A voyage combining culture and decadence in Cuba

Posted: 21-Jul-16 14:45

Just because you enjoy the decadence of a luxury cruise ship doesn't mean you should miss out on all the rich culture that Cuba has to offer, right? Well the good news for American visitors who want to combine a taste of the high life with something a little more down to earth is that a new package by Friendly Planet Travel and Celestyal Cruises looks set to offer the best of both worlds in 2016.

A voyage combining culture and decadence in Cuba

If you’re after a culturally immersive experience that combines the luxury of an all-inclusive cruise with a number of people-to-people activities in Cuba, then boy do Friendly Planet Travel and Celestyal Cruises have the perfect new package for you.

A seven-night voyage that takes in the sights of Santiago de Cuba, Havana, Punta Francés, Isla de Juventud and Cienfuegos, the new cruise package will help tour-goers enjoy everything the island has to offer thanks to an expertly curated itinerary of people-to-people excursions and activities.

Available from $1,999 per head based on double occupancy, the trip will include 20 pre-paid meals, unlimited alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages, four people-to-people-based island excursions and a number of on-board cultural activities. This fee also includes round trip transfers from Montego Bay Airport plus all port charges and cruise gratuities so travellers don’t have to worry about a thing.

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What’s more, being a voyage that complies with the list of travel restrictions placed on American tourists through its people-to-people activities, the package also comes complete with the necessary US Treasury Department OFAC License Certification and Authorization Letter, Cuba Entrance Visa and Friendly Planet Escort Health insurance that covers visitors for the duration of their Cuban visit.

That being said, the package is about so much more than merely complying with current US-Cuban travel regulations. Unlike cruise trips from other locations around the globe that merely provide visitors with a luxurious way to drink and unwind in the Caribbean sun, here American tourists will be given a real chance to get out and about in Cuba and experience a rich tapestry of island culture.

For many, this will make the Friendly Planet Travel/Celestyal Cruises collaboration far more appealing than many other routes visiting the island, as not only will they get to enjoy all of the mod-cons of a luxury cruise ship, they’ll also come back from their journey with something a little more enriching – making it the perfect trip for holiday-goers that don’t want to make any compromises.

Given the cruise also takes in a number of locations beyond Havana, they’ll get to see a side of Cuban life that exists outside of the island’s largest city while also participating in a number of authentic experiences with knowledgeable guides – and that alone is worth the price of admission.


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