SeaDream Yacht Club heads to Cuba
The mega-yacht voyages will sail from Havana or Cienfuegos for a discovery voyage circling the island of Cuba. The 112-guest mega-yacht provides the ideal vantage point to explore the Caribbean nation’s rich cultural landscape.
“Cuba is changing now in noticeable ways, and for many there is a desire to see it before it loses its identity,” said Jannicke Rognstad, Vice President at SeaDream. She added, “It truly is one of those ‘you have to see it’ experiences. Pictures and second-hand accounts won’t do it justice.”
The small island nation, which remains inaccessible to many, is a land brimming with curiosities, hosting experiences of culture, history and personal enrichment. SeaDream’s Cuba sailings will explore the island from Havana to Cienfuegos, with stops in some of the country’s most storied and least-travelled ports. The series of seven-day voyages will take place in Cuba, a unique offering for sailings in the country.
Fares for the 7-day Cuba voyages start at £3,992 per guest. The inclusive fare includes ocean view accommodations, gourmet meals and gratuities as well as wine with lunch and dinner.
What ports are visited on SeaDream’s 2019 Cuba sailings?
The capital of the island nation and the most populated at over 2.1 million residents, Havana is the 4th most populous area in the Caribbean region. The walled capital was founded by Spain in the 16th century. The sinking of an American warship in 1898 signalled the beginning of the Spanish- American war. “Old Havana” became a UNESCO World Heritage site in the 80’s. Havana experienced exponential growth in the 1930’s when the city became a major tourist destination until 1959 when Fidel Castro came into power following the revolution. Visitors to Havana enjoy colourful displays of history, culture, architecture, music, and the arts.
La Perla del Sur, or “Pearl of the South, this southern city was first populated by indigenous peoples and later settled by French immigrants in the 1800’s. The port, very large by the standards of the times, was instrumental in multi-national trade, especially between South America and Jamaica. Sugar was a major export of the city. The city’s Urban Historic Centre is a UNESCO World-Heritage Site, serving as an example of urban planning accomplished during the 19th century by the Spanish. Other attractions include Castillo de Nuestra Senora (a castle/fort), historic cathedrals, botanical gardens, a cigar factory, and the University of Cienfuegos.
Trinidad is a town in the jurisdiction of Sancti Spititus, central Cuba in a preserved Spanish colonial settlement founded in 1514. Declared a World Heritage Site in 1988, Trinidad is the holder of Cuba’s oldest and most captivating ‘outdoor museum’. Charming cobblestone streets bustling with country folk, wild donkeys and pleasant musicians captures perfectly everything Trinidad is known for. Tucked away you’ll find Trinidad’s natural lures of some of the best beaches in Cuba. Playa Ancon is a retreat all on its own with luscious hiking trails and scenic waterfalls, a place you don’t want to miss.
Cayo Largo, Cuba
An intimate resort island in Cuba also known as Cayo Largo del Sur (“Long Cay”). Being the largest of 300 island in the Canarreos Archipelago, the cay runs close to 25 kilometers (16 miles) long and 3 kilometers (1.9 miles) wide. With a zero-permanent population, the island beaches of Playo Sirena and Playo Paraiso are kept in pristine beauty and offers the finest undeveloped beaches in the world ready for enjoyment. With only a kilometer separating the two coasts, one can experience the walk between them during low tide. Be adventurous in deep sea fishing, discover the paths by jeep or trot horseback among the coast. The possibilities are limitless here is Cayo Largo.
Isla de Juventud, Cuba
Known as the “Isle of Youth” and the “Isle of Treasure”, is the second largest island off Cuba. Very popular with divers and “treasure hunters”, this island is known for its beauty and pirate stories and history. It’s home to Punta Frances Marine National Park which is great for diving the beautiful coral; it’s idyllic and unspoiled. You’ll also enjoy beautiful black-sand beaches with crystal clear aqua water.
Maria la Gorda, Cuba
Maria la Gorda, part of the Western Cuban province of Pinar del Rio is a scuba diver’s dream and another yachting port where bigger ships cannot follow. The port is full of lush natural landscapes, native birds and animals, and the sea life is simply spectacular. The shimmering, aqua colored waters welcome experienced and beginner divers and snorkelers. Authentic Cuban Mojitos and fresh seafood are served by locals right on the beach. Experiencing this Island’s sunset should definitely be at the top of your “to do” list.
Seadream Yacht Club
SeaDream Yacht Club, rated #1 Boutique Cruise Ship according to the 2017 Berlitz Guide to Cruising & Cruise Ships, has achieved the industry’s highest accolades for its two twin, casually elegant mega-yachts, SeaDream I and SeaDream II. With a maximum of only 112 guests and a 95-person award-winning crew, “It’s yachting, not cruising,” defines not only the size of the vessels, but the onboard lifestyle and anticipatory service.