Now that the U.S. has lifted the restrictions on travel to Cuba, the tropical country has quickly become a tourism hotspot. So let’s plan a cruise to Cuba to discover a whole new world of adventure, beauty, and history!
Let’s go to Cuba!
As of May 1, 2016, Carnival Corporation became the first cruise company in more than 50 years to offer cruises that sail directly from the United States to Cuba. The company’s Fathom brand offers trips every other week on the Adonia, its 704-passenger luxury ship, to this beautiful island.
Why take a ship there?
Cruising is one of the best ways to visit Cuba because all of the hard work is taken care of for you. You don’t have to arrange travel into the country and from one city to the other, you only have to unpack once and limited hotel accommodations and restaurants on the island won’t be a problem since the ship is your own floating city with your own stateroom and five-star dining and service!
On the ship
There is so much to see and do, both onboard and off on your cruise to Cuba. While onboard, you can enjoy Cuban, and Caribbean-inspired food, music, and film. Or you take part in an orientation to Cuba’s history, customs and culture and other personal enrichment activities. You can even join a group on board to take conversational Spanish lessons. Or my favorite, you can simply relax on one of the top decks and enjoy the voyage through the Straits of Florida. You can also enjoy a spa treatment or get in a workout in the fitness center. You have plenty of choices on your cruise. And once on land, you can visit three exciting ports, Havana, Cienfuegos and Santiago de Cuba.
First stop, Havana!
Once home to legendary writer Ernest Hemingway, Havana is one of the world’s most culturally rich urban centers. Its colorful capitol features a lively music and entertainment scene and is famous for its unique collection of Spanish-influenced castles, cathedrals, mansions, and museums, as well as historic Old Havana. With an overnight stay in Havana, you will have plenty of time to experience all the city has to offer.
Next, visit Cienfuegos
Try a walking tour of this charming port city on the southern coast of Cuba located in the heart of the island’s sugar cane, mango, tobacco, and coffee production area. You could visit Almacenes San José Artisans’ Market, the largest craft market in Cuba, and the fishing village of Cojimar, a Hemingway favorite retreat and setting for The Old Man and the Sea.
Finally, Santiago De Cuba
Take in the history at San Juan Hill, a historical battle site during the Spanish-American War. You could also visit a UNESCO World Heritage site with a fort built to protect the port of Santiago, and take in Cuba’s most sacred pilgrimage site.
Those are just a few ideas for your cruise to Cuba! Let them do all the work in helping you create a vacation you will always remember. Happy travels!
Thank you to Fathom for providing me with information to make this post. All opinions are my own!