Explorations announce 2016 yacht tours around Cuba

Posted: 23-Feb-15 11:21

A US-based tour operator has just announced its Cuban tours for 2016, sailing from Miami on its Panorama motorsailer yacht. It offers trips with an educational slant, which fits perfectly into Cuba's travel licence criteria for American tourists.

Explorations announce 2016 yacht tours around Cuba

Florida-based adventure tour company Explorations has just announced the sailings and rates for its 2016 8-day cruise tours, aboard its 177ft, S/C Panorama motorsailer yacht.

By its own description, the company specialises:

"… in educational adventures of discovery in Latin America, introducing discerning travellers to indigenous cultures and the natural world".

Through the People-to-People Cuba tour program, US visitors will be allowed to see and experience the places that have been closed off to them – until recently.

Although Cuba is only 90 miles from Key West, Florida, for many in the USA the island is something of a mystery, but since the recent moves to normalise US-Cuba relations, new regulations effective from January 16, 2015, have made it easier than in many years for US passport holders to legally visit and tour Cuba.

The tour itself circumnavigates Western Cuba. Its package includes securing the Cuban Visa and supplying the appropriate People-to-People travel licence and letter of authorisation, mandatory Cuban medical insurance, full round-trip airfare from Miami to Cuba, and no packing and unpacking to change hotels. In line with the People-to-People licence, US tourists will also enjoy interaction and meaningful exchanges with locals.

The refurbished state-of-the-art S/C Panorama is a three-masted motorsailer which can accommodate up to 49 passengers in 25 cabins. It has performed several Atlantic Ocean crossings, and has sailed from the Seychelles to Monte Carlo, and from the Black Sea to Tunis.

The itinerary explores the western part of the island nation, famous for its culture, music, warm people, and art, with daily tours while sailing from Havana to Cienfuegos. Panorama's passengers can expect to see Old Havana's historic architecture, and the beautifully preserved Spanish colonial city of Trinidad, with its cluster of Neoclassical structures; Guanahacabibes National Park's stunning archeological sites, and Cayo Largo's lush tropical mangroves and salt pans.


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