Cruise to Cuba from Miami, Florida!

CUBA 360˚ - A CIRCUMNAVIGATION OF THE ISLAND OF CUBA,
MIAMI TO MIAMI ABOARD THE 286 feet M/V VICTORY I


Three distinctive People to People cultural exchange programs (16 or 14 days), providing guests with a unique opportunity to see many of Cuba’s seldom visited port cities with visits to several of Cuba’s nine UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
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Our imaginations run with thoughts of music filled with infectious rhythms and passion. Vistas filled with breathtaking terrains to architecture designed the famed architects. There is no limit to the depth of the culture of Cuba, this is why writers such as Ernest Hemingway were once drawn here. There is no better way to witness the colorful mosaic of Cuba than aboard the 210-guest M/V Victory I. Her size allows her to reach small inlets and ports that are untouched by larger vessels, allowing her guests to witness a rich culture built by generations of European, African and revolutionary influences.

PEOPLE TO PEOPLE CULTURAL JOURNEY OPEN TO USA CITIZENS
Experience Cuban culture the most authentic way possible— through its people. On this distinctive program, get acquainted with Cubans in their daily lives, from the city of Havana to the tobacco plantations of Viñales Valley. Engage with people directly in discussions about their lives and work, culture and traditions. Meet with Cuban historians, artists, musicians and naturalists and experience this diverse island through their eyes.

You'll have plenty of time to explore the capital city of Havana, and go where the mega-liner cruise ships can't... to authentic Cuba, filled with UNESCO World Heritage treasrues. Your people to people Cuba cruise gives you two days to explore the sites in Santiago, Trinidad, Cienfuegos and Havana. All this with 5-star cuisine and 5-star service aboard our beautifuly-restored coastal cruiser.


The M/V Victory I: An Agile and Elegant Small Ship with only 105 cabins, Perfectly Suited to Coastal Cruising!


Highlights include:

Beyond the sun-soaked beaches, Cuba brings everything from beautiful plazas, abundant wildlife, sustainable ecosystems, stunning architecture, museums and a vibrant musical tradition. Cuba’s landscape is diverse, consisting of roaming coastlines, the Sierra Maestra mountains to the east and the distinctive Caribbean spirit of the central region where top Cuban musicians often make surprise appearances and traditional savory Cuban cuisine begins the day.
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* People-to-People interaction and meaningful exchanges with locals.

* Small cruise ship ambiance (105 cabins).

* Up close and personal cruising to unique ports.

* All meals starting with Welcome dinner on Day 1, through breakfast on Day 15.

* Explore 5 UNESCO World Heritage sites including Old Havana and Trinidad with experts in Cuban culture and history.

* Visit Hotel Ambos Mundos in Havana, where Ernest Hemingway wrote “For Whom the Bell Tolls.”

* Take in the authentic music of the famous Cuban ensemble, the Buena Vista Social Club at Café Taberna, representing the musical spirit of the original 1940s Havana club by the same name.

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* Witness the lasting impression of Cuba’s colorful history on it’s architecture and 16th century structures in Trinidad.

* Enjoy a performance by the Cienfuegos Choir and the French influenced palaces and mansions in this enchanting colonial city.

* Experience the eclectic assortment of architectural influences in soulful Santiago de Cuba, from the imposing San Pedro de la Roca Castle (a UNESCO World Heritage Site), to the exquisite colonial homes in the historic quarter.

* Explore Alejandro de Humboldt National Park, the most important biosphere reserve in the Caribbean basin and a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site.

* Mandatory Cuban medical insurance.

* Cuban visa acquired for you.

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16-Day, Two Perfect Weeks in Cuba

Departs March 9 & April 20, 2018: Starting at $10,335 per person, Miami to Miami
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Additional: Port charges of $499 and Cuba fees & charges of $126

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Day 1: Miami, Florida

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This afternoon guests will embark on the Victory I for an iconic round trip journey from Miami to circumnavigating Cuba, and returning to Miami. This evening, enjoy a Welcome Reception as well a highly informative talk of the journey that unfolds in front of us.

Days 2 - 3: At Sea

While sailing over the Cuba, enjoy relaxing days at sea with engaging, cultural and historical talks with our expert Cuba lecturures. Enjoy the exceptional food and free flowing wine and spririts though out your day.

