Cuba Cultural Voyage

Embark upon a once-in-a-lifetime journey with Pearl Seas Cruises. On our 11-night Cuba Cultural Voyage, enjoy the most comprehensive Cuban people-to-people exchange experience in the comfort and intimate setting of the Pearl Mist. Explore Havana in a classic American car and visit Finca Vigia, the home of legendary author Ernest Hemingway. While in Cienfuegos, admire the beautiful Botanical Garden, and venture to Trinidad to explore its many art galleries. In Santiago de Cuba, enjoy the blend of Cuban and Caribbean culture, before returning to the vibrant city of Ft. Lauderdale where your journey began. Along the way, engage first hand with local tradespeople, artists, musicians, and historians to share experiences and get their unique perspective into what makes Cuba so fascinating. 

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Cruise Itinerary

Day
Ports of Call
1
Ft. Lauderdale, FL
2
Havana
3
Havana
4
Day of Cruising
5
Cienfuegos
6
Trinidad
7
Casilda
8
Day of Cruising
9
El Cobre, Santiago
10
Santiago de Cuba
11
Day of Cruising
12
Ft. Lauderdale

Cuba Cultural Voyage

Immerse yourself in the rich culture of Cuba on the most comprehensive exploration of this fascinating island. Throughout your voyage, enjoy regionally inspired cuisine, listen to the area’s popular music and explore the most captivating destinations.

Ports of Call

  • Ft. Lauderdale, FL
  • Havana
  • Havana
  • Cienfuegos
  • Trinidad
  • Casilda
  • El Cobre, Santiago
  • Santiago de Cuba
  • Ft. Lauderdale

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Day  1
Ft. Lauderdale, FL

To make your journey as convenient as possible, the Pearl Mist will depart from Ft. Lauderdale, on the southeastern coast of Florida. This vibrant city is known for its beaches and boating canals as well as The Strip, a promenade lined with upscale outdoor restaurants, bars, boutiques and luxury hotels.  You may decide to arrive a day early to take advantage of some of the city’s highlights.

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Havana

The colorful capital of Cuba, Havana is a mesmerizing city with beautiful colonial edifices and a dramatic coastline. Known for its architecturally impressive plazas and outstanding series of fortifications, Old Havana, a UNESCO World Heritage site, displays Cuban culture at its finest. Led by our local guide, explore its plazas which are home to churches, palaces, castles, monuments, and markets that come together to create one of the most impressive historical city centers in the Caribbean basin.

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Hemingway Home

Visit Finca Vigia, the home of legendary author Ernest Hemingway from 1931 to 1961. Step into the writing room where he wrote some of his most celebrated novels. Your people-to-people interaction will continue as you visit local community programs which showcase talented artists and musicians. In Cojimar, explore the fishing village made famous by Hemingway and listen to the fascinating stories told by area fishermen.

In the evening visit the world famous Tropicana Cabaret Under the Stars with a nightly show featuring spectacularly costumed showgirls and skilled entertainers who dazzle the audience with music and dance.

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Day  3
Havana

The capital city of Havana is far too interesting to see it all in just one day! You will spend your second day continuing to explore everything that makes Havana one of the greatest capitals in the Caribbean Basin. For an authentic taste of Cuban cuisine, dine at a local paladar, one of Cuba’s small, privately owned, and operated restaurants.

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Classic American Car Exploration of Old Havana

Explore Havana in a Classic American car and view the city’s many amazing buildings, each with its own unique architectural character. Its plazas are home to churches, palaces, castles, monuments, and markets which come together to create one of the most impressive historical city centers in the Caribbean basin. Engage with locals to learn firsthand about the culture and traditions of Old Havana, a UNESCO-recognized site.

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Day  4
Day of Cruising

Grab a good book and curl up in one of our spacious lounges, or relax on your private balcony and enjoy the passing landscapes as we make our way to Cienfuegos. As you cruise, delight in the locally inspired cuisine prepared by our team of master chefs.

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Day  5
Cienfuegos

Nicknamed “La Perla del Sur” (the Pearl of the South), Cienfuegos is a charming community ideally situated along the southern coast of Cuba. Originally settled by French immigrants in 1819, Cienfuegos is Spanish for “one hundred fires.” Our stop in this picturesque city will include a guided exploration of the renowned Botanical Garden and Cienfuegos Museum.

