New Cuba cruises announced for 2015 and 2016

Posted: 30-Mar-15 12:19

Cruises to Cuba are on the rise, and two rather different new excursions help reveal more of Cuba's natural beauty and cultural heritage. We look at a classic all-inclusive cruise that includes Jamaica on its new itinerary, and a sport-themed cruise with a little extra special significance.

New Cuba cruises announced for 2015 and 2016

Tour operator Cuba Cruise has announced new details about its 2015/2016 season, while InsightCuba is gearing up for another Baseball in Cuba tour for the sport's hardcore fans at the end of this year.

Cuba Cruise's brand new itinerary includes two full days in crown jewel Havana, plus a new port of call in the idyllic Maria la Gorda. Starting weekly in December 2015 through to the following March, travellers can join the cruise in Montego Bay in Jamaica or Havana. From Cuba it travels southeast through Maria la Gorda, Montego Bay, Cienfuegos and Santiago de Cuba. Travellers joining in Jamaica can enjoy a trip in the opposite direction.

Either way, they can choose a range of activities ranging from bird watching to snorkelling and scuba diving off the protected peninsula of Guanacahabibes; rainforest hiking, and cigar factory tours. Guests can explore UNESCO World Heritage Sites like the colourful colonial town of Trinidad and the beautiful maritime city of Cienfuegos.

Company president Dugald Well said:

"From when we first launched in 2013 to this year's US/Cuba announcement, it has been one incredible journey for our guests, crew, staff and partners..."

He also added:

"We look forward to another successful and exhilarating season in Cuba, visiting new destinations and returning to guest favourites like Havana, Cienfuegos and Santiago de Cuba."

Meanwhile InsightCuba, a provider of officially authorised ‘people-to-people' travel for American tourists since 2000, are reprising their popular Baseball in Cuba tour in December 2015. During the tour's inaugural trip in December 2014, the historic announcement was made that US-Cuba diplomatic relations were to be normalised - giving the tour extra poignancy.

On this tour, guests on the tour will experience Cuba and baseball through US sports broadcaster and Major League Baseball insider Eric's Nadel eyes. The 7-days tour starts and ends in Havana, taking in the art scene at the Callejon de Hamel in Centro Havana, visiting the site of the very first official baseball game (the Matanzas' Pablo Avelino Stadium) and the tobacco fields in Pinar del Rio, and attending Cuban baseball games. Guests will have the chance to enjoy Cuba's culinary delights too by dining at privately owned paladares.

With numbers of visitors to the island on the rise, it looks like other operators will follow suit with themed tours and new itineraries when winter 2016's new excursions are announced.


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