Cuba: History, Culture & Contemporary Life, People-to-People Cultural Experience

9 days / 8 nights
    Cuba: History, Culture & Contemporary Life, People-to-People Cultural Experience

    Cruise Latin America, Caribbean

    from 1 April 2018 to 9 April 2018
    9 days / 8 nights

    Departure Port : Havana
    Arrival Port : Santiago de Cuba

    Ship : LE PONANT

    • Ref : P010418

    Explore the finest cities and most historic regions of Cuba—many located far from Havana—unpacking just once, and enjoying the safety and comfort of the elegant 64-guest yacht Le Ponant, sailing from port to port without worrying about the condition of roads or the quality of local accommodations. Be among the first Americans to experience Cuba by sea and to discover it in all its richness—its complex history, vibrant culture, natural landscapes, and dynamic arts scene—by traveling widely and meeting and exchanging ideas with people from all corners of the island. Everywhere we go, we explore beneath the surface to discover how Cubans actually live and work. For example, in Trinidad, the crown jewel of Cuba’s colonial cities and a UNESCO World Heritage site, we tour its famed architecture with a city historian, but we also share a meal with the entrepreneurial owner of a bed and breakfast, talk with practitioners of Santeria, and visit local artisans in their studios.

    Highlights

    • Franklin W. Knight, analyst and commentator on Latin American and Caribbean history and culture, will join guests onboard to give lectures and engage in informal discussions
    • Punta Frances, one of the most remote beaches in Cuba.
    • The sea turtle breeding center in Cayo Largo
    • Hear about the Bay of Pigs invasion from the Cuban perspective
    • Tour colonial Trinidad, a UNESCO World Heritage site
    • SPECIAL NOTE: This voyage is offered as a people-to-people program in Cuba authorized by the U.S. government pursuant to the code of Federal Regulations (31 C.F.R. §565(b)(2)

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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

      1 April 2018 – At sea aboard Le Ponant

      Havana

      Embarkation 01/04/2018 from 16H00 to 19H00 . Departure 01/04/2018 at 18H00 .

      Havana, the center of Cuban government and culture, is one of the most architecturally alluring cities in the Western Hemisphere.  Old Havana, a UNESCO World Hertige Site, was founded in 1510 as the "Key to the New World." It is now in process of being restored and reclaiming its legacy.

      2 April 2018 – At sea aboard Le Ponant

      2 April 2018 – At sea aboard Le Ponant

      Arrival 02/04/2018. Departure 02/04/2018.

      During your day at sea on board Le Ponant, make the most of your free time and the comfort of your ship for a moment of rest or conviviality. If the weather is right, let yourself be tempted by a spot of sunbathing. This day without a port of call will also be an opportunity to do some shopping in the boutique and share the highlights of your cruise with the other passengers. As for lovers of the open sea, they will be able to visit the ship’s upper deck to admire the spectacle of the waves and perhaps be lucky enough to observer marine species. A truly enchanted interlude, combining relaxation, sharing and the pleasure of sailing on a yacht.

      3 April 2018 – Punta Frances, Isla de la Juventud

      3 April 2018 – Punta Frances, Isla de la Juventud

      Arrival 03/04/2018 early morning. Departure 03/04/2018 late afternoon.

      Punta Frances beach is part of Parque Nacional Marino de Punta Frances Punta Pederales, a marine conservation area established in 1978.

      4 April 2018 – Cayo Largo del Sur

      4 April 2018 – Cayo Largo del Sur

      Arrival 04/04/2018 early morning. Departure 04/04/2018 late afternoon.

      Cayo Largo is a limestone islet of white sand, teeming coral reefs, and a profusion of turtles, iguanas, cranes, and flamingoes.

      5 April 2018 – Cienfuegos

      5 April 2018 – Cienfuegos

      Arrival 05/04/2018 early morning. Departure 05/04/2018 late evening.

      6 April 2018▸7 April 2018 – Casilda

      6 April 2018▸7 April 2018 – Casilda

      Arrival 06/04/2018 early morning. Departure 07/04/2018 early 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.

      7 April 2018▸8 April 2018 – At sea aboard Le Ponant

      7 April 2018▸8 April 2018 – At sea aboard Le Ponant

      Arrival 07/04/2018. Departure 08/04/2018.

      During your day at sea on board Le Ponant, make the most of your free time and the comfort of your ship for a moment of rest or conviviality. If the weather is right, let yourself be tempted by a spot of sunbathing. This day without a port of call will also be an opportunity to do some shopping in the boutique and share the highlights of your cruise with the other passengers. As for lovers of the open sea, they will be able to visit the ship’s upper deck to admire the spectacle of the waves and perhaps be lucky enough to observer marine species. A truly enchanted interlude, combining relaxation, sharing and the pleasure of sailing on a yacht.

      8 April 2018 – Santiago de Cuba

      8 April 2018 – Santiago de Cuba

      Arrival 08/04/2018 evening. Departure 08/04/2018.

      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.

      9 April 2018▸8 April 2018 – Santiago de Cuba

      Santiago de Cuba

      Disembarkation 09/04/2018 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.

      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.

      • A visa, which PONANT will obtain for participants, is required for U.S. citizens traveling to Cuba. You must also have a passport valid for at least six months after entry into Cuba. Participants must also complete and sign a People-to-People Application Form and a Certificate of Travel to Cuba (both of these forms will be supplied to registrants). There are no innouclations required for travel to and from Cuba, but participants are urged to consult the recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control: http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/traveler/none/cuba?s_cid=ncezid-dgmq-travel-single-001

      • Cuba : participants must complete and sign a People-to-People Application Form and a Certificate of Travel to Cuba (both of these forms will be supplied) and return them to PONANT together with a copy of your passport no later than 45 days prior to travel. Those documents are necessary in order to obtain the Cuban visa/tourist card, which you will receive prior to your flight to Havana. Cuba requires all visitors to have medical insurance, this insurance is included as part of the air ticket.

      • USA: your flights are transiting via the US, a visa may be required. Please contact USA consulate website for details.

      Guest(s) Lecturer(s)

      Franklin W. Knight

      Franklin W. Knight

      Franklin W. Knight, Leonard and Helen R. Stulman Professor of History at the Johns Hopkins University, is an analyst and commentator on Latin American and Caribbean history and culture who regularly contributes his expertise on National Public Radio, the Voice of America, the British Broadcasting Corporation, PBS NewsHour, and C-Span. Elected a Corresponding Member of the Cuban Academy of History in 2012, he has organized and led educational travel programs to Cuba since the 1970s.  This vast experience, his ability to place Cuban social and political history in the broader context of Latin American cultural developments – and his ability to communicate clearly – win praises from all those who have traveled with him. His profession has honored Professor Knight by electing him President of both the Latin American Studies Association and The Historical Society.  He serves on advisory committees of the National Research Council, the Handbook of Latin American Studies of the Hispanic Division of the Library of Congress and the editorial boards of several academic journals.

       

      Language spoken: English

      Possibility of withdrawal in case of force majeure.

      Pre/Post & Overlands

      1. Before your cruise

        30/03/2018 – Discover Havana (2 nights)

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