Breakfast daily including a boxed breakfast in Miami, 8 lunches, 8 dinners including a farewell dinner in Havana
Inside visits and special features are shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description.
Day 1 Miami
Arrive in Miami and transfer to your hotel. Tonight, meet your Globus Group Leader for a 6 pm welcome drink. This is a good time to meet your fellow program participants, get your questions answered, and prepare for your adventure in Cuba.
Day 2 Miami–Havana, Cuba (Embarkation)
This morning, a short flight brings you to Havana, Cuba’s capital city. Upon arrival, meet your Cuban National Tour Director. An orientation tour of this bustling city includes a photo stop at REVOLUTION SQUARE. Enjoy a ride in an OLD STYLER CAR—definitely a trip highlight! Next, lunch at a local paladar (special, privately owned restaurant), where over dessert you can discuss the rewards and challenges of owning a business in Cuba and in the United States. This afternoon, walk the streets of OLD HAVANA, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Discuss renovations, different architecture, and plans for the future. Later today, board your ship, the MTS CELESTYAL CRYSTAL, your home for the next seven nights.
Day 3 Havana
Start your day with a visit to a DAYCARE CENTER to interact with the children and the nuns who run the program. The children may even delight you with a song or two. Next, it’s on to FINCA VIGIA, Ernest Hemingway’s beloved home. Hemingway lived in Cuba for more than 30 years, and it is here that he wrote several books, participated in fishing contests and enjoyed the laid-back ambiance of the island. Engage with staff to learn about this Nobel Prize-winning novelist and his life in Cuba. You’ll also have a chance to see his fishing boat, El Pilar. Lunch is at a local ORGANIC FARM, where you’ll join in a discussion with the owners, learn about organic farming in Cuba, and then sit down for a genuine farm-to-table experience. Re-board your ship for a 5 pm departure for the beautiful Isla de la Juventud (Isle of Youth).
Day 4 Cruising
As we cruise the crystal-blue waters of the Caribbean Sea today participate in people-to-people activities aboard the ship.
Day 5 Cienfuegos
Founded by French immigrants more than 150 year ago, Cienfuegos is known as the “Pearl of the South” because of its impressive beauty and colorful history. Get acquainted on a walk around the main square. Next up: enjoy a performance and discussion with the CIENFUEGOS ORCHESTRA. Lunch is served at a waterside paladar, where discussion with the owner and staff could include the free enterprise system in Cuba. Return to the ship and set sail for Jamaica.
Day 6 Montego Bay, Jamaica
A full day in Montego Bay. Explore on your own or participate in one of the ship’s optional excursions.
Day 7 Santiago De Cuba, Cuba
Your visit to Santiago de Cuba includes a guided walk though Santiago de Cuba’s charming main square, REVOLUTION SQUARE, and a visit to SAN JUAN HILL, where Teddy Roosevelt, the Rough Riders, and America’s Buffalo Soldiers emerged victorious in the Spanish-American War. Next, visit Jardín de los Helechos, the GARDEN OF FERNS. Here, you’ll interact with workers to learn about the various ferns and orchids found here and will also discuss what is needed to maintain this unique garden. Then, take a panoramic CRUISE to Granma Island. Over lunch, join in a DISCUSSION with local fishermen and learn about their fishing practices and their community project that helps sustain the environment. Return to the ship in the late afternoon.
Day 8 Cruising
A full day cruising the Caribbean Sea. Take time to explore the ship, get to know your fellow passengers, or relax with a book on the deck.
Day 9 Havana (Disembarkation)
This morning, arrive in Havana and disembark your ship. Our first stop is a visit to JOSÉ FUSTER’S STUDIO, the artist cleverly nicknamed the “Picasso of the Caribbean.” Here, you’ll discover a surreal world—like nothing you have seen before. Interact with members of the neighborhood to discuss the project’s impact on the surrounding area. Next, the illustrious HOTEL NACIONAL DE CUBA, a symbol of history, culture, and Cuban identity. The hotel has hosted celebrities and world figures, including Winston Churchill, Mohammed Ali, and Steven Spielberg. Over lunch, meet former Cuban baseball players for a DISCUSSION on the history and the love of this favorite pastime in Cuba and in the United States. Tonight, join your travel companions for a special farewell dinner—the perfect ending to your time in Cuba.
Day 10 Havana–Miami, USA
After breakfast, depart for the airport and your return flight to Miami. Please schedule connecting flights after 3 pm.