Cuba is a vibrant and unique country with a spirit like no other. The capital, Havana, is famed for its brightly coloured colonial buildings and streets packed with old American classic cars. Rum, cigars and dancing have also all helped the island make its mark on the map.
As regulations continue to dissolve, American cruise lines such as Royal Caribbean® and Carnival are adding more sailings, while many international lines including Regent Seven Seas and P&O Cruises are including this historical island in their Caribbean cruise deals. As a major port of Cuba, there are plenty of Havana port excursions available – from special interest Hemmingway tours to food tours through the capital’s cuisine. Take a look at some of our top picks for a glimpse of what could be in store.
Cuba’s classic cars
The American classic car is synonymous with Cuba, and this half day excursion will give you a real taste of the importance these vehicles have played in recent history. Cruise around the colonial city of Havana with an English speaking guide and take in the main thoroughfares. Flitting from the new to the old quarters, you’ll stop off at an authentic restaurant for a bite to eat before returning to the pier where your crew awaits.
If you’re looking for a shorter cruise to Cuba, take a look at Norwegian Cruise Line’s range of four-day cruises departing from Miami. With a quick stopover in the Bahamas, enjoy two full days exploring the colourful capital from the award-winning Norwegian Sky or fun-filled Norwegian Sun, both promising plenty of entertainment and culinary delights onboard.
Discover the Valley of the Vinales
An excursion to this UNESCO World Heritage Site is not to be missed. The outstanding Karst Valley is littered with huge limestone rocks called mogotes and surrounded by rich tobacco fields and palm trees, offering visitors a completely different look at Cuban Culture. Visit a rum factory for a quick tasting before heading to a cigar plantation to learn about the production of Vegueros cigars. Sail through the underground river and enjoy an authentic lunch with incredible views over the valley before heading back to the comfort of your ship.
Oceania Cruises offer this and a number of other diverse shore excursions onboard their upper-premium fleet. Sail on a round-trip from Miami onboard the elegant Insignia and be wooed by her neo-classical teak furnishings. What’s more, her custom stone and generous suites having recently undergone a multimillion-dollar transformation.
Buena Vista Social Club
While the Buena Vista Social Club closed its doors back in the 1940s, the Cabana Cafe in Havana has done a fantastic job recreating the spirit of the original venue. Step back in time on this evening shore excursion, sipping on complimentary cocktails as the Buena Vista Social Club brand serve up some of the best musicians in Cuba.
Cruise with Carnival onboard the beautiful Carnival Paradise from Tampa and take in the vibrant sights and sounds of Cuba from your relaxed ship. When you’re not busy exploring the capital’s exquisite character, you’ll find an array of venues onboard – from The Punchliner Comedy Club to the dazzling Show Lounge.
Best of Havana
The eclectic and beautiful capital is a maze of atmospheric streets adorned with classic cars, colonial architecture and local history. Embark on one of the classic Cuba cruise excursions and you’ll spend a full day exploring this all-encompassing city, stopping off at all the notable spots. Explore Finca Vigia, Ernest Hemmingway’s lookout house, and Revolution Square, the home of the country’s historic, political rallies. Wander through artistan markets, sample authentic Cuban cuisine and marvel at the diversity from the top of your panoramic bus tour.
Enjoy this excursion with Royal Caribbean® and continue the Cuban spirit back onboard the newly revamped Empress of the Seas. Specially adapted for her Cuban voyage, head to the vibrant, latin-themed bar Boleros and enjoy everything that is Cuba. Salsa the night away to live music, sip mojitos and enjoy hand-rolled cigars as you’re graced with some of the best Latin beats at sea.
Santiago de Cuba
The most popular Cuban port of call is without a doubt Havana, but opt for a Cuba-focused cruise and you’ll have the opportunity to explore the island’s other sides too. Santiago de Cuba is the country’s second largest city and offers a completely different experience to the capital. History enthusiasts will enjoy exploring the ancient Morro Castle, a UNESCO World Heritage Site noted for its preservation, Revolution Square and Santa Ifigenia’s mausoleum. Head to Cespedes Park and admire the city’s beautiful cathedral before exploring the main streets at your leisure.
Voyage along the coast of Cuba with Silversea onboard the intimate Silver Explorer and enjoy an action packed itinerary, visiting a number of other ports including Punta Frances, Cienfuegos and Havana.
Whether you’re looking for a dedicated Cuba cruise or a simple stopover as you voyage through the Caribbean, take a look at our top deals and set sail for a guaranteed adventure.
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