Between Cuba and Jamaica

7 days / 6 nights
    New
    Roundtrip flight included
    Between Cuba and Jamaica
    Flight Paris / Holguin + hotels + visits + transfers + flight La Havana / Paris

    Cruise Caribbean

    from 12 February 2018 to 18 February 2018
    7 days / 6 nights

    Departure Port : Santiago de Cuba
    Arrival Port : Cienfuegos

    Ship : LE PONANT

    • Ref : SC3145 - P120218

    Discover a new 7-day PONANT cruise itinerary combining idyllic islands and Cuban cities, sailing from Santiago de Cuba to Cienfuegos.

    Before your cruise, you will visit Santiago de Cuba, a bustling melting pot of a city where life is lived to the rhythm of Cuban music. There, you will be able to admire many houses that bear witness to the city’s colonial past, as well as the Basilica de la Virgen de la Caridad del Cobre.  

    You will then board Le Ponant and head towards Jamaica to reach Montego Bay, to the north-west of the island. This vibrant city offers great possibilities for swimming in turquoise water lined with white sand.

    When your ship stops in George Town, the capital of the Cayman Islands, you will be able to alternate between shopping and relaxing – perhaps on the very long Seven Mile Beach?

    Your yacht will then set sail for the stunning Cienfuegos Bay. This elegant city was established in the early 19th century and its first settlers were French. Its beautiful architecture blends modern, neoclassical, and influences from the Spanish Age of Enlightenment.

    From Casilda, visit Trinidad and Valle de Los Ingenios, whose very beautiful buildings reflect the former glory days of the sugar industry and are listed as UNESCO World Heritage.

    After your disembarkation in Cienfuegos, you will discover Havana, the vibrant capital of Cuba. Old Havana is brimming with buildings of great architectural value and narrow streets down which to wander. The seafront is also ideal for a stroll, along the Malecón, a favourite gathering place for Cubans.

    Highlights

    • UNESCO sites: the urban historic centre of Cienfuegos, Trinidad and Valle de Los Ingenios (from Casilda), Old Havana and its fortification system.
    • A varied cruise featuring colonial architecture, cities with a rich past, idyllic islands, relaxation and shopping.
    • The inimitable Cuban atmosphere, with old cars, music, nightlife, Caribbean culture and walks along the seafront.
    • After your cruise, visiting Havana, an exuberant and lively melting pot.

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      LE PONANT

      Mythical destinations and secret ports of call only accessible to small capacity yachts. Ponant’s signature are Frenchstyle cuisine in a welcoming and intimate environment, discreet yet attentive service where no attention to detail is spared, unforgettable moments of relaxation aboard elegant French flag yachts of character. A sophisticated yet friendly atmosphere, in which, emotions, discovery and the quest for authenticity all take priority. Experience cruising in a different way and discover the magic of « Yacht Cruising ».

      Given her size, shallow draft and a design that is very open to the sea (large sundeck, outdoor restaurant, easy access to the sea for swimming from her marina), Le Ponant, PONANT’s symbolic flagship gives passengers the feeling they are on a private yacht. The 32 staterooms all have a port hole and are tastefully decorated in a harmony of blues and whites. Two comfortable lounges and two restaurants complete the intimate spaces on this beautiful yacht.

       

       

      Port of call & excursions

      12 February 2018 – Santiago de Cuba

      Santiago de Cuba

      Embarkation 12/02/2018 from 17H00 to 18H00 . Departure 12/02/2018 at 00H00 .

      Set at the head of a spacious bay that is surrounded by mountains, Santiago, Cuba’s second largest city, is one of the island’s oldest cities, founded in 1515. The city is known for its eclectic architectural styles that range from Colonial to Art Nouveau, as well as for its flourishing artistic and cultural scene.

      13 February 2018 – Santiago de Cuba

      13 February 2018 – Santiago de Cuba

      Arrival 13/02/2018. Departure 13/02/2018 early afternoon.

      Set at the head of a spacious bay that is surrounded by mountains, Santiago, Cuba’s second largest city, is one of the island’s oldest cities, founded in 1515. The city is known for its eclectic architectural styles that range from Colonial to Art Nouveau, as well as for its flourishing artistic and cultural scene.

      14 February 2018 – Montego Bay

      14 February 2018 – Montego Bay

      Arrival 14/02/2018 early morning. Departure 14/02/2018 early afternoon.

