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Explore Cuba's Coast | Traverse Habana Vieja | Visit Hemingway's Home | Visit a Tobacco Farm |  Visit Guanahacabibes National Park | Listen to the Chorus of Cienfuegos | 3 UNESCO World Heritage Sites

Sail Cuba Map Havana Trinidad Isla de la Juventud Maria la Gorda Pinar De Rio Cienfuegos

Discover Cuba in a completely new way, on the state-of-the-art sail cruiser, S/C 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.

It has never been so easy to feel as if you’re traveling back in time to a place rooted in culture and history, where the people are as warm and welcoming as the climate.

Accommodations & Deck Plan

Miami / Casilda / Trinidad
Day 1

Arrive in Cuba, meet your tour leader, and board our bus for a panoramic tour of Trinidad. A meticulously well-preserved Spanish colonial city with rich architecture, cobblestone streets, palaces and plazas, it is sometimes called “the Museum City of Cuba.” After a walk through the town, during which we’ll interact with residents, we’ll meet with a representative of the Office of the City Historian. 

Attend a presentation and visit a scale model of the city. At the Romantic Museum in the old palace of the Count Brunet, see examples of furniture and decorative arts. Visit the woodcarving studio of Lazaro. Continue to the pier to board the Panorama. Following a boat drill and welcome briefing, enjoy dinner on board.   

Overnight at sea to Cienfuegos.

Meals | Lunch, Dinner

Day 2

We disembark in Cienfuegos. About 250 kilometers from Havana on the island’s southern tip, this is Cuba’s only city founded by French settlers. It is also known as “the Pearl of the South.”  In 2005, it was declared a UNESCO World Heritage site.   

After lunch, we’ll be treated to salsa lessons and a performance by the Chorus of Cienfuegos or a string quartet. Visit the Graphic Arts Workshop and take a walking tour of the city center and Parque Marti to see outstanding examples of its architecture, representing modernity and urban planning as developed in Latin America from the nineteenth century. 

Dinner on board. Sail to La Isla de la Juventud: the Island of Youth.           

Meals | Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Isla de la Juventud
Day 3

Enter the Bay of Singuanea and moor in front of the Colony Hotel. Disembark on the beach and board the bus for the short drive to Nueva Gerona, the island’s capital city.  We’ll visit the Universidad de la Isla de la Juventud and museum Jesus Montane Oropesa. Tour the Presidio Modelo, the island’s famous abandoned panopticon prison, where thousands were incarcerated, but none more famous than Fidel and Raul Castro.  

Stop for lunch in Nueva Gerona before returning to the beach at the Colony Hotel for an afternoon of leisure.

Dinner on board. Overnight at sea.

Meals | Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Maria La Gorda
Day 4

Disembark in Maria La Gorda and travel by bus to the village of San Juan del Valle.  Visit the local school to discuss the differences between Cuban and American educational systems, particularly in the country’s rural areas. Meet the Cuban children and their teachers. Visit Guanahacabibes National Park, one of the country’s largest nature reserves. Meet with naturalists and locals.  

Guanahacabibes Peninsula is one of the last refuges of aboriginals, known as Guanahatabeyes, who fled the Spanish conquistadors. It holds some 140 archeological sites linked to their lives.  

You’ll have time for swimming, snorkeling, and a barbecue lunch in Maria La Gorda before you check in to the Hotel Maria La Gorda for dinner and an overnight stay. 

Meals | Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Maria la Gorda / Havana / Vinales / Pinar Del Rio
Day 5

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. 

We depart Viñales and drive to Havana, where guests will board the ship.

Meals | Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6

After breakfast, disembark for a walking exploration of Old Havana. Founded in 1519 by the Spanish, Havana became one of the most important ship-building centers in the Caribbean, around which a sprawling metropolis grew. Now housing a population of two million, it is a mixture of beautiful old baroque and neo-classical monuments, arcades and private balconies. Old Havana is considered one of the most impressive historical city centers in the Caribbean and the Americas. We will stop at Fusterlandia, studio of artist Jose Rodriguez Fuster. His brightly colored mermaids, roofs, walls, benches, doorways and roosters stretch across houses and adorn the entire area. It is said that he was inspired by Gaudi in Barcelona and Brancusi in Rome, but most of all by Picasso and Dubuffet.  

We’ll lunch at a restaurant or paladar on shore, then stop at the Merger Art Studio to view magnificent sculptures before we continue to the San Jose Arts and Crafts Market. Here, in an 1885 warehouse near the pier, you’ll find wonderful gifts, from carvings to shirts, art, music, and more. Enjoy dinner at a local restaurant, followed by a visit to the Café Taberna (or similar) to listen to music in the style of the Buena Vista Social Club.

Return to the Panorama.  

Meals | Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7

Disembark for a visit to the University of Havana, followed by a trip to Finca Vigia, where Ernest Hemingway lived for 21 years and wrote For Whom the Bell Tolls and The Old Man and the Sea. Enjoy lunch at another paladar before continuing to a nostalgic car garage to learn just how Cuban creativity keeps those old cars in such fine working condition. Then, it’s a short drive back to Havana for a performance by the Havana Compass dance troupe. These gifted percussionists use drums, chairs, and anything they can find to beat out magnificent dance rhythms, weaving a colorful and exciting performance you’re sure to enjoy and long remember.    

Captain’s farewell dinner on board. 

Meals | Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Havana / Miami
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

Sailing direction and activities in this itinerary should be considered a sample only. Final itineraries are sent to guests one to two weeks prior to departure.

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

  • One night accommodations at the Hotel Maria La Gorda

  • Small ship experience with only 24 cabins

  • Exclusive guided people-to-people activities

  • Expert Cuban guide

  • Private Cuban driver

  • Experienced American tour leader

  • All meals while in Cuba

  • InsightCuba travel guidebook

  • Evening entertainment and lectures while aboard the S/C 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

Space is limited and departure cities are based on availability.

Jan 28 - Feb 4, 2017Havana - CienfuegosB$5,490
Feb 11 - Feb 18, 2017Havana - CienfuegosB$5,490
Feb 18 - Feb 25, 2017Cienfuegos - HavanaB$5,490
Mar 11 - Mar 18, 2017Havana - CienfuegosB$5,490
Mar 25 - Apr 1, 2017Havana - CienfuegosB$5,490

Single Supplement Pricing:

CategoryMay, Jun, OctJul, Aug, SepNov - Apr

Port Tax: Add $410.

Sail Cuba

The ship operator requires that passengers arrive on a group charter flight to ensure a smooth arrival process.  Guests that book Cruise Cuba are automatically booked on a reserved charter flight departing early in the morning from Miami to Cuba. 

The cost of this charter flight is in addition to the tour fee and is listed on the website. You will be invoiced for both the tour fee and the charter flight. The flight cost includes, your Cuban visa, and Cuban airport departure tax. 

Depending on the direction of the ship, where the cruise begins and ends the voyage, the flight will either be: 



We highly recommended flying into Miami one day before your departure date, and booking an overnight near the Miami International Airport, due to early check-in and flight times for the group charter flights. We also recommend booking your return flight from Miami to your home airport in the evening or at night to ensure that you can make your connection after arriving in Miami.

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

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