dedicated Friendly Planet tour escort, you’ll experience true People-to-People tourism both onboard, with lectures, classes and entertainment, and during your included tours and sightseeing on land, all designed to introduce you to the people of Cuba and provide ample opportunities to interact with them in meaningful and rewarding ways.

Celestyal Crystal, Havana For those who enjoy cruising and are looking for an incredibly affordable way to visit Cuba, you won’t want to miss this opportunity. Your ship, the Celestyal Crystal, has a yacht inspired design with classic teak promenade decks evoking an intimate atmosphere, with all the amenities of a hotel at sea, including: spacious staterooms and suites; pool with Helios pool bar; fitness center and spa, and a casual and fine dining restaurant. Your price includes 20 meals on board ship and unlimited non-alcoholic and alcoholic beverages. And in true Friendly Planet fashion, we’re offering you the best package pricing available for this all-inclusive vacation. But space is very limited and we know you won’t find a better value to Cuba anywhere, so don’t miss your opportunity to book now!

We're proud to be one of the first U.S. tour companies to have been awarded a People-to-People license for Cuba travel, way back in September, 2011. Since then, we’ve sent thousands of American travelers to Cuba to participate in unique, inspiring, and affordable encounters with the Cuban people.

Dates, Prices & Options

Departure Dates & Prices

Departures & Prices
per person, double occupancy*
Depart Return Price Book by
Apr 6
Fri Mar 17 2017 Fri Mar 24 2017 $2649   Departed
Fri Apr 7 2017 Fri Apr 14 2017 $2699 $2399 Closed
Fri Apr 14 2017 Fri Apr 21 2017 $2599 $2299 Closed
Fri Apr 21 2017 Fri Apr 28 2017 $2549 $2249 Closed
Fri Apr 28 2017 Fri May 5 2017 $2799 $2499 Closed
Fri May 19 2017 Fri May 26 2017 $2499 $2199 Closed
Fri May 26 2017 Fri Jun 2 2017 $2499 $2199 Closed
Fri Jun 2 2017 Fri Jun 9 2017 $2499 $2199 Closed
Fri Jun 9 2017 Fri Jun 16 2017 $2999 $2699 Closed
Fri Jul 14 2017 Fri Jul 21 2017 $2974 $2674 Available
Fri Aug 4 2017 Fri Aug 11 2017 $2699 $2399 Available
Fri Sep 8 2017 Fri Sep 15 2017 $2899 $2599 Available
Fri Sep 15 2017 Fri Sep 22 2017 $2599 $2299 Available
Fri Sep 22 2017 Fri Sep 29 2017 $2599 $2299 Available
Fri Oct 13 2017 Fri Oct 20 2017 $2599 $2299 Available
Fri Oct 20 2017 Fri Oct 27 2017 $2599 $2299 Available
Fri Nov 10 2017 Fri Nov 17 2017 $2699 $2399 Available
Fri Nov 17 2017 Fri Nov 24 2017 $2399 $2099 Available
Fri Nov 24 2017 Fri Dec 1 2017 $2399 $2099 Available
Fri Dec 1 2017 Fri Dec 8 2017 $2599 $2299 Available
Fri Dec 8 2017 Fri Dec 15 2017 $2499 $2199 Available
Fri Dec 22 2017 Fri Dec 29 2017 $2599 $2299 Available

Want to stay longer? We may be able to arrange for you to stay later than the scheduled dates. Contact us about prices and availability.

