will depart directly from Havana or Cienfuegos and circumnavigate the western side of the island.
The 112-guest mega-yacht, SeaDream II, will provide the ideal vantage point to experience the
Caribbean nation’s rich, cultural landscape.
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 local townspeople, wild donkeys and the sights and sounds of a
bygone era. Trinidad has of some of the best beaches in Cuba, with Playa Ancon offering hiking
trails and scenic waterfalls.
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. The possibilities are
limitless here is Cayo Largo.
La Perla del Sur, or “Pearl of the South, is a southern city originally
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 Center is a UNESCO World-Heritage Site, and serves 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.
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 signaled the
beginning of the Spanish-American war. 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. “Old Havana” became a UNESCO World Heritage site in the 1980’s.Visitors
to Havana enjoy colorful displays of culture, architecture, music, and the arts.
Isla de Juventud, Cuba
Known as the “Isle of Youth” or “Isle of Treasure”, Isla De
Juventud is the second largest island off Cuba’s shore. Very popular with divers and “treasure
hunters”, this island is known for its beauty, history and pirate lore. Discover the idyllic and
unspoiled Punta Frances Marine National Park; an excellent coral reef diving location. Beautiful
black-sand beaches line the beckoning turquoise waters.
Maria la Gorda, Cuba
Maria la Gorda, a port only accommodating smaller vessels, is part
of the Western Cuban province of Pinar del Rio; known as a scuba diver’s paradise. The port’s
lush landscape is home to native birds and animals. The shimmering, aqua colored waters welcome
experienced and beginner divers, as well as snorkelers. Authentic Cuban Mojitos and fresh seafood
are served along the beachfront. Experiencing Cuba’s sunset should be at the top of your “to do”
Santiago de Cuba, Cuba
The second largest city in Cuba was founded in the 1500’s by
Spanish conquistadors. Like many cities of the Caribbean, Santiago de Cuba was fought over by
both France and England. The Cuban Revolution actually began in this city in 1953 when the
Moncada barracks were attacked by Castro-backed rebels. The city is home to the citadel of San
Pedro de la Roca, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Rum lovers take note; the Bacardi liquor brand
was founded in Santiago de Cubac.