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Botanical Garden

Visit the famous Botanical Garden of Cienfuegos for a glimpse into some of the rarest flora species on the island. This tropical garden is a treasure that few have had the chance to see. Local botanists will guide you through the garden, explaining the variety of flora and fauna native to Cuba.

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Downtown Cienfuegos

Enjoy a narrated exploration of downtown Cienfuegos including a stop at the Cienfuegos Museum and the Thomas Terry Theater, a national monument built in 1863 with an ornate Italian style. Mingle with the locals as they go about their daily lives on the Boulevard Santa Isabel, a historic street filled with artisan stands, antiques vendors, and boutique restaurants. Visit a performing arts school and meet its creative students who will showcase their talents with a concert performance.

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Trinidad

Located in South Central Cuba, between the mountains of the Escambray Range and the Caribbean Sea, the town of Trinidad is a well-preserved view of old world Cuba. Founded in 1514, the town is lined with cobbled streets, neoclassical buildings, and exquisitely wrought iron railings. Spend the day exploring art studios, a ceramics workshop, and two of the city’s renowned museums.

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City Art Exploration

Our visit to Trinidad presents the old city from an artist’s perspective. Enjoy a stop at two local studios, Casa de Yudith and Casa de Lazaro, where you can meet and interact with local artists to learn about their lives and work. Visit Casa del Alfarero, a pottery workshop, for a demonstration of the ceramic making process. Led by a local guide, discover the Museum of Colonial Architecture, which features a large collection of architectural treasures dating back to the 1600s and Museo Romantico which overlooks the main square and has a brilliant exhibition of porcelain, glass, and paintings.

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Casilda

Casilda is a seaport town in the Sancti Spíritus Province. Part of the Ministry of the Fishing Industry’s shrimp zone, Casilda is known for its high-quality seafood which is exported all over the world including Asia, Europe, and North America. The beautiful beaches of Casilda, including the Playa Ancón, make it a popular destination where colorful artisan shops line the waterfront. The Trinidad to Cumanayagua Loop is a circular drive which offers elevated vistas of the Caribbean Sea as well as some of Cuba’s most pristine mountain scenery.

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El Nicho

Enjoy a guided visit to El Nicho waterfalls, located inside the Gran Parque Natural Topes de Collantes, a forested park that extends across the Sierra Escambray mountain range in Central Cuba. This series of freshwater cascades has become a highlight for locals and visitors with its beautiful views of Central Cuba and the valley below.

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Day  8
Day of Cruising

As we cruise to Santiago, see the remote southern coastline of Cuba stretching out before you. Enjoy the sundeck views of islands, white sand beaches, and small coastal towns along the way. Or, head to the lounge to take part in an activity or interactive discussion presented by one of our onboard experts.

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Day  9
El Cobre, Santiago

The town of El Cobre, located in a high valley within a mountain range, features a shrine to Cuba's patron saint Our Lady of Charity (La Virgen de la Caridad del Cobre). The Cuban people come from miles around to pay their respects to their patron saint at El Sanctuario de Nuestra Señora de la Caridad del Cobre, a unique triple dome church built in 1927.

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National Shrine Basilica of Our Lady of Charity

Settled in the beautiful mountains of El Cobre, visit the National Shrine Basilica of Our Lady of Charity. According to legend, during a storm in the 17th-century, three local fishermen saw an apparition of the Virgin Mary. The apparition guided them to safety, later becoming a statue of the Virgin Mary cradling a baby for which they built a church and placed the statue inside. Interact with the locals to understand why this famous statue housed in this storied Roman Catholic Church is still considered to be one of the most important sites in Cuba and why to this day, people come from all over the world to receive her blessing.

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Santiago de Cuba

The second largest city in Cuba after Havana, Santiago de Cuba is a gleaming cultural capital lying on the Santiago de Cuba Bay with the towering Sierra Maestra Mountains providing the perfect backdrop. The city’s close proximity to Jamaica and other Caribbean isles has created an extremely diverse metropolis unlike any other Cuban city. Experience the blend of Cuban and Caribbean culture reflected in the city’s art, architecture, music, and cuisine.