      15 February 2018 – Georgetown, Grand Cayman

      15 February 2018 – Georgetown, Grand Cayman

      Arrival 15/02/2018 late morning. Departure 15/02/2018 late afternoon.

      16 February 2018 – Cienfuegos

      16 February 2018 – Cienfuegos

      Arrival 16/02/2018 midday. Departure 16/02/2018 late evening.

      Known as the Pearl of the South, Cienfuegos, a small port town lying in the crook of Cuba’s largest bay, shines with a thousand lights. Its colourful city centre with its unique architecture combines French and Spanish influences from the 14th and 20th century and consists of constructions of a neoclassical and eclectic style. A UNESCO World Heritage listed town, its colonial heritage is clearly visible to the visitor. As you wander through the narrow streets, do not miss a visit to the José Martí park in the former Plaza de Armas, the government palace which is now the town hall, and the Malecon waterfront walkway. Make the most of the gentle way of life and, as night falls, enjoy the festive atmosphere in the town. 

      17 February 2018 – Casilda

      17 February 2018 – Casilda

      Arrival 17/02/2018 early morning. Departure 17/02/2018 late afternoon.

      Trinidad is the crown jewel of Cuba’s colonial towns. Founded in 1514, it is now a UNESCO World Heritage site. Its cobblestoned streets are lined with neoclassical and baroque homes and buildings embellished with wrought-iron grillwork.

      18 February 2018▸17 February 2018 – Cienfuegos

      Cienfuegos

      Disembarkation 18/02/2018 at 07H00 .

      Known as the Pearl of the South, Cienfuegos, a small port town lying in the crook of Cuba’s largest bay, shines with a thousand lights. Its colourful city centre with its unique architecture combines French and Spanish influences from the 14th and 20th century and consists of constructions of a neoclassical and eclectic style. A UNESCO World Heritage listed town, its colonial heritage is clearly visible to the visitor. As you wander through the narrow streets, do not miss a visit to the José Martí park in the former Plaza de Armas, the government palace which is now the town hall, and the Malecon waterfront walkway. Make the most of the gentle way of life and, as night falls, enjoy the festive atmosphere in the town. 

      Formalities

      • The information below is current but subject to change at any time without advance notice from government authorities. Please consult your respective government agencies for visa and health information.

      • Passport valid for at least six (6) months beyond the completion of your trip. Passport must contain at least two completely clear, blank, unused visa pages for each visa required, not including any amendment pages. Visa pages with stains or ink from other pages in the passport are not usable. Guests who deviate from the scheduled embarkation or disembarkation port should research the foreign entry requirements for the port country. Due to government regulations, regrettably, Ponant will have to deny boarding to any guest who fails to obtain the appropriate travel documentation for this trip.

      • Warning about the use of drones: the use of drones aboard PONANT ships, whether they are sailing at sea, at a port of call or anchored, is strictly forbidden. The use of drones on land in the Arctic and Antarctic regions is also strictly forbidden by international polar regulations. In other regions, it may be possible to use drones on land if permission has been obtained from the relevant authorities of each country and each region travelled through, as well as a pilot’s licence that should be obtained from your home country. Passengers are responsible for obtaining these permits; they should be able to present them at all times. Passengers who do not obtain these authorisations expose themselves to the risk of legal proceedings.

      • Cuba: A Cuba Tourist card is mandatory for this cruise, it will be sent with your cruise documents and charged onboard (55€ subject to change).

        Proof of medical insurance is required. Different formalities apply for passengers who were born in Cuba, even if they are of different citizenship now.

      • Canada: Entry (or transit) by air - The eTA is required for Australian and British citizens, US citizens are exempt. Other nationalities, please contact Canada consulate website for details. http://www.canada.ca/en/index.html

      Flight Paris / Holguin + hotels + visits + transfers + flight La Havana / Paris

      For your serenity, PONANT selects a flight for your trip and provides transfers and visits. This package is included in your cruise fare.

       

      Before your embarkation

      Day 1 – Santiago de Cuba

      Flight Paris/Holguin selected by PONANT

      Meet and greet at the airport arrival hall in Holguín. Look for PONANT sign. You will be greeted by our local representative off the PONANT selected flight.

      Expect long waiting time for luggage delivery at the airport.

      You will be transferred to the Melia Hotel (approximately 2h30).

