Cuba added to Sailo charters for private yacht charters in 2017

Posted: 23-Dec-16 10:29

At $140,000, a new bespoke boat trip from America to Cuba could be the most opulent way to explore the island. Sailo has just launched the two-week yacht trip from Florida to Cuba – but what do passengers get for the eye-watering amount?

Cuba added to Sailo charters for private yacht charters in 2017

It has been described as "the AirBnb of boats", and now it has added the growing list of ways to explore Cuba, with voyages expected to begin in May 2017.

The same magazine we took that turn of phrase from also claims this will be the "most luxurious way to travel to Cuba". And the writers should know, considering those words appeared in Conde Naste Traveller, one of the planet’s foremost luxury travel magazines and websites.

Sailo, the company in question, allows captains and boat owners to rent out their vessels to well-heeled passengers looking for a different kind of yacht or cruise experience – something much more personal than the major operators could ever offer. Itineraries can be tailor made to suite a variety of interests and hobbies, with the new route from the Florida Keys in the Southern US to Cuba no exception.

Options are likely to include national park hopping, bespoke tours of Old Havana, trips to the private island of Varadero, along with watersports such as scuba diving, and lobster fishing. It all sounds like paradise, and this is before you read the bit about being on a 103-foot yacht that can carry up to eight guests. You’ll have access to amenities onboard, like the on-deck pool, BBQ area, waterslides, inflatable trampolines, jet skis, paddle boards and snorkeling kit. A Yellowfin tender can also be added for an additional fee.

Adrian Gradinaru, CEO and founder of Sailo, told Condé Nast Traveler:

“We have been captivated by Cuba, a land with a fascinating culture, history, and immense natural beauty – and, until recently, just beyond the reach of the average traveller.”

This $140,000 vacation dream is only possible because of recent changes to laws and regulations governing travel between the U.S. and Cuba. During the Cold War of the 1950s, strict travel and trade embargoes were placed on Havana by Washington amid paranoia surrounding the spread of Communism. These remained in place until the Barack Obama administration made amendments to restart diplomatic ties.

The president is due to be replaced in January 2017 by Donald Trump, at which point it’s unclear on the future of this new openness between the two countries, but for now at least things look prosperous and bright for the tourism economy of Cuba. And that’s not a reference to the weather. 


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