International Expeditions adds new small-ship cruise to its 'people-to-people' tour itineraries

Posted: 04-May-15 13:07

Travel operator International Expeditions has just released details of its new Cuba cruise - a seven-night journey starting in French-influenced Cienfuegos, taking in Cuba's food, culture and wildlife conservation along the way. With changes being made to US travelling restrictions, the company hopes that Cuba's famous character will be a big draw for its customers.

International Expeditions adds new small-ship cruise to its 'people-to-people' tour itineraries

US-based travellers to Cuba have yet another way to visit the island, thanks to the new program offered by operator International Expeditions. Setting sail from Cienfuegos on the western coast on the 48-guest yacht Panorama, the new itinerary is scheduled to begin in mid-December, with January and March departures to follow.

The seven-night journey starts in Cienfuegos, the only Cuban city to be founded by the French, then docks for three nights in Havana Vieja. It then moves on to 500-year-old Trinidad, where guests will dine at a paladar (private restaurant).

There is a trip to the island of Cayo Largo to see the work of local conservationists, hiking in the remote western Guanahacabibes Peninsula, and other cultural pursuits that involve seeing artists at work in the studio, and learning about Cuban culture through sports, medicine, media and more. Guests have the chance to get hands-on with plenty of creative workshops.

This new cruise adds to International Expeditions' existing itineraries, which offer special interest tours that fall under the recently relaxed US rules. Travellers interested in Cuba's abundant and well-protected wildlife, women's issues, history and private enterprise are all catered for, to fit the regulated reasons that Americans can visit the island.

The company is pinning the tour's success on current fears that the island will lose its distinctive "character". The executive director and head of Cuba Program Development Steve Cox was quoted as saying:

"Demand for travel is growing and travellers want to explore the island before it inevitably changes."

Of course, US travellers will be demanding a certain standard of accommodation, which the cruise will certainly provide. The Panorama features the usual mod cons onboard and marble-finished en suite facilities, and prices start from USD $4,599.


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