Days 4 - 5: Santiago de Cuba

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Fidel Castro proudly began the Cuban revolution in Santiago in 1953, and triumphantly announced victory here in 1959. Aside from its revolutionary history, Santiago represented a center of colonial power, boasting an array of important buildings and residents. We’ll visit the Cathedral of Santiago, completed in 1526, and incredibly, destroyed four times by earthquake in 1678, 1766, 1852 and 1932. The Cathedral is located in Cespedez Park, where you’ll find even more well-preserved Colonial architecture.

We’ll explore the Castillo de San Pedro de la Roca—better known as El Morro—inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List as “the most complete, best-preserved example of Spanish-American military architecture.” This multi-level stone fortress built into the rocky promontory of El Morro has guarded the entrance to Santiago de Cuba Bay since 1638. Continuing on, we’ll tour the Cementerio de Santa Ifigenia to observe some of the most beautiful burial crypts in Cuba. We will learn about Jose Marti, a Cuban National Hero whose writing inspired Cuba’s bid for Independence from Spain. He led an invasion force in 1895 and was martyred in battle well before independence was finally won in 1898.

Your People to People experience includes a visit to Casa del Caribe - two former mansions converted into a cultural research institute - to learn about Cuba’s popular Afro-Cuban religion, Santeria. You can meet local practitioners, and even get a divination reading from one of the local espiritistas. That is, if you are interested in the opinion of the Lucumi deities.

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We will continue our discovery of Spanish/Cuban luminaries at the former home of Diego Velazquez, one of the most famous painters of the Spanish Golden Age of the 17th Century. His home, now a museum, is the oldest standing example of colonial architecture in Cuba. We will enjoy a light lunch at a local Palador (family restaurant), then there will be plenty of free time to explore Old Santiago on your own.

We will continue our People to People tour of Santiago de Cuba by experiencing Afro-Franco-Haitian and Cuban folkloric dance, courtesy of the dance troop, Cutumba. They combine the choreographies of gaga, merengue-haitiano, tumba francesa and rumba to the rhythmic sounds of the island. We will then board a bus tour of Antonio Maceo Revolution Square and Moncada Barracks where, former Cuban President, Fulgencio Batista led a 1952 coup d’etat to begin his reign as dictator until the 1959 revolution, led by Fidel Castro. We will also visit El Cobre Sanctuary where the highly-revered Virgin of Charity (Virgin Mary) statue is housed. It is said that she assists her people and is credited with many miracles.

Day 6: At Sea

Days 7 - 8: Trinidad


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Our tour of Casilda and the larger Trinidad area begins with a visit to Manaca Iznaga Sugar Cane Plantation where you can try the Guarapo - the sweet juice of the sugar cane. We will continue to a majestic Mirador overlooking of the Valle de los Ingenios. This UNESCO Heritage Site - which is actually a series of three interconnecting valleys consisting of San Luis, Santa Rosa, and Meyer - is home to three sugar mills in-production from the late 18th century until the late 19th century.

Your People to People tour includes a connection with one of the most artistic families of Trinidad. Ever since the 19th century, when Modesto Santander learned pottery from a Spanish immigrant, the Santander family has been synonymous with the clay pottery of the region. You’ll visit the pottery studio and learn how the family trade has been passed down through generations.

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Trinidad is a meticulously well-preserved Spanish colonial city, with rich architecture, cobblestone streets, palaces and plazas. As a result, it is sometimes referred to as the “museum city of Cuba.” Walk through the town with a representative of the Office of the City Historian, interacting with artisans like Lazaro Niebla, who preserves his heritage through beautiful reverse wood carvings of his elders and ancestors. You’ll also visit the Casa del Crochet, a collaborative project of 35 local women. Next, you can stop in to see Yudit Vidal and her Pincelada Colonial Cuban Art Gallery to browse local artist’s handiwork.

Finally, we’ll survey the Museo Romantico (Romantic Museum), where we are transported back to sugar plantation life. Housed in one of the former private mansions, you can see a well-preserved example of how 18th Century plantation owners would have lived.

