Seabourn will become Carnival Corporation’s third brand cruising to Cuba after receiving the approval to begin sailing from Miami and San Juan, Puerto Rico with cruise bookings. The ultra-luxury cruise line will start with a 12-day cruise aboard Seabourn Sojourn departing Miami on 4 November 2019.
Guests can choose from four separate itineraries with five different departure dates. During the 11-, 12-, and 14-day sailings, Seabourn Sojourn will visit five ports in Cuba, all of which will call at three or four on each itinerary. All five voyages will feature overnight stops in the capital city Havana, allowing guests time to explore the UNESCO World Heritage Site during its 500th anniversary year.
“Undiscovered Caribbean treasure”
Richard Meadows, president of Seabourn, said: “The quest for new experiences and destinations is high on the travel agenda. Added to that Cuba is one of the most sought-after emerging destinations for many of our guests.
“Our guests and travel partners have been anxiously awaiting an ultra-luxury travel experience with a wider selection of destinations in this relatively undiscovered Caribbean treasure we are excited to finally be able to include Cuba in our itineraries. These Cuba itineraries aim to satisfy the curiosity of anyone who has considered visiting.”
The deployment of the 458-guest Seabourn Sojourn to Cuba sees the line join sister brands Fathom, Carnival Cruise Line, and Holland America Line.
Seabourn Sojourn will call at:
Antilla (Nipe Bay): The entry to the deep-cut Nipe Bay passes by the Cayo Saetia National Park, a natural reservation. The Holguin province offers authentic Cuban communities like San Isidoro de Holguin. Sierra del Cristal range holds lush pine forests and Pico Cristal and Mensura national parks with the twin Guayabo waterfalls.
Cienfuegos: One of the later colonial cities of Cuba, Cienfuegos was founded by French nationals in 1819. It is inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its concentration of 19th century architecture. An overnight stay allows exploration of the city’s highlights, as well as cultural experiences and a visit to the colonial town of Trinidad, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Havana (La Habana): Visit Cuba’s capital during its 500th anniversary in 2019. An overnight stay in the city offers opportunities to experience its history and enjoy the music, dance and graphic arts scenes. Havana invites guests to tour 16th-century plazas and art deco treasures in lovingly preserved vintage American cars from the 50s and 60s.
Punta Francés, Isla de Juventud: Known for snorkeling and diving around the coral reefs and shipwrecks in the National Marine Park, the island was once a pirate hideout and now supports farms dedicated to breeding sea turtles and crocodiles.
Santiago de Cuba: Founded in 1515, Cuba’s cultural capital is filled with monuments of its colonial and revolutionary history, including UNESCO World Heritage Site San Pedro de la Roca Castle. Santiago will be a two-day stay with highlights including its cathedrals and the museums.
While onshore, guests have the option to join UNESCO Partner Tours exploring Cuba’s World Heritage cities including Santa Clara and Trinidad, the Biosphere Reserve at Las Terrazas, plus participatory excursions both by day and by night, tracing Cuban culinary, musical and artistic heritage.
Guests can enjoy complimentary Seabourn events and experiences, such as Caviar in the Surf beach barbecues in Isla Catalina and Carambola Beach, as well as Marina Day with complimentary watersports in Isla Catalina operating directly from the back of the ship, weather and conditions permitting.
November 4, 2019, 12-day roundtrip from Miami, includes stops in Havana, Cuba (overnight); Antilla (Nipe Bay), Cuba; Santiago de Cuba (overnight); Port Antonio, Jamaica; West End, Cayman Brac, Cayman Islands; and Cienfuegos, Cuba (overnight).
November 16 & 28, 2019, 12-day Miami to Miami, includes stops in Cienfuegos, Cuba (overnight); West End, Cayman Brac, Cayman Islands; Port Antonio, Jamaica; Santiago de Cuba, Cuba (overnight); Antilla (Nipe Bay), Cuba, and Havana, Cuba (overnight).
December 10, 2019, 11-day Miami to San Juan, Puerto Rico, includes stops in Havana (La Habana), Cuba (overnight); Punta Frances, Isla de la Juventud, Cuba; Cienfuegos, Cuba; West End, Cayman Brac, Cayman Islands; Port Antonio, Jamaica; Santiago de Cuba (overnight); and Isla Catalina, Dominican Republic.
December 21, 2019, 14-day San Juan, Puerto Rico to Miami, includes stops at Gustavia, St. Barthelemy; St. John’s, Antigua, Antigua & Barbuda; Carambola Beach, St. Kitts & Nevis; Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic; Port Antonio, Jamaica; Santiago de Cuba, Cuba (overnight); Antilla (Nipe Bay), Cuba; and Havana, Cuba (overnight).