Need Help Planning?

1-855-364-4999

Search

Special programs for US Citizens and Residents

View Montego Bay Departure Details

DAY 1: Montego Bay

Afternoon: Welcome Briefing by our destination expert.

Our seven-day cruises around Cuba appeal to travelers who want to learn about its culture and history of Cuba, who want to meet her warm and lively people. We offer the most Cuban ports of call on a single itinerary, including many of the fantastic island’s hidden gems, and we’re delighted to have the opportunity to convey you to the authentic Cuba.

Afternoon: “Let’s Learn Cuban” by our destination expert.

Join us for an in-depth discussion on what makes Cuban language different from her Latin American neighbors.

 

Day 2: Santiago de Cuba

Arrive: 7:00 AM – Depart 3:00 PM

Morning: “Panoramic Santiago”

Welcome to Santiago de Cuba, capital of the island’s “Wild East” and its glittering cultural nerve center, one that’s core to the evolution of Cuban architecture, literature and music. Our first stop is the African Cultural Center, Fernando Ortiz, where we’ll meet with director Dr. Martha Cordié Jackson and enjoy a traditional dance performance – after the performance we’ll meet with the dancers. We’ll then stroll through the Patio of the Artisans and to Conga Gallery and it’s collection of contemporary Cuban art. Our next stop is the Loma de San Juan and it’s manicured grounds.

This is the site of the only land battle of the Spanish-American War where, on July 1, 1898, flanked by his rough riders, Teddy Roosevelt supposedly led a victorious cavalry charge against the Spanish.  Loma de San Juan is also the home of the Unknown Mambi Soldier. Our tour continues through this fascinating city and its most famous avenues. We will pass the University of Oriente and visit the former Moncada Barracks, Revolution Square and El Morro Castle - built at the end of the 17th century, the castle occupies a promontory high above the sea.

Afternoon: “Rum Tasting” briefing by our destination expert.

Join us for a deeper look into Cuba’s fascinating national drink and a taste of some of her finest rums.

Afternoon: Let’s Learn Salsa!

Let us take you through all the salsa steps you need to know.

Evening: Dance like a Cuban: Dance Like a Cuban – It’s Rumba Time!

We will take you through the steps for the first 15 minutes of class, and then they’ll run you loose on the dance floor. Get ready to rumba!

 

Day 3: At Sea

Authentic Cuban Experience Program on board.

Morning: “The Musicality of the Cuban People and Unusual local Musical Instruments” briefing by our destination expert.

Start your day with an introduction to the unique instruments that make music so distinctive and infectious. Our Cuban musicians will demonstrate a number of traditional Cuban instruments, including bongos & the claves.

Morning: A Taste of Cuba: How to "mix and match" the Most Mouthwatering Dishes by our destination expert.

Join us for a Cuban cooking lesson and learn about some of the unique gems endemic to Cuban cuisine.  You'll learn how to take fresh ingredients and create incomparable tastes that burst with the flavors of Cuba.  Our chef will show you how Creole and Spanish cuisine blend to create the authentic, singular Cuban gastronomy that awakens all your senses.

Afternoon: “Cuban Cigars – The Story Behind the Smoke” briefing by our destination expert.

If you love cigars, join us to find out how the country’s beloved “Habanos” are produced!

Afternoon: Documentary about Cuba.

Please join us for an informative documentary about Cuba.

Evening: Dance Like a Real Cuban: It’s Cha Cha Cha Time!

Everybody Loves to Cha Cha Cha! Join us for an authentic Cuban dance!

 

Day 4: Havana

Arrive: 8:00 AM

Morning: Lecture.

Join us for a lecture where we will have the unique opportunity to learn and discuss about topics on which Cuba excels, such as social security, family code and agricultural co-ops.

Morning: “Real Taste of Havana” Tour.

The old city center comprises a breathtaking mix of Baroque and neoclassical monuments and a homogenous ensemble of private houses with arcades, balconies, wrought-iron gates and internal courtyards. Come meander along the narrow streets of this fascinating city with our expert guide, who will regale you with tales of this magical city’s storied history.

We begin with a walking tour of the historical center of Old Havana (“Havana Vieja”), where we’ll see the Royal Forces Castle, Sain Fransis of Assisi Square, the Cathedral Square, the Old Square of Arms Square.

We’ll have the opportunity to see and buy old books in all languages and interact with the book sellers.

Afternoon: “More of the Authentic Havana” Tour.

