HOT FOR CUBA

AS australiancruisingnews.com sails into 2015, new ports are creating mighty waves on the international cruise scene.

By far the hottest is CUBA which tops many a cruise passenger’s wish list after US President Barack Obama moved to normalize relations with this large Caribbean island that sits 90 miles off Florida’s quirky city of Key West.

A real taste of an old Colonial city in Cuba's capital Havana which is now a hotspot for cruise passengers.
A real taste of an old Colonial city in Cuba’s capital Havana which is now a hotspot for cruise passengers. Picture credit: Veronica Matheson/australiancruisingnews.com

australiancruisingnews.com has been to Castro’s Cuba and was captivated by its lively Latin beat, grand Colonial architecture (often crumbling), classic cars circa the 1960’s, sun-kissed beaches, sprawling plantations, time-warped cigar factories, and unique blend of capitalism and communism. But, it was the people, some of the friendliest on earth, with few material possessions – who made the greatest impact.

Already cruise ships are sailing to this tropical island with the clipper ship Star Flyer now based in the nautical southern port of Cienfuegos, a UNESCO World Heritage site, from December to March for 7-day cruises that also take in the Caribbean’s duty-free Cayman Islands, starclippers.com

Another regular is Fred Olsen’s Braemar which includes Cuba’s capital Havana on its leisurely 14-night cruises to several Caribbean islands from Bridgetown, Barbados, fredolsencruises.com

In September this year, Silversea’s luxury expedition ship Silver Explorer sails to Central America and the balmy Caribbean on a 21-day Captain’s Choice tour that includes the Bahamas, Cuba, Colombia, Costa Rica and Panama, with a Panama Canal transit, captainschoice.com.au

Another option is with Canadia- backed Cuba Cruise’s  Louis Crystal (with 1200 passengers) which has for a few years now  been showcasing the tropical island on 7-day circumnavigation cruises from Havana that include a call at nearby Montego Bay, Jamaica, yourcubacruise.com

 

 

 

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