Day 9 -10: Cienfuegos, Cuba

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Cuba’s Perla del Sur (Pearl of the South) has long seduced travelers from around the island with its elegance, enlightened French spirit and feisty Caribbean panache. If Cuba has a Paris, this is most definitely it. Arranged around the country’s most spectacular natural bay, Cienfuegos is a nautical city with an enviable waterside setting. Founded in 1819, it’s one of Cuba’s youngest settlements, but also one of its most architecturally interesting, a factor that earned it a UNESCO World Heritage Site listing in 2005. Geographically, the city is split into two distinct parts: the colonnaded central zone featuring the elegant Paseo del Prado and Parque Martí; and Punta Gorda, a thin knife of land slicing into the bay with a clutch of eclectic early 20th-century palaces, built primarily by Americans under the Batista regime.

We’ll take in the unique UNEAC (Writers and Artists Union), which features lovely outdoor gardens hosting local music performances. Also on the Jose Marti park, we’ll find the Tomas Terry Theater, built in 1888 by the generous donation of Venezuelan industrialist Tomás Terry, featuring Carrara marble, gold-leaf mosaics, and ceiling frescoes. As part of your People to People tour, you’ll get to meet the Chorus of Cienfuegos, which performs at the theater. Their repertoire includes Renaissance, Baroque, Classical, Romantic and contemporary choral works.

A coach will take us to Playa Giron, one of the two landing sites for the 1961 Bay of Pigs invasion - a doomed effort by 1,500 Cuban expatriates to unseat Fidel Castro, shortly after the revolution. Our trip to the local museum will give us the Cuban perspective on the CIA-sponsored invasion.

Day 11: At Sea

Day 12: Maria Lagorda


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Located on Cuba’s western tip, María la Gorda is a paragon of environmental protection, evidenced by its abundant flora and fauna. The Guanahacabibes Peninsula where it’s located was declared a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve in 1987. It is about 300km from Havana. Considered one of Latin America’s top diving sites by divers, María la Gorda boasts some 32 dive sites with enviable visibility, abundant coral gardens and rich marine life. Water temperatures average between 24 and 30 degrees Celsius. While a magnet for divers, María la Gorda also attracts visitors for its superlative snorkeling, pristine beaches, and big game fishing.
The M/V Victory I will tender in Maria LaGorda. The tender will take you ashore and with our Cuban expert and motor coach, your will be visiting a nearby village. At the school, in the village, learn about Cuban education system in rural areas, and interact with teachers and students. Explore Guanahacabibes National Park, one of the country’s largest nature reserves on the westernmost
tip of the island. Meet with the naturalists and locals. The peninsula was one of the last refuges of aboriginals fleeing from the Spanish conquistadors and also holds some 140 archaeological sites linked to the life of the aborigines, who were known as Guanahatabeyes.

Day 13: At Sea

Days 14 - 15: Havana


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Havana is buzzing with an eclectic, sophisticated mix of museums, galleries, music, and dance. Frequent open-air festivals take full advantage of the island’s sunny Caribbean climate. Our first day in the city, we’ll visit Havana Vieja (Old Havana), a UNESCO World Heritage site, and the charming colonial squares of Plaza San Francisco, Plaza de Armas, Plaza de la Catedral (Cathedral Square) and Plaza de la Revolution (Revolution Square). If you’re interested in the arts, Museo de Bellas Artes (Museum of Fine Arts) will acquaint you with over a century of Cuban fine arts, while our People to People tour will introduce you to what’s happening in today’s Cuban art scene. We visit projects like Muraleando, a community art project born out of the difficult period of the early 1990’s after the collapse of the Soviet Union and its support for Cuba. You’ll meet contemporary artists like world-renowned, Kcho, or the unique barbershop/arts center, Arte Corte.

Your People to People experience also connects you with a private dress rehearsal of the unique dance ensemble “Havana Queens” - combining classical ballet, flamenco and modern dance with Rumba and Salsa influences - inviting you to join the unique Caribbean rhythm of the Island. Havana’s rich musical history is best embodied by the Buena Vista Social Club - an actual member’s club which closed in the 1940’s, but the music lives on thanks to sthe band by the same name. If we’re lucky, we will meet Omara Portuondo, the sole surviving member of the original band.

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The second day, we will drive to the outskirts of Havana to visit Finca Vigia, Ernest Hemingway’s home in Cuba. This beautiful property is where the Nobel Prize-winning author lived with his third wife Mary for over 30 years. See the home in perfect condition with Hemingway’s personal belongings as he left them. Walk the grounds to see his private writing studio, swimming pool, and beloved fishing boat, Pilar. The boat is featured in his novel Islands in the Stream. This is also where he wrote several novels such as For Whom the Bell Tolls and The Old Man and the Sea. We’ll even drive to Cojimar, the fishing village where he kept his boat, and which served as the setting for The Old Man and the Sea.

