Chartered yacht voyages in Cuba no longer a dream (for some)

Posted: 28-Nov-16 09:57

A U.S.-based company is set to begin sailing foreign visitors around Cuba in serious luxury, making for the ultimate way to arrive on the Caribbean island. Offering much more intimacy than the usual Caribbean cruises, Florida-based firm The Moorings is offering travellers to Cuba week-long all-inclusive sailing trips to remember…

Chartered yacht voyages in Cuba no longer a dream (for some)

While many people have been on cruises, with the Caribbean among the world’s most popular regions for multi-stop sailing vacations, very few travellers have been lucky enough to experience what it’s like to jump aboard a small or medium-sized vessel and explore waters in intimacy.

Nevertheless, this is the best way to sail, as companies like Star Clipper have long-since proven with their small-capacity cruises. The benefits being on-board luxury, and the ability to moor at harbours that cannot receive large cruise ships and liners, thus affording a more private experience overall, where tourists have to deal with less crowded destinations and excursions.

Until now, thanks to travel and trade embargoes on the part of the US, Cuba hasn’t really opened up to the sailing holiday market, but since Washington opted to become more lenient, allowing travel from the States to the island for any one of 12 approved reasons, a new day appears to be dawning. Hence The Moorings, a specialist operator based in Clearwater, Florida, looking to jump start the huge potential this concept offers.

According to a report in Cuba Journal, the plan is to offer week-long, all-inclusive sailing trips for up to 10 people at a time, based around Marina Hemingway in Havana and Gaviota Marina in Varadero. Once onboard the five-cabin vessel, guests will be looked after by captain and chef. By day a host of trips will be on offer, including tours of sights like Hemingway House, Tobacco Farm Benito, Hotel Nacional and Revolution Square, where travellers will be accompanied by a trained guide and have their own driver. As evening approaches, there will be a choice of either dinner on the boat, or onshore.

Josie Tucci, general manager at The Moorings, said:

“The combination of daytime and sunset sailing, paired with a variety of expert-chosen onshore activities, creates an incredibly unique cultural experience, delivering the ultimate all-inclusive Cuba vacation"

The time is certainly right to roll this out. Visitor numbers to Cuba have skyrocketed in 2016, a trend that is predicted to continue. In part this is thanks to easier entry for American citizens, but also due to the fact the island is opening up to mass tourism like never before.

Despite concerns over the impact this could have on its authenticity, for the time being at least it has never been simpler and there have never been more options available when it comes to planning a trip to this spectacular and truly unique destination


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