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Explore Cuba's Coast | Traverse Habana Vieja | Visit Hemingway's Home | Visit a Tobacco Farm |  Visit Guanahacabibes National Park | Meet Cuban School Children And Their Teachers | 3 UNESCO World Heritage Sites

Cienfuegos, Trinidad, Isla de la Juventud, Maria la Gorda, Vinales Valley, Havana

Discover Cuba in a completely new way, on the state-of-the-art sailer, the M/S Panorama. This intimate vessel provides a unique way to experience Cuba, tailored for the more discerning guest.

With our gracious ship as your home, and our crew to attend to all your needs, you can bypass the packing and unpacking and simply enjoy your vacation as we sail to Cuba’s most sought after destinations for eight delightful days.

Once you set sail around this beautiful island, you'll instantly feel like you’re traveling back in time. A place rooted in culture and history, Cuba's people are as warm and welcoming as the climate.

M/S Panorama

About the M/S PanoramaSun DeckUpper DeckMain Deck
About the M/S PanoramaSun DeckUpper Deck
Main Deck

About the M/S Panorama

M/S Panorama exterior
M/S Panorama exterior sailing Cuba sail boat ship

Ship Overview

Discover a 3-masted motor sailer that can accommodate up to 49 passengers in 24 cabins. The Panorama was launched in 1993 and has been rebuilt in 2001, with the latest renovation in 2014. In 2014, the upper deck cabins and lounge, as well as the main deck cabin en suite bathrooms and lounge have been refitted. This state-of-the-art motor sailer has performed several Atlantic Ocean crossings, and offers the highest standard of accommodations, comfort and safety.

All cabins include: Individually controlled air conditioning, TV and telephone, hairdryers, mini-fridge, central music, public address system and safe boxes. 

All rooms sleep two passengers. Some category B cabins may sleep up to three passengers based upon request and availability. 

Mast of the M/S Panorama exterior sailing Cuba sail boat ship

Facts at a Glance

Launched/Rebuilt: 1993 / 2001

Renovated: 2014

Length: 54.00 meters

Breadth: 12.00 meters

Draft: 5.00 meters

Crew: 16 - 18 persons

Cruising speed: 11.00 knots

Cabins: 24

Cabin Categories: 3

Sun Deck

Sun deck layout on the M/S Panorama
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Category A

Cabin category A color

The category A cabins are located on the sun deck and on the upper deck and have large windows enabling breathtaking views. Each cabin has a fully equipped bathroom with marble or corian. Average cabin size is 124 sq feet.

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Sun Deck

During the day, life on board centers around the outdoor areas, such as the sun deck and the shaded exterior deck on the aft of the Panorama.

Upper Deck

Upper Deck layout of the M/S Panorama
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Category A

Cabin category A color

The category A cabins are located on the sun deck and on the upper deck and have large windows enabling breathtaking views. Each cabin has a fully equipped bathroom with marble or corian. Average cabin size is 124 sq feet.

M/S Panorama upper deck indoor/outdoor bar and lounge area

Indoor/Outdoor Bar and Lounge Area

The spacious indoor and outdoor bar and lounge area is located on the upper deck, and is surrounded by large windows that provide beautiful views. It is the ideal place to sit back and relax in the evening. The outdoor lounge area on the upper deck also extends to a sitting area where you can enjoy the views. 

Main Deck

M/S Panorama Main Deck layout
Cabin category B triple room twin beds M/S Panorama sail Cuba Caribbean ship boat

Category B

Cabin category B color

The category B cabins are located on the main deck and have portholes. This category offers twin beds only. Four of the 14 cabins offer flexible bedding configuration. Each cabin has a fully equipped bathroom with marble or corian. Average cabin size is 124 sq feet. 

Cabin category C double bed M/S Panorama sail Cuba Caribbean ship boat

Category C

Cabin Category C color

The category C cabins are located on the lower deck and have portholes. There are double or twin bed options available for this category. Each cabin has a fully equipped bathroom with marble or corian. Average cabin size is 115 sq feet. 

Main dining and lounge area M/S Panorama sail restaurant food drink Cuba sailing boat ship

Dining Room

The classy and spacious dining room is located in the main deck and is surrounded by large windows with beautiful views. The dining room accommodates all guests on board.

Main deck lounge area and library on the M/S Panorama relax sail sailing Cuba ship boat

Lounge Area

The lounge is situated on the main deck and has a library where you can enjoy a book and look through the floor to roof windows.

Day 1

Arrive in Cienfuegos, known as the Pearl of the South, where you will be met and assisted by a member of our team. Founded by French settlers, Cienfuegos boasts outstanding examples of French neo classical architecture and was declared a UNESCO World Heritage site. We’ll take a walking tour of the city center and Parque Marti to see these examples and learn more about this historic city. Next, we’ll attend a graphic arts workshop and local musical performance.

Before having lunch, we’ll stop at a local farmer’s market to gain a better understanding of Cuba’s dual currency system. Next, enjoy a performance by the Chorus of Cienfuegos, one of the most well known choruses in the country.