Use your spare time to catch a ride in Cuba’s most iconic tourist attraction, the 1950’s classic cars. After the 1959 revolution, Cubans were forbidden to buy foreign vehicles, so the entire country has become a rolling car museum. While ’55 and ’57 Chevy’s dominate the scene, you’ll find well-preserved Buicks, Fords, Oldsmobiles and Plymouths ready to take you back in time.

Day 16: Miami, Florida

Arrive in Miami. After breakfast on board, disembark for the airport for your flight homeward bound.


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14-Day, Two Days in Every Port

Departs March 24, 2018: Starting at $8,957 per person, Miami to Miami
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Additional: Port charges of $499 and Cuba fees & charges of $126

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Day 1: Miami, Florida

Arrive at your leisure in the art deco charm of Miami - perfect for a pre-or post-cruise stay.

Day 2 - 3: At Sea

Days 4 - 5: Santiago de Cuba
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Fidel Castro proudly began the Cuban revolution in Santiago in 1953, and triumphantly announced victory here in 1959. Aside from its revolutionary history, Santiago represented a center of colonial power, boasting an array of important buildings and residents. We’ll visit the Cathedral of Santiago, completed in 1526, and incredibly, destroyed four times by earthquake in 1678, 1766, 1852 and 1932. The Cathedral is located in Cespedez Park, where you’ll find even more well-preserved Colonial architecture.

We’ll explore the Castillo de San Pedro de la Roca—better known as El Morro—inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List as “the most complete, best-preserved example of Spanish-American military architecture.” This multi-level stone fortress built into the rocky promontory of El Morro has guarded the entrance to Santiago de Cuba Bay since 1638. Continuing on, we’ll tour the Cementerio de Santa Ifigenia to observe some of the most beautiful burial crypts in Cuba. We will learn about Jose Marti, a Cuban National Hero whose writing inspired Cuba’s bid for Independence from Spain. He led an invasion force in 1895 and was martyred in battle well before independence was finally won in 1898.

Your People to People experience includes a visit to Casa del Caribe - two former mansions converted into a cultural research institute - to learn about Cuba’s popular Afro-Cuban religion, Santeria. You can meet local practitioners, and even get a divination reading from one of the local espiritistas. That is, if you are interested in the opinion of the Lucumi deities.

We will continue our discovery of Spanish/Cuban luminaries at the former home of Diego Velazquez, one of the most famous painters of the Spanish Golden Age of the 17th Century. His home, now a museum, is the oldest standing example of colonial architecture in Cuba. We will enjoy a light lunch at a local Palador (family restaurant), then there will be plenty of free time to explore Old Santiago on your own.

We will continue our People to People tour of Santiago de Cuba by experiencing Afro-Franco-Haitian and Cuban folkloric dance, courtesy of the dance troop, Cutumba. They combine the choreographies of gaga, merengue-haitiano, tumba francesa and rumba to the rhythmic sounds of the island. We will then board a bus tour of Antonio Maceo Revolution Square and Moncada Barracks where, former Cuban President, Fulgencio Batista led a 1952 coup d’etat to begin his reign as dictator until the 1959 revolution, led by Fidel Castro. We will also visit El Cobre Sanctuary where the highly-revered Virgin of Charity (Virgin Mary) statue is housed. It is said that she assists her people and is credited with many miracles.

Day 6: At Sea
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Days 7 - 8: Trinidad

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Our tour of Casilda and the larger Trinidad area begins with a visit to Manaca Iznaga Sugar Cane Plantation where you can try the Guarapo - the sweet juice of the sugar cane. We will continue to a majestic Mirador overlooking of the Valle de los Ingenios. This UNESCO Heritage Site - which is actually a series of three interconnecting valleys consisting of San Luis, Santa Rosa, and Meyer - is home to three sugar mills in-production from the late 18th century until the late 19th century.

Your People to People tour includes a connection with one of the most artistic families of Trinidad. Ever since the 19th century, when Modesto Santander learned pottery from a Spanish immigrant, the Santander family has been synonymous with the clay pottery of the region. You’ll visit the pottery studio and learn how the family trade has been passed down through generations.

