Azamara adds Santiago de Cuba to its cruise itineraries

Posted: 17-May-17 11:06

US cruise firm Azamara has added a further four trips to its 2018 brochures, bringing the total number of itineraries to six, with options for multiple overnights in Havana, and combining Cuba with Panama and Costa Rica, or Grand Cayman.

Azamara adds Santiago de Cuba to its cruise itineraries

While recent tourism news coming out of Cuba suggests that some U.S. travel companies have overestimated passenger demand for the Caribbean island, with several airlines paring back their offering, it seems that sea voyages bound for the tropical land of cigars and colourful buildings remain in rude health.

According to a report on Travel Pulse, Azamara Club Cruises is the latest brand to increase its overall offering when it comes to sailings to Cuba, reacting to a "higher than ever" demand for places onboard its ships by adding a further four trips to the much sought-after destination in 2018. These itineraries include opportunities for travelers to enjoy an overnight stop in the capital, Havana, in addition to calls at several other key destinations on the island.

Santiago de Cuba and Cienfuegos are the two new waypoints added to the sailings, opening up new corners of this incredible country for those looking to explore beyond the main city. This brings the total number of itineraries from Azamara Club to six, which begin with the Havana Discovery Voyage, which sets off for ten nights from 20th November.

“Interest in traveling to Cuba from both new and loyal guests is undeniable. Destination Immersion is the heartbeat of our brand, so naturally, we wanted to deliver authentic experiences in Cuba—from new ports to unique land discovery offerings—that truly bring the country’s rich history, culture and people to life.”

Says Larry Pimentel, President & CEO of Azamara Club Cruises, explained via press release.

It’s also possible to combine cruises to Cuba with other dream locations in the global region. In January, for example, The Panama Canal & Costa Rica Voyage will begin, calling off at Havana en route south to the Central American countries. Meanwhile, the Cuba & Grand Cayman Voyage involves both Havana and Santiago, with seven full nights spent onboard from 19th March.

Other passengers may prefer to stay on the island overnight, which is what’s on offer with the Cuba Intensive Voyages- whereby guests have the chance to sleep in Havana itself for two nights. Likely to prove more popular with younger guests looking for more freedom from the tightly-timed itineraries more traditional cruises are known for, these itineraries offer an incredible opportunity to truly immerse yourself in the sights, sounds, and culture of this truly iconic city- from roaming the cobblestone streets after sundown looking for a salsa club, to escaping the powerful sun beneath a patio cover to indulge in a traditional breakfast.  


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