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Morro Castle

As your ship sails into Santiago, you can view the historic Morro Castle. Led by a local guide, explore this magnificent fortress, built in 1589, and learn about how it was constructed to prevent raids on Havana harbor. Visit the iconic Plaza de la Revolución, one of the largest city squares in the world, and discover its history as a site for political rallies. Experience the city’s thriving cultural life and strong Afro-Cubano influence which has resulted in a variety Cuban musical genres. As the hometown of many famed Cuban musicians, your people-to-people discoveries include meeting some of the city’s local musicians and witnessing their talents first hand. Explore Santa Ifigenia Cemetery, the final resting place of many noted Cubans, including the 19th-century revolutionary José Marti and Fidel Castro, whose tombs are guarded by a regularly changing contingent of Cuban soldiers.

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Day  11
Day of Cruising

As we make our way back to southern Florida, relax and reminisce about the historic voyage you have just taken. Discuss your journey with new friends and reflect upon all of the wonderful things you have learned about the Cuban people and their culture.

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Day  12
Ft. Lauderdale

Enjoy breakfast aboard the Pearl Mist as we return to port in Ft. Lauderdale. Arrive in Florida with a new perspective of Cuba and memories that will last a lifetime. If you were unable to explore the vibrant Ft. Lauderdale region before embarking, or would just like a second day to see it all, your Cruise Director will help you make the most of your day in South Florida before the return trip home.

Pearl Mist

The 210 guest Pearl Mist is one of the most comfortable cruising vessels in the world, providing an exceptional luxury experience in an intimate, relaxed setting.

At more than 300 square feet, the large and gracefully appointed staterooms mirror those of a world-class hotel and surround you in a warm and inviting atmosphere. Enjoy spectacular views from your room’s large window or by stepping onto your private balcony.

Furnishings throughout the ship are elegant and comfortable with a variety of spacious lounges to fit every mood – from the quiet library to the social atmosphere of the Atlantic Lounge. The Pearl Mist also features open sundecks, a library, a fitness area, and a glass-enclosed spacious dining room.


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Category R

Deckplan

Our exclusive category R staterooms are over 450 square feet and are located in the premier sections of the ship offering an enhanced cruising experience. Each well-appointed room comes with sliding glass doors which lead out to a fully-furnished balcony. Enjoy breakfast on your private balcony or simply relax and take in the amazing panoramic views. If there is anything you need, our stewards are on hand 24/7 to handle even the smallest of requests.

Category L

Deckplan

Our premium category L staterooms are over 300 square feet and are located on the 5th deck level of the ship allowing for plenty of privacy. No attention to detail was spared in the design of these modern staterooms. Each comes with sliding glass doors leading to a private balcony where guests can enjoy pleasant breezes and scenic views.  Some of these rooms have adjoining doors, an option for guests who are traveling in a group or who wish to have a living room. 

Category K

Deckplan

Our generous category K staterooms are over 300 square feet and are ideally located on the 3rd and 4th deck levels of the ship. Each comes with floor to ceiling sliding glass doors leading to a private balcony and filling the room with plenty of natural light. These spacious staterooms also offer guests easy access to the Pacific Lounge and open passenger decks with breathtaking views.

Category H

Deckplan

Category H staterooms are the perfect place to unwind after a day of exploration. Each 275 square foot room has a large opening picture window and a private balcony offering spectacular views of the passing scenery. The room also offers a full-size bathroom with all the modern amenities of a fine hotel.


Category G

Deckplan

Our category G rooms are a spacious retreat with all the amenities a modern traveler expects. Each room offers 275 square feet of space encompassing a full-size bathroom, a large opening picture window, and a private balcony. This room is also conveniently located near the Atlantic Lounge and Dining Room.


Category SGB

Deckplan

Our Category SGB staterooms are designed specifically with our single travelers in mind. A comfortable getaway, these rooms are spacious with all modern amenities. At over 200 square feet, these staterooms have interior entrances and large opening windows and a private balcony offering panoramic views.

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Join Pearl Seas Cruises on an incredible journey of discovery to the remarkable island nation of Cuba.  This 11-night Cuba Cultural Voyage provides the most comprehensive Cuban people-to-people exchange experience available.  Cruise in the comfort and convenience of the Pearl Mist while you engage with local artists, musicians and historians who will share their unique perspective into what makes Cuba so fascinating.

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Cuba Cultural Voyages

Immerse yourself in the rich culture of Cuba on the most comprehensive exploration of this fascinating island. Throughout your voyage, enjoy regionally inspired cuisine, listen to the area’s popular music, and explore the most captivating destinations.

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