Back aboard the Panorama, you’ll participate in a cruise orientation and briefing with your tour leader. Dinner tonight will be onboard the Panorama before we set sail for Trinidad.

Meals | Lunch, Dinner

Casilda / Trinidad
Day 2

After a relaxed breakfast onboard, we’ll head into Trinidad, a meticulously preserved Spanish colonial city, sometimes called “the museum city of Cuba” because of its stately architecture, cobblestone streets, palaces, and plazas.

This morning we will walk through the town with a representative of the Office of the City Historian and interact with residents along the way. We will attend a local architect’s presentation and visit a scale model of the city followed by lunch at a local paladar.

Next, we’ll stop at the Museo Romantico located in the old palace of the Count Brunet or the Palacio Cantero Museum and take in breathtaking views of Trinidad. Visit the studio of Lazaro, a very unique woodcarver, and enjoy some more sightseeing of this UNESCO World Heritage site.

Onboard the Panorama, we will enjoy a “bon voyage” cocktail followed by dinner before we set sail for Isla de la Juventud.

Meals | Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day At Sea
Day 3

Day at sea-

Enjoy the onboard amenities as the Panorama makes her way toward Havana. Cuba’s capital, Havana is the largest city in the Caribbean. Rich in colonial history and celebrated culture, it is no wonder that figures such as Ernest Hemingway put down roots.  

Onboard the Panorama, the program manager and local Cuban guide will conduct informative activities and lectures about Cuba and its people, explaining the meaningful exchanges of your people-to-people programs. Late afternoon arrival in Bay of Singuanea where we will dock overnight.

Meals | Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Isla de la Juventud
Day 4

After breakfast, disembark on the beach and take a short yet panoramic drive to the capital city of Isla de la Juventud, Nueva Gerona. We will visit and tour the Presidio Modelo, an abandoned panopticon prison of Cuba where some of Cuba’s most famous inmates were held, including Fidel and Raul Castro and the Moncada rebels. We’ll enjoy lunch at a local restaurant before visiting a maternity ward of a local hospital. In the afternoon, we’ll have some free time for independent exploration and enjoyment around Nueva Gerona’s grand boulevard.

Later this evening, dine onboard the Panorama and set sail for Maria La Gorda. 

Meals | Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Maria La Gorda
Day 5

Disembark in Maria La Gorda and travel by bus to the village of San Juan del Valle where we will meet the Cuban children and their teachers and discuss the differences between Cuban and American educational systems, particularly in the country’s rural areas.

Next, we’ll visit Guanahacabibes National Park, one of the country’s largest nature reserves on the westernmost tip of the island. Guanahacabibes Peninsula is one of the last refuges of aboriginals, known as Guanahatabeyes, who fled the Spanish conquistadors and is home to 140 archeological sites linked to their lives. 

You’ll have time for swimming, snorkeling, and a barbecue lunch on the beach in Maria La Gorda before you check into the Hotel Maria La Gorda or similar for an overnight stay.

Meals | Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Maria la Gorda / Viñales Valley / Havana
Day 6

Depart early in the morning by bus for the Viñales Valley, a UNESCO World Heritage site in the Pinar del Rio province. Encircled by mountains, its landscape is dotted with dramatic rocky outcrops. Traditional techniques are still used for agricultural production, particularly of tobacco. Visit a tobacco farm and learn about production of Cuba’s world-famous cigars.   

After lunch at an organic restaurant, we’ll visit an organic farm to hear about how the climate and fertile soil have contributed to the success of organic farming in the region. 

Then we'll take drive through the country to the Hotel Nacional de Cuba for an engrossing lecture with well known architect Pedro Vasquez. Return to the Panorama for dinner, followed by a trip to the Café Taberna to experience wonderful salsa music, performed in a similar style of the Buena Vista Social Club. Overnight in port.

Meals | Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7

After breakfast onboard, we’ll disembark for a walking exploration of Old Havana. Old Havana is considered one of the most impressive historical city centers in the Caribbean and in the Americas.

Lunch will be at one of Havana’s delicious paladares, followed by a scenic drive in vintage American cars to Finca Vigia, beloved home of Ernest Hemingway where he lived for 21 years and wrote For Whom the Bell Tolls and The Old Man and the Sea.

Back onboard the Panorama we will enjoy a very special farewell dinner.

Meals | Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8

After a final farewell breakfast onboard the Panorama, we will disembark and travel to the airport for the return flight to the U.S.

Meals | Breakfast

This itinerary may be subject to change as a result of weather and other factors not in our control. Our vessels have been granted the longest stays of any cruise boats in the port of Havana. Since space at the dock itself is severely limited, this itinerary might involve a combination of having to tender in to shore, as well as docking at one of only two piers. Sailing direction and activities in this itinerary should be considered a sample only. Due to the unique nature of our programming, each departure is custom designed and not every activity listed on this itinerary is always available. Please rest assured that our team in both Cuba and the U.S. take special care in planning each excursion and draws from almost two decades of experience, relationships, and activities to make each itinerary exceptional. Each tour provides a full-time schedule of educational people-to-people exchange activities and is fully compliant with U.S. Department of Treasury, Office of Foreign Assets Control regulations regarding travel to Cuba. These same regulations provide that guest participation on each tour is mandatory.

