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Sunday, February 19, 2017
Oceania Cruises to make Fall 2017 voyages to Cuba
MIAMI, FL, February 15, 2017 – Oceania Cruises, the world’s
leading culinary- and destination-focused cruise line, announced an additional
series of journeys to Cuba in the autumn of 2017.
Ranging in length from six to
thirteen days with departures from Miami in November and December, these
voyages include the line’s first calls to Cienfuegos and Santiago de Cuba, in
addition to Havana. These new itineraries will open for reservations today,
February 15, 2017.
“There is tremendous demand from consumers for voyages to Cuba and our
inaugural voyages to the island have been a sell-out success,” stated Bob
Binder, President & CEO of Oceania Cruises. “An Oceania Cruises voyage is
the best way to experience all Cuba has to offer with nine UNESCO World
Heritage Sites, warm and welcoming people, and a burgeoning culinary scene.”
All voyages and excursions will fully comply with existing U.S. Federal
Regulations and the most recent pronouncements from the Office of Foreign
Assets Control (“OFAC”) of the U.S. Department of the Treasury.
Sailing to Cuba with Oceania Cruises is a journey into the extraordinary.
Aboard the acclaimed Insignia, there are only 684 privileged guests
who are catered to by 400 professionally trained staff. Travelers will indulge
in the Finest Cuisine at Sea in four open seating gourmet restaurants where
they will dine on continental specialties along with the bold and vibrant
tastes of Cuba. Each of these voyages will feature a wide array of authentic
Cuban dishes that were born from generations-old family recipes. Adding to the
enriching nature of the journey, authoritative and engaging experts will
deliver lectures on Cuban history, art, and music or perhaps you’ll join a
group of your fellow travelers in a Cuban staple, the game of Dominos.
Throughout the journey, Insignia is a bastion of modernity and
old-world comfort. Her 342 staterooms and suites are elegantly appointed and
70% of them have their own private teak veranda, the perfect perch from which
to take in stunning Caribbean seascapes.
Itinerary Highlights Panoramic Caribbean – 10 days from Miami visiting Havana (two
days), Roatan, Santo Tomas, Harvest Caye, Costa Maya, and Nassau. Departs
November 14th. Hemingway’s Hideaways – 7 days from Miami visiting Key West,
Havana, Cienfuegos, and Santiago de Cuba. Departs November 24th. Timeless Cuba – 7 days from Miami visiting Havana (two days),
Cienfuegos, and Santiago de Cuba. Departs December 1st and 8th. Vibrant Vistas – 6 days from Miami visiting Key West, Havana,
Cozumel, and Great Stirrup Cay. Departs December 15th. Holidays in the Tropics – 13 days from Miami visiting Key
West, Havana (two days), Roatan, Santo Tomas, Harvest Caye, Costa Maya, Cozumel
(two days), and Nassau. Departs December 21st.
Destination Highlights Havana, Cuba
The door to Cuba’s soul, Havana captivates with its larger-than-life culture,
sultry rhythms and weathered beauty. Take a relaxing stroll along the evocative
Malecón, the quintessentially Cuban thoroughfare and get lost among the Baroque
facades and colonial cobblestone alleys of Old Havana.
Visit the grandiose
Capitolio Nacional and explore the world-class Cuban art collection at Museo
Nacional de Bellas Artes, which showcases everything from colonial-era
paintings to countless masterpieces from Cuba’s famed Vanguard Period. Enjoy
memorable explorations such as touring one of Havana’s venerable old cigar
factories for an inside look at the birthplace of these world-famous cigars and
the centuries-old process of how they are made. Cienfuegos, Cuba
Situated in a beautiful bay in the heart of Cuba’s fertile agricultural region
on the southern coast, Cienfuegos will quietly charm you with its French
spirit, tranquil seaside setting and neoclassical architecture. Known as La
Perla del Sur (the Pearl of the South), Cienfuegos was originally founded by
French settlers and its city center is recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage
Rich in educationally engaging diversions, its historic center features well-preserved
19th-century structures, gorgeous plazas and a layout inspired by the Spanish
Enlightenment. Discover the ornate and eclectic Palacio de Valle and take in
the stunning views as you explore Punta Gorda, the perfect spot to enjoy the
sunset. Step back in time at Teatro Terry with a performance by local artists
or discover nearby Trinidad, a remarkably well-preserved colonial town
recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage site and anchored by its impressive Plaza
Mayor, an open-air museum of Spanish colonial architecture. Santiago de Cuba, Cuba
A tropical and energetic cultural epicenter, Santiago de Cuba is the country’s
second largest city and has played an instrumental role in the evolution of
Cuban music, literature and architecture. Wedged between the looming Sierra
Maestra mountain range and the aquamarine Caribbean Sea, the city offers a
plethora of rich heritage and cultural diversions amidst a dramatic backdrop.
Discover the city’s fascinating history at 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. Countless musicians have
emerged from Santiago de Cuba including Miguel Matamoros of Trío Matamoros and
Sindo Garay, and many say the heart of this thriving city lives in its music
For more information about Oceania Cruises, call 855-OCEANIA (855-623-2642)
or contact a professional travel agent.
About Oceania Cruises Featuring a fleet of intimately luxurious ships, Oceania Cruises offers an
unrivaled vacation experience renowned for the finest cuisine at sea and
destination-rich itineraries spanning the globe. Seasoned world travelers are
drawn to Oceania Cruises’ expertly crafted voyages, which call on more than 370
ports across Europe, Asia, Africa, Australia, New Zealand, the South Pacific
and the Americas. Spacious and elegant accommodations aboard the 684-guest Regatta,
Insignia, Nautica and Sirena and the 1,250-guest Marina
and Riviera invite guests to explore the world in unparalleled comfort