Tours

Cruise to Cuba 2018 with Sr. Joan Chittister and Rev. Dr. Joan Brown Campbell

8 days
Cuba
Starting from $1599 * Taxes & Fees Apply

If you’re serious about immersing yourself in another culture, join us on this exciting opportunity. With your help, our program of cultural, artistic, and humanitarian exchanges can create new bonds between the people of the U.S. and Cuba, support increased economic activity, and encourage the Cuban people to share their stories with the world. As you’ll discover, they do have stories worth sharing!  Enjoy guest speakers Sr. Joan Chittister and Rev. Dr. Joan Brown Campbell while on board the Celestyal Crystal.

Aboard the Celestyal Crystal

When you step aboard the Celestyal Crystal, you enter a world where modern technology meets the grand era of ocean travel. Her yacht inspired design and classic teak promenade decks evoke an intimate atmosphere, with all the amenities of a modern 5 star hotel.

Enjoy spacious staterooms and suites, elegant restaurants, bars and lounges, an internet centre, spa and fitness rooms, and nine open promenade decks, where you can revel in the splendor of a starlit ocean sky.

Onboard, you will have the chance to enjoy seminars on everything from Cuban culture, salsa dancing, authentic Cuban cooking and more. The staff onboard includes a majority of Cuban born workers in all capacities that provide top notch service with a smile.

Excursions in Cuba

A unique part of the cruise will be your faith-based and cultural excursions in each port. Excursions in Cuba are included in your cruise package and pricing.

These exciting excursions are designed to give you a true cultural immersion experience. You will learn about the lives and aspirations of the Cuban people. The excursions will involve cultural education and time to interact with artists, musicians, small-business owners, students and others.

EO guests will have exclusive visits to churches and/or ministries to learn the history of the religious experience in Cuba. You will interact with religious leaders.*

All excursions meet the people-to-people guidelines set forth by the U.S. government and are based on a minimum of 25 guests participating and are operated by companies with the proper licensing

*A minimum of 25 guests needed to operate the church visits.

What’s Included

  • Cruise
  • Gratuities
  • Meals on Ship
  • Select Shore Excursions
  • Visas (U.S. Citizens)
  • White Drink Package (onboard bottled water, soft drinks, tea and coffee)
  • Required Medical Insurance

Daily Itinerary

Day 1 Departu USA & Arrive in Montego Bay

Arrive in scenic Montego Bay this afternoon and board the Celestyal Crystal this evening.

Day 2 Santiago de Cuba

Discover the distinctly Caribbean spirit of Santiago de Cuba. Its diverse architecture and Afro-Cuban culture will enchant you. Remember Cuba's long struggle for independence with a visit to Santa Ifgenia Cemetery to witness the changing of the guards at Jose Matis' Tomb and walk past the simple rock grave of Fidel Castro. Visit the Castillo de San Pedro de la Roca on the scenic coast. Originally built as a fort to ward off pirates, it later was reused as a fortress during the Spanish-American War. Stop at San Juan Hill and view the scenery below as Teddy Roosevelt and his Rough Riders would have. Tour the Moncada Barracks now a museum to the revolution. The attack on the barracks by Fidel Castro's revolutionaries on July 26 was the starting point of his revolution. Fidel Castro would later name his revolution movement after the July 26th date of the attack. After your touring is done you will be dropped off in the city center for a visit to the Basilica of Our Lady of the Assumption. Guests that do not wish to visit the church will have free time to explore and shop on their own before the bus returns to the ship.

Day 3 At Sea

Enjoy a day at sea aboard the Crystal. Educational lectures on Cuban history and cultural will be offered today.
 

Day 4 Havana

Enjoy a taste of Havana today. Cuba's capital city is teeming with classic cars and vibrant art. On your walking tour this morning you will visit Arms Square where you can vie the Royal Forces Castle. Stop in St. Francis of Assisi Square, Cathedral Square to see the Cathedral of the Virgin Mary of the Immaculate Conception completed in 1777, and visit the Old Square before taking a break to eat lunch and shop on your own. This afternoon you will have the opportunity to meet with local religious leaders. Afterwards, explore the Fusterlandia art installation. Stop by the San Jose Craft Market and shop for unique handicraft items before returning to the ship for dinner. After dinner you may book an optional excursion to either the Buena Vista Social Club or the Tropicana Night Club.

Day 5 Havana

Enjoy a bus tour past the Paseo del Prado, the Grand Theatro de Havana and the Capital Building. Stop in Revolution Square for photos of this massive monument. View Havana University and the Hotel Nacional before returning to the ship for lunch. This afternoon the ship sets sail for Cienfuegos.

Day 6 At Sea

Enjoy a day at sea aboard the Crystal. Educational lectures on Cuban history and cultural will be offered today.

Day 7 Cienfuegos

Start you morning at Project Trazos Libre, a community art project created by Santiago Hermes Martinez and marvel at all of the beautiful murals painted on the local homes and enjoy a visit to the artist's gallery. Visit the Graphic Society of Cienfuegos and learn about their work teaching locals with Down Syndrome how to make art to support themselves. Stroll the streets of Cienfuegos known as the Pearl of the South. From the Boulevard to Marti Park you’ll see the Triumph Arch, Bar Meson El Palatino, the oldest building in the city; La Casa del Dundador, residence of Don Luís de Clouet; the old Mayors Office, San Lorenzo School, the Pure Conception Church, and the theatre Tomas Terry built in 1890, now a national monument.  By bus, we’ll then take in the views of the Cienfuegos Promenade by Jagua Bay to reach Palacio de Valle before you return to the ship in time for lunch.

Day 8 Disembark in Montego Bay & Return to USA

Arrive in scenic Montego Bay this morning and bid farewell to the Celestyal Crystal. Make your way to the airport after disembarkation to return to the USA.

Departure Dates

  1. February 2, 2018
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