Options & Fees

Cruise Cuba
Rooming Selection/Cabin Categories1
IB (standard inside), Double Occupancy
Mar 17, Apr 28, May 19, Jun 2, Jun 9, Jul 14, Sep 8, Nov 10, Dec 1 unavailable
All other departures included
IB (standard inside), Single Occupancy
Mar 17, Apr 28, May 19, Jun 2, Jun 9, Jul 14, Sep 8, Nov 10, Dec 1 unavailable
All other departures included
XB (standard outside), Double Occupancy
Mar 17, Apr 28, Jun 2, Jul 14, Sep 8, Dec 1 included
Nov 17, Nov 24, Dec 8 +$200
Apr 7, Aug 4 +$275
Jun 9 unavailable
All other departures +$250
XB (standard outside), Single Occupancy
Jun 2, Nov 10, Dec 1 +$599
Mar 17, Apr 28, Sep 8 +$749
Jul 14 +$774
Nov 17, Nov 24, Dec 8 +$799
Apr 7, Aug 4 +$1049
Jun 9 unavailable
All other departures +$999
XF (outside cabin - Apollo deck), Double Occupancy unavailable
XF (outside cabin - Apollo deck), Single Occupancy unavailable
SBJ (junior balcony suite), Double Occupancy
Jun 9 included
Nov 10 +$350
Apr 28, Sep 8 +$400
Jul 14 +$425
Nov 17, Nov 24, Dec 8 +$550
Mar 17, Apr 7, May 19, Jun 2, Aug 4, Dec 1 unavailable
All other departures +$650
SBJ (junior balcony suite), Single Occupancy
Jun 9 +$1249
Nov 17, Nov 24, Dec 8 +$1599
Apr 28, Sep 8 +$1649
Jul 14 +$1824
Mar 17, Apr 7, May 19, Jun 2, Aug 4, Dec 1 unavailable
All other departures +$1899

1. Cabin upgrades are subject to availability. We will confirm your cabin selection usually within 1 business day of your reservation. If the category you selected is unavailable, you'll have the option to select a different category or cancel your reservation and receive a refund of your deposit.

Taxes & Fees
Cuba Visa Fee included
Port Charges of $234 per person1 included

1. All port charges are included in tour price.

How to Make a Reservation

To make a reservation, simply select an available departure date and reserve online using our secure booking system. Or call one of our travel specialists at 800-555-5765, Mon–Fri 9:30–6:00 Eastern time. But first, check out our Things to Know section.

We only require a per-person deposit payment, which you can pay with your credit card or PayPal account. This deposit will be applied towards the cost of your package, and is generally non-refundable (details). The balance is due 120 days prior to departure (or within 72 hours, if you're booking less than 120 days prior to departure), and can be paid by credit card, PayPal, check or money order.

Deposit
Deposit $900

Itinerary

Day 1: Montego Bay/Embarkation

Accommodations: 7 nights Celestyal Crystal. Included meals: Dinner.

  • Arrive in Montego Bay and transfer from the airport to port
  • Check-in to your cabin and time to explore the ship
  • Embarkation must be completed by 4:00pm
  • Attend an introductory briefing with your Friendly Planet escort
  • Attend a lecture about Visual Arts in Cuba
  • Salsa dancing lessons

Salsa dancingFull Day Itinerary: Today your exciting voyage begins as you arrive in Montego Bay, Jamaica. Collect your luggage, continue through customs formalities, and meet our representative who will transfer you from the airport to the port. Check into your cabin and have some time to explore the ship and its amenities. Embarkation must be completed from 1:00pm-4:00pm.

This evening, attend an introductory briefing with your Friendly Planet Tour Manager and meet your fellow travelers. Later, enjoy a lecture and discussion about the distinctive trends which have emerged in Cuban visual arts.

Tonight, join professional Cuban dance instructors onboard the ship to learn the rhythms of salsa dancing!

Day 2: Santiago de Cuba

Included meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner.

  • Arrive in Santiago de Cuba this morning, ship in port 8:00am-4:00pm
  • Enjoy a morning shore excursion of Santiago de Cuba
  • Attend a lecture on Cuban history
  • Meet and mingle with the Cuban staff
  • Rumba dancing lessons

Castillo del Morro, Santiago photo by GroggFull Day Itinerary: This morning, visit the city of Santiago de Cuba. Meet with a historian and director of the African Cultural Center for a presentation followed by a dance performance.

Then, continue on to visit three of the most iconic sites in Santiago. Visit a memorial to Antonio Maceo, the “Bronze Titan”, who led two wars for independence against the Spanish. Then stop at San Juan Hill, where Teddy Roosevelt and his rough riders defeated the Spanish during the Cuban-Spanish-American War. Lastly, visit Moncada Barracks where Fidel and Raul Castro began their 1953 assault on the Batista regime.
Afterwards, return to the ship for lunch, or stay in town for some independent exploration.