This Panoramic tour includes a photo stop at the famed Old Capital Building, then we drive past Revolution Museum, The fin Arts Museum, the Parque Central (Central Park) and the Gran Teatro de Havana. We then stop at Revolution Square for some free time and photos – you’ll find the Jose Marti Memorial, the National Library and the Revolution Palace here.

We leave Revolution Square to continue our tour with a drive past some of Old Havana’s most important buildings, the University of Havana and it’s escalinata (stairway) and the Alma Mater statue, La Rampa; the Coppelia ice cream parlor, the Yara movie theater and the Havana Libre hotel. We end our tour at San Jose Market for more free time and the market’s unique shops and hospitable vendors.

 

Day 5: Havana

Depart: 10:00 PM

Morning: “More of Real Havana” tour.

Old Havana and it’s fortifications are a UNESCO World Heritage site. The city was founded in 1519 by the Spanish, and by the 17 th century it had become one of the Caribbean’s main centers for ship-building. Our “More of the Real Havana” Tour features a visit to the Fine Arts Museum and the famed “Museo de la Revolución” (The Museum of the Revolution). Housed in the former Presidential Palace, the museum is devoted to the revolutionary war of the 1950s and to the country’s post – 1959 history.

Afternoon: Visual Arts in Cuba.

Join us for a brief discussion of the vibrant visual art scene in Cuba so we can immerse you to some of Havana’s incredible museums and the outdoor installation. Influenced by both Latin America and Europe, Cuba’s vibrant culture and art are the core to the country’s authenticity and to the life of its people.

Evening: Dance Like a Cuban.

Come join us for a selection of beautiful Cuban dances and live Cuban music by the “Latin Souls” band. We will take you through the steps – by the end of the hour, you’ll feel as if your feet aren’t touching the dance floor.

 

 

Day 6: At Sea

Morning: “El Ajiaco” Cultural Briefing by our destination expert.

Join us prior to your shore excursion to discuss the ways in which the authentic Cuba you'll experience ashore is a mix of diverse accents, myths, races and religions.

Morning: Cooking Demonstration – Cuban Festive Dishes.

Join us for a Cuban cooking lesson and discover some of the many gems of Cuban cuisine. You will learn how to take fresh ingredients and create incomparable tastes that burst with the flavors of Cuba. Our chef will show you how some of the most popular Cuban festive dishes are prepared.

Evening: Dance like a Cuban – Que Rico Mambo!

The mambo is a fast ballroom dance of Cuban origin – it’s rhythmically similar to the rumba and cha-cha- cha, but its pattern of steps is more complex. Don’t worry, though – we will help you through it.

 

 

Day 7: Cienfuegos

Arrive: 7:00 AM – Depart: 3:00 PM

Morning: Cienfuegos City Tour.

You will have the unique opportunity to visit Cienfuegos, a 19 th century planned city and a UNESCO World Heritage site. “The Pearl of the South”, this colonial gem was founded in 1819. Situated on the Caribbean coast of southern-central Cuba at the heart of the country’s sugar can, mango, tobacco and coffee production area, the town first developed in the neoclassical style – it became more eclectic as it grew but still retained a harmonious overall townscape. We then stop at the Graphic Society of Cienfuegos, where we’ll meet with local artists and view their prints – the society is beloved by the people of Cienfuegos for its programs for children with special needs. Our tour continues at Project Trazos Libres: artist Santiago Hermes Martinez converted his family home into an art collective in 2009 to support local artists and collaborate with them – get ready to view unique handicrafts, murals, photographs and traditional costumes.

We will then enjoy a panoramic view of Cienfuegos, before we visit the magnificent Teatro Thomas Terry: built between 1887 and 1889 to honor Venezuelan industrialist Tomás Terry, this 950-seat opera house and theatre is decorated with Carrara marble and hand-carved Cuban hardwoods. After Teatro Thomas Terry we’ll return to Celestyal Crystal.

Afternoon: Documentary about Cuba.

Please join us for an informative documentary about Cuba.

Evening: Make You Own Cocktail.

Try a real mojito, then learn the history of the fabulous and refreshing cocktail. Our Cuban mixologists will teach you how to make the best Cuban cocktails while taking you through the rituals, stories and urban myths behind these drinks.

Evening: Farewell event.

Before your disembarkation, join us for a get together and a farewell drink.

Evening: Dance Like a Cuban.

Put on your dancing shoes and join us for a real fiesta!

View Havana Departure Details

Day 1: Havana

Welcome Briefing by our destination expert.

Our seven-day cruises around Cuba appeal to travelers who want to learn about its culture and history of Cuba, who want to meet her warm and lively people.

