Set sail on this Cuba Discovery cruise aboard our boutique expedition cruise and explore the unique heritage of Cuba. From the bustling streets of Havana to the colonial architecture of Cienfuegos, experience this fascinating island’s rich history and culture. This is a journey for the senses. Immerse yourself in the sights, sounds, and smells of Cuba. Sample the local cuisine, listen to live music, and dance the night away. Dive among sunken pirate ships and caves or relax on fine sandy beaches fringed by coconut palms. Your journey ends in Nassau, Bahamas, where you can reflect on your unforgettable voyage of discovery.
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Cuba Discovery 10 Nights Itinerary
10 nights | Swan Hellenic: SH Diana
CARTAGENA – DAY 1 Cartagena is a historic city on Colombia’s Caribbean coast, famous for its well-preserved colonial walls and fortifications. It is a UNESCO World Heritage site and a cultural treasure, where visitors can enjoy the old town’s colorful architecture, lively music, and rich history. Cartagena also offers beautiful beaches, tropical islands, and diverse museums for every taste.
DAY AT SEA – DAY 2 Sea days are rarely dull. Take the time to sit back and let the world go by. The ship’s observation decks provide stunning views of the passing ocean. A day at sea gives you the opportunity to mingle with other passengers and share your experiences of this incredible trip or head to our library which is stocked full of reference books. Get an expert’s view in one of our on-board lectures or perhaps perfect your photography skills with invaluable advice from our onboard professional photographers.
SANTIAGO DE CUBA – DAY 3-4 Santiago de Cuba is a vibrant city on the eastern coast of Cuba, known for its rich cultural and historical heritage. It is the birthplace of many musical genres, such as son, trova, and bolero, and the scene of significant events in the Cuban Revolution. Santiago de Cuba offers visitors a variety of attractions, from colonial architecture and museums to religious sites and natural wonders. You can explore the impressive Castillo de San Pedro de la Roca, a UNESCO World Heritage site, visit the Basilica de la Virgen de la Caridad del Cobre, the patron saint of Cuba, or enjoy the lively nightlife on Calle Heredia. Santiago de Cuba is also a great base to discover the Caribbean coast’s nearby beaches, islands, and mountains.
CIENFUEGOS – DAY 5-6 Cienfuegos is a charming city on the southern coast of Cuba, known as the Pearl of the South for its elegant architecture and scenic bay. It is a UNESCO World Heritage site and a cultural gem, where visitors can admire the French-inspired buildings, enjoy the lively music and theatre scene, and learn about the history and traditions of the region. Cienfuegos also offers natural attractions, such as the botanical gardens, the Castillo de Jagua, and the beaches of Rancho Luna.
MARIA LA GORDA – DAY 7 Maria la Gorda is a secluded beach on the western tip of Cuba, within the Guanahacabibes Peninsula National Park. It is a paradise for divers, who can explore coral reefs, caves, tunnels, and shipwrecks in the clear waters of the Bahía de Corrientes. Maria la Gorda is also a place to enjoy nature and relax, surrounded by coconut palms, mangroves, and woodland—the ideal place for travelers who want to escape the crowds and discover a hidden gem of Cuba.
HAVANA – DAY 8-9 Havana is Cuba’s capital and largest city, a vibrant and colorful destination that offers a mix of history, culture, and entertainment. Havana is famous for its colonial architecture, classic cars, salsa music, and cigar factories. You can explore the old town of Habana Vieja, a UNESCO World Heritage site, where you can admire the Plaza de la Catedral, the Castillo de los Tres Reyes del Morro, and the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes. You can also enjoy the lively atmosphere of Centro Habana and Vedado, where you can find bars, restaurants, theatres, and nightclubs. Havana will captivate you with its charm and energy.
DAY AT SEA – DAY 10 Days at sea are the perfect chance to relax, unwind and do whatever takes your fancy. So whether that is going to the gym, visiting the spa, trying to spot a whale from the deck, reading a chapter or two, or simply topping up your tan, these blue sea days are the perfect balance to the green days spent exploring on land.
NASSAU – DAY 11 Nassau is the capital and largest city of The Bahamas, a sunny and lively destination that offers a variety of experiences for travelers. Nassau is famous for its stunning beaches, such as Cable Beach and Nirvana Beach, where you can enjoy swimming, snorkeling, and water sports. Nassau is also rich in history and culture, with attractions like the Pompey Museum, Parliament Square, and the Nassau Public Library. You can also explore the colorful and vibrant downtown area, where you can find shops, restaurants, bars, and markets.
We are providing a list of sample excursions that Swan Hellenic may offer on this itinerary, which are subject to change. We constantly update our shore excursion program with exclusive and genuine experiences, so please do not hesitate to review your excursion program choice closer to your departure date.
Swan Hellenic Expedition Cruise Inclusions
Regional flights to the port of embarkation and/or disembarkation (ONLY available for Antarctica cruises starting or ending in Ushuaia, Arctic cruises starting and ending in Longyearbyen and Kangerlussuaq)
Group return transfers from the airport to the cruise port (via our included accommodation where applicable)
One night pre-cruise accommodation with breakfast in a 4/5-star hotel or onboard
All meals onboard
Onboard accommodation in a stateroom selected category
24-hour room service
Coffee, tea, soft drinks and selected alcoholic beverages available 24-hours per day
Lecture programmes by our experienced expedition team and guest speakers
One selected shore excursion/expedition activities per port of call (Kayak not included, bookable for a fee on board)
Branded Swan Hellenic expedition parka and use of rubber boots in Polar Regions
Onboard gratuities & port taxes
Swan Hellenic Expedition Ship Information | SH Diana
SH Diana been specially designed for worldwide cruising to explore the most inspiring and inaccessible places on earth
SH Diana has extensive outside deck areas multiple observation points and bright, open and relaxing public spaces with unobstructed views
The ship has named after the Ancient Roman goddess of light, the moon, hunting and the wilderness
SH Diana’s 96 staterooms, including 11 suites, are each a superbly comfortable home from home and all feature panoramic sea views
Arriving in early 2023, SH Diana will be the largest ship in the fleet, providing elegant and spacious 5-star accommodation for 192 guests in 96 spacious staterooms and suites, the vast majority with large balconies. Operated by an onboard team of 140 she will provide the highest levels of personal service and take Swan Hellenic back to its roots when she launches, exploring the Mediterranean and its famous sites of antiquity. Now sit back, relax and take a moment to get to know this amazing new ship, purpose-designed for the unique cultural expedition cruises.
Staterooms and Suites are based on two travellers. Price varies based on ship location. Solo traveller price available on request.
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