This afternoon, attend a lecture on the fascinating history of Cuba. Then, spend some time with the on-board Cuban staff. Hear what it was like to grow up in Cuba and immerse yourself in their stories of daily life and culture.
Later this evening, learn the seductive Rumba from expert Cuban dance instructors.

Day 3: At Sea, en route to Havana

Included meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner.

  • Spend the day at sea including on-board People-to-People activities
  • Cuban cooking demonstration
  • Presentation about Cuban cigars
  • Documentary film about Cuba
  • Popular Cuban Culture lecture: El Ajiaco
  • Presentation on the history of Rum
  • Meet and mingle with the Cuban staff
  • Evening discussion and question & answer session about Cuba
  • Cha-Cha dancing lessons

Man hand rolling cigarsFull Day Itinerary: This morning, enjoy a cooking demonstration and discover some of the many flavors of Cuban cuisine. The chef will show how Creole and Spanish cuisine blend to create an authentic Cuban dish, with simple, hearty flavor.

Attend a presentation to learn about the history of the origins of tobacco in Cuba and see first-hand how the famous Cuban cigars are individually hand-rolled.

Watch a fascinating and informative documentary film about Cuba.

Attend a lecture on popular Cuban Culture, namely how foods such as “Ajiaco,” one of the staples of Cuban cuisine, are thought to be symbolic of Cuban culture. Cuba’s geography and national symbols as well as historical places will also be discussed.

Then, join your fellow travelers for an overview of the history of the rum industry and culture in Cuba, and how rum became Cuba’s national drink.

Later, spend more time with the on-board Cuban staff and have the opportunity to ask questions about their experiences growing up on the island while sharing with them your own stories about growing up in the USA.

Tonight, join the professor in residence for an in-depth discussion about what sets Cuba apart from her Latin American neighbors, followed by a question and answer session.

After dinner, expert Cuban dance instructors will teach you how to Cha Cha.

Day 4: Havana

Included meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner.

  • Arrive in Havana this morning, ship in port from 9:30am
  • History of Havana Lecture
  • Enjoy a full day tour of Havana
  • Evening optional shore excursions in Havana

Used Booksellers Market, Old HavanaFull Day Itinerary: This morning, join your fellow travelers on a revealing tour of Havana, Cuba's capital city and designated UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Begin with a walking tour through the vibrant cobblestone streets as you immerse yourself in the colors of Cuba which surround you.

Visit a graphics workshop and interact with local Cuban artists.

For lunch, you can either return to the ship or enjoy one of the many paladares in Old Havana.

José Martí monument, Plaza de la RevoluciónThis afternoon, take a guided coach tour around modern-day Havana. Stop at the Artisan Market, situated along the Malecon, where you'll find plenty of souvenirs, including handicrafts, posters and other collectibles.

Visit the Plaza de la Revolución, the most famous and politically important square in Cuba. The square has witnessed many rallies and revolutions that have altered the course of Cuban history, where you'll view the 109m tall tower and an 18m statue of José Martí.

Enjoy your evening at leisure. Return to the ship for dinner or dine at one of Havana’s fabulous paladars.

Tonight, take part in exciting optional excursions, or explore the nightlife of Havana on your own.

Optional Excursion: Tropicana Cabaret, $149 (shore excursion purchased on board). The internationally known Tropicana is the biggest nightclub in Havana. Every night, more than 200 dancers and singers perform on stage, accompanied by a giant orchestra. Your price includes the show with preferred seating, welcome drink, and a quarter bottle of Havana Club rum with drink mixers and snacks.

Optional Excursion: Buena Vista Social Club Tribute, $110 (shore excursion purchased on board). Revel in this incredible tribute show to the Buena Vista Social Club, a spectacular act with world-class performers. See salsa and bolero numbers performed by some of the original Buena Vista Social Club members and Grammy-award winners.

Optional Excursion: City Tour at Night with Dinner, $83 (shore excursion purchased on board). Step back in time, deep into Old Havana and its fortifications, as you take a night tour of its spectacular plazas – each with its own architectural character: including the Plaza de Armas, Castillo de la Real Fuerza, the Plaza de la Catedral and the Old Square. Then depart for the Fortaleza De San Carlos De La Cabana, to witness a ceremonial cannon shot, signaling the closure of the city gates. Then, head to one of Havana’s famous Paladares for dinner.