  • Seven days, six nights aboard the M/S Panorama

  • One night accommodations at the Hotel Maria La Gorda

  • Intimate small ship experience with only 24 cabins

  • Exclusive guided people-to-people activities

  • Expert Cuban guide

  • Private Cuban driver

  • Experienced program manager while aboard the M/S Panorama

  • All meals while in Cuba

  • InsightCuba travel guidebook

  • Evening entertainment and lectures while aboard the M/S Panorama

  • Certification of travel to Cuba under the U.S. Department of the Treasury general license

  • 24-hour emergency customer service hotline

  • All in-country ground transportation and airport transfers via luxury motor coach*

  • Fresh bottled water while touring

  • All entrance fees to scheduled activities and events

  • Travel health and emergency medical evacuation insurance**

  • Flight concierge service (flight cost additional)

*Round trip transfers available for group flights only to ensure timely boarding on ship.

**Trip-cancellation coverage available for an additional fee through Allianz.

Not included: airfare, Cuban visa, baggage fees, gratuities, and port taxes.

Sail Cuba
DateCategory - PriceDirectionCuban Visa
 A - $9,637
Cienfuegos - Havana$99  
Jan 5 – Jan 12, 2018B - $7,188
Cienfuegos - Havana$99  
 C - $6,275
Cienfuegos - Havana$99  
 A - $6,143Havana - Cienfuegos$99  
Jan 12 – Jan 19, 2018B - $5,234Havana - Cienfuegos$99  
 C - $4,669Havana - Cienfuegos$99  
 A - $6,143Cienfuegos - Havana$99  
Jan 19 – Jan 26, 2018B - $5,234Cienfuegos - Havana$99  
 C - $4,669Cienfuegos - Havana$99  
 A - $6,143Havana - Cienfuegos$99  
Jan 26 – Feb 2, 2018B - $5,234Havana - Cienfuegos$99  
 C - $4,669Havana - Cienfuegos$99  
 A - $6,143Cienfuegos - Havana$99  
Feb 2 – Feb 9, 2018B - $5,234Cienfuegos - Havana$99  
 C - $4,669Cienfuegos - Havana$99  
 A - $6,143Havana - Cienfuegos$99  
Feb 9 – Feb 16, 2018B - $5,234Havana - Cienfuegos$99  
 C - $4,669Havana - Cienfuegos$99  
 A - $6,143Cienfuegos - Havana$99  
Feb 16 – Feb 23, 2018B - $5,234Cienfuegos - Havana$99  
 C - $4,669Cienfuegos - Havana$99  
 A - $6,143Havana - Cienfuegos$99  
Feb 23 – Mar 2, 2018B - $5,234Havana - Cienfuegos$99  
 C - $4,669Havana - Cienfuegos$99  
 A - $6,143Cienfuegos - Havana$99  
Mar 2 – Mar 9, 2018B - $5,234Cienfuegos - Havana$99  
 C - $4,669Cienfuegos - Havana$99  
 A - $6,143Havana - Cienfuegos$99  
Mar 9 – Mar 16, 2018B - $5,234Havana - Cienfuegos$99  
 C - $4,669Havana - Cienfuegos$99  
 A - $6,143Cienfuegos - Havana$99  
Mar 16 – Mar 23, 2018B - $5,234Cienfuegos - Havana$99  
 C - $4,669Cienfuegos - Havana$99  
 A - $6,143Havana - Cienfuegos$99  
Mar 23 – Mar 30, 2018B - $5,234Havana - Cienfuegos$99  
 C - $4,669Havana - Cienfuegos$99  
 A - $6,143Cienfuegos - Havana$99  
Mar 30 – Apr 6, 2018B - $5,234Cienfuegos - Havana$99  
 C - $4,669Cienfuegos - Havana$99  

Single Supplement Pricing:

CategoryJan - AprMay - AugSept - Dec

SPECIAL: No Single Supplement fee for Jan 5- 12, 2018 departure.

Port Tax: Add $430.

Sail Cuba

The ship operator requires that passengers arrive on a group charter flight to ensure smooth airport transfers, ship boarding, or join the land based portion of the tour. Guests that book a cruise automatically have a seat on a reserved charter flight confirmed for them from Miami-Havana-Cienfuegos-Miami or Miami-Cienfuegos-Havana-Miami.  After you book your tour, one of our travel specialists will connect you directly with our flight booking partners who will take care of all of your flight needs. 

Important note: Due to early check-in and flight times from Miami-Havana or Miami-Cienfuegos, we recommend cruise guests book an overnight in Miami near the Miami International Airport.

Flight itineraries with actual flight times will be sent to guests via email approximately 30 days prior to departure.

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