      Check-in

      Day 2 – Santiago de Cuba

      Check-out.

      You will depart the hotel in the morning to explore the height of Santiago de Cuba and one of the famous pilgrimage place of Cuba El Cobre.

      El Cobre means "copper" in Spanish, because this town was once a mining town. On the top of the mountain, from the Basilica you can see the village and the ancient copper mines.

      Lunch will be served in a local restaurant.

      After lunch, you will follow your visit of the western part of Santiago de Cuba before being transferred to the port, in time for embarkation.

       

      – Cruise on board Le Ponant –

       

      Disembarkation Day - Cienfuegos

      Disembarkation.

      Meet and greet at the port (English-speaking assistance).

      Transfer to La Havana with a panoramic tour of the middle-western part of Cuba. (approximately 3h00 hrs driving)

      Enjoy your lunch in La Havana.

      Hotel check-in.

      Afternoon is at leisure

      Dinner in the city center of Cuba

      Overnight at the hotel.

      Day 2 – La Havana

      Discover the western part of Cuba and enjoy a full day tour in the area of Pinar del Rio.

      Pinar del Río is one of the last major cities founded by the Spanish in Cuba, this area is also the center of the tobacco plantation.

      With its unusual mogotes (rounded limestone mountains) aligned along the plains, the landscape of Pinar del Rio is one of the most beautiful on the island. Plains, where Cuban cowboys wander, are surrounded by mountain ranges and vast expanses of tropical forests.

      Lunch will be served in a local restaurant.

      After an enriching day, you will be transferred back to La Havana to enjoy a dinner at your hotel.

      Day 3 – La Havana

      Morning at leisure

      Check-out.

      Lunch will be served in a local restaurant.

      After lunch, follow your guide on a tour of La Havana.

      At the end of the afternoon transfer to the airport in time for flight check in.

      Flight Havana/Paris selected by PONANT.

      Your hotels: 

      Melia hotel - Santiago de Cuba

      The Melia Santiago de Cuba combines elegance and comfort for the perfect stay on the island. Located in the Avenida de las Americas, it offers spectacular views of the city and the Sierra Maestra mountains. The hotel offers varied and exquisite dining options at its 4 restaurants. Its 3 bars offer delicious tropical cocktails, the best Cuban and international drinks, and accompanied by live music.

      Iconic hotel and the only one of its kind in Santiago de Cuba with interesting history, art and authentic traditional music, making it a unique and unforgettable culture location.

       

      Gran Hotel Manzana Kempinski - La Havana

      Considered as one of the first true luxury hotels in Cuba, the Gran Hotel Manzana Kempinski La Havana is located in the historic Manzana de Gomez building, an early-20th-century building, with direct view of the capitol and the Great theatre of Havana. Experience redefined luxury hospitality in the heart of Havana’s old city, the hotel proposes a variety of restaurants and bars, which also includes a cigar lounge and a roof top panoramic restaurant and bar. Each room is lovingly furnished with polished teak floors and a wealth of designer furnishings, both locally-produced and imported. The rooftop terrace and swimming pool, with views over the old town are just one of the many highlights.

      Your programme includes:

      • PONANT selected flight Paris/Holguin in economy class (via Montreal).
      • PONANT selected flight Havana/Paris in economy class.
      • 1 night accommodation at Melia hotel Santiago de Cuba (or similar) with breakfast.
      • 2 nights accommodation at Grand Manzana Kempinski La Havana (or similar) with breakfast.
      • 2 dinners and 4 lunches including the beverage package (mineral water + 1 local beer or 1 soft drink + tea or coffee).
      • Transfers and visits as per programme.
      • English-speaking guide.

      Your programme does not include:

      • Tips for the local guide.
      • Personal expenses.
      • Other services not mentioned in the programme.

      Please note:

      The convertible peso is the CUC and is the currency used for tourist purposes. You can do money exchange in banks or currency exchange locations known as CADECA.

      Once you are leaving Cuba, you will find banks and CADECA’s in the airport where you can change your CUC for your original currency.

      It is advisable to wear light cotton fabrics, t-shirts, shorts and preferably sandals.

       

      Duration of the visits are given as a guide only. The order of the visits may be reversed

      To know your PONANT flight schedule, please contact your travel advisor; it is also indicated on your electronic ticket included in your travel documents.

      Passengers must check in at least two hours before flight departure time.

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