Day 5: Havana

Included meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner.

  • Lecture - An introduction to the musical instruments that make Cuba unique
  • N’Sila Che Che performance of Afro-Cuban music and dance
  • Afternoon tour of Havana
  • Ship sets sail at 10:00pm
  • Evening discussion about Cuban Flora and Fauna
  • Dance like a Cuban!

Full Day Itinerary: Begin your day with an onboard introduction to instruments that create the distinctive sounds of Cuban music. Following the introduction to Cuban instruments, enjoy a performance of N’Sila Che Che, a form of Afro-Cuban music and dance, by a group of artists from the Municipal Museum of Regla.

Afterwards, feel free to disembark and enjoy time to explore Havana on your own, before returning to the ship for lunch.

Museo de la Revolución, HavanaAfter lunch, visit the Museo de la Revolución. Later, stroll along Old Havana’s cobblestone streets or visit the Museo de Bellas Artes.

Join your fellow travelers this evening for an interesting presentation on the flora and fauna of Cuba’s unique ecosystem.

Tonight, join the Cuban dance instructor’s out on the floor and show off your newly learned dancing skills, with music by an authentic Cuban band!

Day 6: At Sea, en route to Cienfuegos

Included meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner.

  • Enjoy a day of on board activities

Full Day Itinerary: Enjoy a day of leisure with on board activities.

Day 7: Cienfuegos

Included meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner.

  • Arrive in Cienfuegos this morning, ship in port 8:00am-3:00pm
  • Enjoy a shore excursion in Cienfuegos
  • Lecture on the Musicality of the Cuban People
  • Open discussion to review the People-to-People experience of the last week
  • Learn to make a Cuban Cocktail
  • Dance like a Cuban finale!

City Hall, CienfuegosFull Day Itinerary: This morning arrive in Cienfuegos, known as “the Pearl of the South.” Visit the University of Cienfuegos for a rare opportunity to meet the university’s engaging professors and hear their insights of the city’s history.

Continue on a tour of the city center, including the famous opera house and theater, Teatro Terry.

Visit the Graphic Society of Cienfuegos to meet with local artists who lead programs for young artists with special needs.

Then, experience the Spanish-Moorish architecture of Palacio de Valle, built to resemble an ornate Moroccan casbah. Return to the ship for lunch, or enjoy a meal at one of Cienfuego’s paladares and explore a little more on your own.

Mojito photo by Leora HafriThis afternoon, learn about the Musicality of the Cuban people, followed by an open discussion with your fellow travelers and the Cuban crew about your experiences on this people-to-people journey around Cuba.

Enjoy a mixology lesson this evening, to learn how some of Cuba’s best cocktails are shaken and stirred. While mixing, the bartender’s will share the origins and stories behind each beverage.

Tonight, put on your dancing shoes and dance the night away at the final Cuban dance party!

Day 8: Montego Bay/Disembarkation

Included meals: Breakfast.

  • Arrive in Montego Bay this morning
  • Disembark between 10:00am and 12:00pm, and transfer to the airport for your onward flight
  • Flights should be booked for the afternoon

Full Day Itinerary: After breakfast this morning, disembark by 12:00pm and transfer to the Sangster International Airport in Montego Bay, Jamaica for your flight home.

All visits are subject to availability. When a scheduled visit is not possible, appropriate alternate visits will be included. The cruise itinerary is also subject to change based on local conditions.

This itinerary provides a full time schedule of educational activities that will result in meaningful interactions between you and the people of Cuba. U.S. law requires that all persons who participate in this program adhere to this full time schedule, and imposes on Celestyal Cruises and Friendly Planet Travel the obligation to ensure such adherence.

 

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This was a wonderful tour. Our tour leader Trish was just outstanding as was Osmin and the driver Roberto. They tried to accommodate our needs and requests. I could not have imagined a better organized trip. The hotels were more than adequate and the restaurants and food served was exceptional. Thank you Friendly Planet for making Cuba a very enjoyable and memorable experience. I will not hesitate to recommend the company and have already decided to book another tour with you.

Patricia Pitt, The Villages, FL

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