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Scenic Eclipse: New Cuba Date Revealed for World’s First Discovery Yacht

With the countdown to the launch of Scenic Eclipse now in full swing, we’re excited to announce a new date for the World’s First Discovery Yacht’s Cuba in Depth itinerary. Due to extraordinary demand, Scenic Eclipse will now head to the Caribbean island for another 16-day cruise.

Departing from Miami on 5 October 2018, our 16-day Cuba in Depth ocean cruise gives guests the opportunity to experience this colourful island paradise, from the nostalgia-strewn streets of bustling Havana to the splendour of Cayo Largo del Sur, the sun-kissed paradise on Cuba’s southern coast, typified by endless stretches of golden sand. The itinerary was added to Scenic Eclipse’s inaugural cruise schedule following high demand from travellers keen to explore this diverse country.

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Over the 16-day roundtrip voyage, the Scenic Eclipse will call at Havana, Isla de la Juventud, Cayo Largo Sur, Cienfuegos, Casilda, Santiago de Cuba, and Antilla, showcasing Cuba’s enriching cities and heritage, and its idyllic natural beauty. The itinerary also includes several overnight calls, affording guests the chance to experience the vibrant nightlife and sunset customs of Havana, Antilla, and Santiago de Cuba.

Interested in experiencing the rhythm of this proud Caribbean island for yourself? Take a closer look at our Cuba in Depth ocean cruise below.

Itinerary Highlights

Colourful, progressive, and welcoming, Cuba is a place looking to the future but still deeply connected to the past and all its many nostalgic charms. From Havana, with its colonial architecture and 1950s-era traffic, to Santiago de Cuba, whose streets once flowed with the country’s most famous export, rum; experience the allure of a destination on the cusp of the new world with our unforgettable Cuba in Depth ocean cruise.

During the 16-day sailing, guests will enjoy two exclusive Scenic Enrich experiences, immersive events handpicked by our Journey Designers to offer once-in-a-lifetime memories that few travellers get to experience. These include a thrilling display of traditional Cuban percussion, drums, and dancing courtesy of local performers, and a front-row seat at Havana’s iconic Castillo del Morro, where you’ll witness the time-honoured firing of the cannon as the lights of the city below provide a truly inspiring backdrop.

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Throughout the journey, guests can choose from a collection of 41 Scenic Freechoice excursions, each carefully-selected to afford passengers authentic experiences and activities in all eight ports included as part of the itinerary. These daily events promise cultural immersion and a chance to learn more about Cuba’s customs and pastimes, including its proud tradition of cigar and rum production.

Take a charming horse and carriage ride through the old streets of Havana, soaking up the time-forgotten infrastructure of the Cuban capital. Learn about the conservation programs in place to protect Cuba’s exquisite indigenous wildlife in Isla de la Juventud, or tour the World Communist University and Presidio Modelo, a former prison (once home to Fidel Castro amongst others) and now a museum dedicated to Cuba’s history. In Casilda, explore the historic Valle de los Ingenios, the centre of Cuba’s thriving sugar production industry during the 18th and 19th centuries, or visit Playa Girón and discover the fascinating history of the Bay of Pigs Skirmish.

The immersive activities continue in Santiago de Cuba, where you’re invited to the religious shrine of El Cobre and the Moncada Barracks, and can sample the wares at the prestigious Bacardi Museum. Tour the birthplace of Fidel Castro, follow in the footsteps of Hemingway, and visit a traditional cigar factory to see the production of the country’s famous export – with so much on offer throughout Cuba, our Scenic Freechoice excursions ensure you never miss a beat.

Travelling on board the 6-star Scenic Eclipse promises no ordinary journey. With a vast array of discovery vessels and equipment at your disposal – including kayaks, Zodiacs, helicopters, submarines, bicycles, and scuba gear* – you can experience the beauty of Cuba like never before.

Dip beneath the waves for close encounters with marine life in Cayo Largo Sur. Soar above the historic Isla de la Juventud on an exclusive helicopter tour*. Or take a Scenic e-bike for a spin in Havana, and experience the city like a local. However you choose to explore the highlights of this enigmatic Caribbean island, Scenic can help you enjoy an authentic and unforgettable Cuban retreat.  

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Cruise Information

If you’ve long dreamt of exploring the most unique and inimitable destination of the Caribbean, our Cuba in Depth cruise promises the journey of a lifetime. Below, we list essential information about the itinerary, including fares and inclusions:

  • The maiden Cuba in Depth cruise sets sail on 5 October 2018.
  • Departing Miami, Florida, the cruise lasts 14 days, and includes return flights from a choice of UK airports.
  • The quoted fare for a specific suite includes all food, beverages, exclusive shore excursions, mini-bar access, gratuities, and a range of other inclusions. This is all part of the signature 6-star all-inclusive service you can expect on board the World’s First Discovery Yacht.
  • Includes two Scenic Enrich events and a choice of 41 unique Scenic Freechoice activities, as well as access to our fleet of discovery vessels.
  • Our 6-star Discovery Yacht will carry a maximum of 228 guests to Cuba, and offer a level of luxury, discovery, and safety unique to the world of ultra-luxury ocean travel.
  • Full Cuba in Depth itinerary details can be found, here.

If Cuba’s irresistible charm and mystique has piqued your interest, don’t hesitate to place your booking. Places on board Scenic Eclipse are being reserved quickly for all 2018 sailings, so visit our dedicated ocean cruise page today or call 0808 278 7213 for the adventure of a lifetime.

*Helicopter and submarine activities are weather permitting, may incur additional costs and subject to availability. 

About the author

 by Dominic Keely
by Dominic Keely

Dominic is Scenic's Marketing Exec. His favourite river is the Seine, because of the rich history of the region. Dom's a huge football and Manchester United fan, and plays on a team himself.

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