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Regent Seven Seas Cruises Announces Second Immersive Cuban Voyage After First Sells Out

October 8, 2018 Cruise No Comments Email Email

To meet luxury travellers’ growing interest in exploring Cuba beyond Havana, last month Regent Seven Seas Cruises® introduced a March 12-22, 2019 voyage to the Caribbean country that represents one of the most comprehensive Cuban itineraries in luxury cruising. With visits to four Cuban ports of call, three of which are overnight stays in Havana, Santiago de Cuba and Cienfuegos, plus a maiden call to Isla de la Juventud, this new voyage aboard Seven Seas Voyager® quickly sold out.

Now, Regent Seven Seas Cruises introduces its second immersive Cuban voyage. The new Oct. 22 – Nov. 1, 2019 Cuban Exploration sailing aboard Seven Seas Mariner® includes a full day and evening in Havana, and overnight stays in Santiago de Cuba and Cienfuegos.

“Luxury travelers are demanding to experience Cuba in a deeper, more meaningful and culturally-relevant way,” said Jason Montague, Regent Seven Seas Cruises’ president and chief executive officer. “Regent Seven Seas Cruises is moving rapidly to meet this demand. Regent was the first North American luxury cruise line to sail to Cuba, and now we are offering luxury travelers truly immersive Cuban experiences in unique ports around the island in March and October 2019. We are excited to make these additional Cuban destinations beyond Havana accessible to luxury cruisers and their travel advisors.”

Expert-Designed Cuban Shore Excursions

Immersive experiences include not only museums and historical sites, but ways to connect with local arts and culture through exclusive shoreside activities to understand and engage with Cuba and its people. The voyages feature guest lecturers on board with deep knowledge of Cuba’s history, society and modern-day politics to help guests connect the country’s past and present.

Seven Seas Voyager and Seven Seas Mariner will sail to these Cuban destinations:

Havana. Guests will have the chance to see the real Havana during the day and at night and engage with its people through Regent’s OFAC-compliant tours, whether touring its cobbled streets of Havana, strolling down the iconic Malecón, and snapping a photo with a 50’s Cadillac or purchasing hand-made authentic Cubans, ordering a mojito at Hemingway’s favourite bar, El Floridita and dancing the night away at a salsa club. Regent Seven Seas Cruises has the exclusive rights for private visits of the F.A.C., Fabrica de Arte Cubano, outside of the general operating hours. Fabrica de Arte Cubano is a unique art and photographic gallery and cultural centre, dance space and cinema. After viewing the galleries and other areas with a FAC specialised guide, guests will meet and chat with currently showcased artists.

Santiago de Cuba. Founded in 1514, Santiago served as the capital of Cuba for almost 100 years before the Spanish decided to shift it to Havana in 1607. Today this tropical and energetic cultural epicentre is Cuba’s second largest city and has played an instrumental role in the evolution of Cuban music, literature and architecture. Among Regent’s OFAC-compliant tours, guests will be able to visit Castillo de San Pedro de la Roca and the Cementerio Santa Ifigenia, where Cuban hero José Martí and Emilio Bacardí Moreau of the famed rum dynasty are both buried. Travellers will feel the rhythm and energy of live musical performances at the pioneering Iris Jazz Club, one of the few venues in Santiago de Cuba that only features jazz, and experience Plaza de Marte, also known as Freedom Square, which pays tribute to the independence of Cuba.

Cienfuegos. Situated on the southern coast of Cuba, Cienfuegos is an endearing, historical and glamourous destination featuring Spanish colonial buildings with a dash of French grace, among the many reasons why its city centre was inscribed as a UNESCO’s World Heritage Site. Guests can stroll along long stretches of oceanfront promenades and mingle with locals under the palm trees swaying in the warm breeze. In addition to a tour of the Anastasio Cardenas tobacco factory and other Regent OFAC-compliant tours, travellers will also have the opportunity to tour the colonial downtown, viewing architectural treasures such as the Arch of Triumph and Casa del Fundador, as well as the grand Tomás Terry Theatre overlooking Jose Martí Park, a tranquil urban setting named for the Cuban national hero.

Seven Seas Voyager will also call on Isla de la Juventud in March 2019. The fabled “Island of Youth” is believed to have been the inspiration for both Treasure Island and Peter Pan. Once home to pirates, natives and the American Crocodile, Cuba’s second largest island is now home to the historic Presidio Modelo. Initially a prison that held both Fidel and Raúl Castro prior to the Cuban Revolution, then their adversaries in the years following, Presidio Modelo is now a museum, holding a variety of culturally important items. This beautiful island is a captivating stop for guests to experience this Caribbean nation.

In addition to these two Cuban exploration cruises, Regent Seven Seas Cruises offers over 20 voyages that call on Havana through 2021.

Reservations

The 10-night Cuban Exploration voyage in October 2019 aboard Seven Seas Mariner to the Caribbean country is roundtrip from Miami. All-inclusive fares start at AU$7,250 per person, which include unlimited shore excursions, WiFi, fine wines and spirits, fine dining, pre-paid gratuities, and a host of other amenities. For more information about Regent Seven Seas Cruises® or to receive a brochure, guests can call 1300 455 200 (AU) or 0800 625 692 (NZ), visit www.rssc.com or contact your preferred Travel Agent.

Regent Seven Seas Cruises

Regent Seven Seas Cruises is the world’s most inclusive luxury experience with a modern, five-ship fleet that visits more than 450 destinations around the world. The cruise line’s fares include all-suite accommodation, the largest collection of free, unlimited shore excursions, unlimited internet access, highly personalised service, exquisite cuisine, fine wines and spirits, prepaid gratuities, and one-night, pre-cruise hotel package for guests staying in Concierge-level suites and higher. For the latest news, please visit www.RSSC.com/news; like the line’s Facebook page; and follow @RegentCruises on Twitter. Regent Seven Seas Cruises is a brand of Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd. (NYSE: NCLH), a leading global cruise company which also operates the Norwegian Cruise Line and Oceania Cruises brands. With a combined fleet of 26 ships with approximately 54,400 berths, these brands offer itineraries to more than 450 destinations worldwide.

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