We offer the most Cuban ports of call on a single itinerary, including many of the fantastic island’s hidden gems, and we’re delighted to have the opportunity to convey you to the authentic Cuba.

 

Day 2: Havana

Depart: 10:00 PM

Morning: “More of Real Havana” tour.

Old Havana and it’s fortifications are a UNESCO World Heritage site. The city was founded in 1519 by the Spanish, and by the 17 th century it had become one of the Caribbean’s main centers for ship-building. Our “More of the Real Havana” Tour features a visit to the Fine Arts Museum and the famed “Museo de la Revolución” (The Museum of the Revolution). Housed in the former Presidential Palace, the museum is devoted to the revolutionary war of the 1950s and to the country’s post – 1959 history.

Afternoon: Visual Arts in Cuba by our destination expert.

Join us for a brief discussion of the vibrant visual art scene in Cuba so we can immerse you to some of Havana’s incredible museums and the outdoor installation. Influenced by both Latin America and Europe, Cuba’s vibrant culture and art are the core to the country’s authenticity and to the life of its people.

Evening: Dance Like a Cuban

Come join us for a selection of beautiful Cuban dances and live Cuban Music by our Cuban musicians. We will take you through the steps - by the end of the hour, you'll feel like your feet aren't touching the dance floor

 

Day 3: At Sea

Morning: “El Ajiaco” Cultural Briefing by our destination expert.

Join us prior to your shore excursion to discuss the ways in which the authentic Cuba you'll experience ashore is a mix of diverse accents, myths, races and religions.

Morning: Cooking Demonstration – Cuban Festive Dishes.

Join us for a Cuban cooking lesson and discover some of the many gems of Cuban cuisine. You will learn how to take fresh ingredients and create incomparable tastes that burst with the flavors of Cuba. Our chef will show you how some of the most popular Cuban festive dishes are prepared.

Evening: Dance like a Cuban – Que Rico Mambo!

The mambo is a fast ballroom dance of Cuban origin – it’s rhythmically similar to the rumba and cha-cha- cha, but its pattern of steps is more complex. Don’t worry, though – we will help you through it.

 

Day 4: Cienfuegos

Arrive: 7:00 AM – Depart: 3:00 PM

Morning: Cienfuegos City Tour.

You will have the unique opportunity to visit Cienfuegos, a 19 th century planned city and a UNESCO World Heritage site. “The Pearl of the South”, this colonial gem was founded in 1819. Situated on the Caribbean coast of southern-central Cuba at the heart of the country’s sugar can, mango, tobacco and coffee production area, the town first developed in the neoclassical style – it became more eclectic as it grew but still retained a harmonious overall townscape. We then stop at the Graphic Society of Cienfuegos, where we’ll meet with local artists and view their prints – the society is beloved by the people of Cienfuegos for its programs for children with special needs. Our tour continues at Project Trazos Libres: artist Santiago Hermes Martinez converted his family home into an art collective in 2009 to support local artists and collaborate with them – get ready to view unique handicrafts, murals, photographs and traditional costumes.

We will then enjoy a panoramic view of Cienfuegos, before we visit the magnificent Teatro Thomas Terry: built between 1887 and 1889 to honor Venezuelan industrialist Tomás Terry, this 950-seat opera house and theatre is decorated with Carrara marble and hand-carved Cuban hardwoods. After Teatro Thomas Terry we’ll return to Celestyal Crystal.

Afternoon: Documentary about Cuba.

Please join us for an informative documentary about Cuba.

Evening: Cocktail Demonstration.

Try a real mojito, then learn the history of the fabulous and refreshing cocktail. Our Cuban mixologists will teach you how to make the best Cuban cocktails while taking you through the rituals, stories and urban myths behind these drinks.

Evening: Dance Like a Cuban.

Put on your dancing shoes and join us for a real fiesta!

 

Day 5: Montego Bay

Arrive: 8:00 AM – Depart: 8:00 PM

Join us for an in-depth discussion on what makes Cuban language different from her Latin American neighbors.

 

Day 6: Santiago de Cuba

Arrive: 7:00 AM – Depart 3:00 PM

Morning: “Panoramic Santiago”

Welcome to Santiago de Cuba, capital of the island’s “Wild East” and its glittering cultural nerve center, one that’s core to the evolution of Cuban architecture, literature and music. Our first stop is the African Cultural Center, Fernando Ortiz, where we’ll meet with director Dr. Martha Cordié Jackson and enjoy a traditional dance performance – after the performance we’ll meet with the dancers. We’ll then stroll through the Patio of the Artisans and to Conga Gallery and it’s collection of contemporary Cuban art. Our next stop is the Loma de San Juan and it’s manicured grounds. This is the site of the only land battle of the Spanish-American War where, on July 1, 1898, flanked by his rough riders, Teddy Roosevelt supposedly led a victorious cavalry charge against the Spanish. Loma de San Juan is also the home of the Unknown Mambi Soldier. Our tour continues through this fasincating city along its most famous avenues. We will pass the University of Oriente and visit the former Moncada Barracks, Revolution Square and El Moro Castle – built at the end of the 17 th century, the castle occupies a promontory high above the sea.

Afternoon: “Rum Tasting” briefing by our destination expert.

Join us for a deeper look into Cuba’s fascinating national drink and a taste of some of her finest rums.

Afternoon: Let’s Learn Salsa!

Let us take you through all the salsa steps you need to know.

Evening: Dance like a Cuban:

Dance Like a Cuban – It’s Rumba Time!

We will take you through the steps for the first 15 minutes of class, and then they’ll run you loose on the dance floor. Get ready to rumba!

 

Day 7: At Sea

Authentic Cuban Experience Program on board.

Morning: “The Musicality of the Cuban People and Unusual local Musical Instruments” briefing by our destination expert.

Start your day with an introduction to the unique instruments that make music so distinctive and infectious. Our Cuban musicians will demonstrate a number of traditional Cuban instruments, including bongos & the claves.

Morning: A taste of Cuba: How to “mix and match” the Most Mouthwatering Dishes by our destination expert.

Join us for a Cuban cooking lesson and learn about some of the unique gems endemic to Cuban cuisine. You’ll learn how to take fresh ingredients and create incomparable tastes that burst with the flavors of Cuba. Our chef will show you how Creole and Spanish cuisine blend to create the authentic, singular Cuban gastronomic experience loved all over the world.

Afternoon: “Cuban Cigars – The Story Behind the Smoke” briefing by our destination expert.

If you love cigars, join us to find out how the country’s beloved “Habanos” are produced!

Afternoon: documentary about Cuba.

Please join us for an informative documentary about Cuba.

Evening: Farewell event.

Before your disembarkation, join us for a get together and a farewell drink.

Evening: Dance Like a Real Cuban: It’s Cha Cha Cha Time!

Everybody Loves to Cha Cha Cha! Join us for an authentic Cuban dance!

CUBA: A CERTAIN ROMANCE

As a former Spanish colony liberally painted with French, African, American, Jamaican, Irish and indigenous Taíno influences, the breadth of Cuba’s heritage is staggering. Important historical heirlooms – forts, palaces, hotels and colonial towns – dominate the Cuban landscape, and many of them are being faithfully restored. Rhythms and melodies are ubiquitous in this melting pot of African, European and Caribbean cultures. It’s like no other place on earth. Join us for an educational seven-day experience in this open-air classroom. Our Cuba Cruise, embarking from Montego Bay, Jamaica, gives you the chance to begin to explore Cuba.     

What makes Cuba so unique is its warm, vibrant people, simultaneously welcoming, engaging and sincere, as complex and distinctive as the dense percussion and exultant vocals in their music. Cuba is home to survivors and improvisers, poets and dreamers, musicians and dancers…the people of Cuba have kept the country and its effervescent, seductive culture alive for centuries. Our Cuba Cruise is an opportunity to meet and mingle with these people, to see their day-to-day lives in three dimensions, to ask questions. Cuba remains a unique and paradisiacal destination, a captivating anachronism, in a world that seems to become ever-more globalized. We invite you to share it with the people of Cuba and to learn everything you can about this unique island nation.

Cuba Cruise by Celestyal Cruises is an exciting and comfortable way for your clients to experience and learn about the history, landscapes and culture of the real Cuba. Departing from Montego Bay, our 7-day all-inclusive, People-to-People program to Cuba offers unique, interactive experiences both onboard and ashore that will inspire inquisitive minds. 

Discover the incredible magic of Cuba as we visit the less-travelled ports of Cienfuegos and Santiago de Cuba, including an overnight stay in the vibrant capital of Havana. Onboard the intimate 960-guest Celestyal Crystal, your clients will delight in impeccable service, authentic local cuisine, fabulous Cuban nightlife and the warm hospitality of the Celestyal Cruises brand.

As you review our People-to-People group program on the pages that follow for all guests who sail with us, we hope that you will be as excited as we are to offer this educational and enriching program for your clients!