Trinidad is a meticulously well-preserved Spanish colonial city, with rich architecture, cobblestone streets, palaces and plazas. As a result, it is sometimes referred to as the “museum city of Cuba.” Walk through the town with a representative of the Office of the City Historian, interacting with artisans like Lazaro Niebla, who preserves his heritage through beautiful reverse wood carvings of his elders and ancestors. You’ll also visit the Casa del Crochet, a collaborative project of 35 local women. Next, you can stop in to see Yudit Vidal and her Pincelada Colonial Cuban Art Gallery to browse local artist’s handiwork.

Finally, we’ll survey the Museo Romantico (Romantic Museum), where we are transported back to sugar plantation life. Housed in one of the former private mansions, you can see a well-preserved example of how 18th Century plantation owners would have lived.

Days 9 - 10: Cienfuegos, Cuba

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Cuba’s Perla del Sur (Pearl of the South) has long seduced travelers from around the island with its elegance, enlightened French spirit and feisty Caribbean panache. If Cuba has a Paris, this is most definitely it. Arranged around the country’s most spectacular natural bay, Cienfuegos is a nautical city with an enviable waterside setting. Founded in 1819, it’s one of Cuba’s youngest settlements, but also one of its most architecturally interesting, a factor that earned it a UNESCO World Heritage Site listing in 2005. Geographically, the city is split into two distinct parts: the colonnaded central zone featuring the elegant Paseo del Prado and Parque Martí; and Punta Gorda, a thin knife of land slicing into the bay with a clutch of eclectic early 20th-century palaces, built primarily by Americans under the Batista regime.

We’ll take in the unique UNEAC (Writers and Artists Union), which features lovely outdoor gardens hosting local music performances. Also on the Jose Marti park, we’ll find the Tomas Terry Theater, built in 1888 by the generous donation of Venezuelan industrialist Tomás Terry, featuring Carrara marble, gold-leaf mosaics, and ceiling frescoes. As part of your People to People tour, you’ll get to meet the Chorus of Cienfuegos, which performs at the theater. Their repertoire includes Renaissance, Baroque, Classical, Romantic and contemporary choral works.

A coach will take us to Playa Giron, one of the two landing sites for the 1961 Bay of Pigs invasion - a doomed effort by 1,500 Cuban expatriates to unseat Fidel Castro, shortly after the revolution. Our trip to the local museum will give us the Cuban perspective on the CIA-sponsored invasion.

Day 11: At Sea
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Day 12: At Sea - Arrive in Havana Early Evening

Day 13: Havana

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Havana is buzzing with an eclectic, sophisticated mix of museums, galleries, music, and dance. Frequent open-air festivals take full advantage of the island’s sunny Caribbean climate. Our first day in the city, we’ll visit Havana Vieja (Old Havana), a UNESCO World Heritage site, and the charming colonial squares of Plaza San Francisco, Plaza de Armas, Plaza de la Catedral (Cathedral Square) and Plaza de la Revolution (Revolution Square). If you’re interested in the arts, Museo de Bellas Artes (Museum of Fine Arts) will acquaint you with over a century of Cuban fine arts, while our People to People tour will introduce you to what’s happening in today’s Cuban art scene. We visit projects like Muraleando, a community art project born out of the difficult period of the early 1990’s after the collapse of the Soviet Union and its support for Cuba. You’ll meet contemporary artists like world-renowned, Kcho, or the unique barbershop/arts center, Arte Corte.

Your People to People experience also connects you with a private dress rehearsal of the unique dance ensemble “Havana Queens” - combining classical ballet, flamenco and modern dance with Rumba and Salsa influences - inviting you to join the unique Caribbean rhythm of the Island. Havana’s rich musical history is best embodied by the Buena Vista Social Club - an actual member’s club which closed in the 1940’s, but the music lives on thanks to sthe band by the same name. If we’re lucky, we will meet Omara Portuondo, the sole surviving member of the original band.

The second day, we will drive to the outskirts of Havana to visit Finca Vigia, Ernest Hemingway’s home in Cuba. This beautiful property is where the Nobel Prize-winning author lived with his third wife Mary for over 30 years. See the home in perfect condition with Hemingway’s personal belongings as he left them. Walk the grounds to see his private writing studio, swimming pool, and beloved fishing boat, Pilar. The boat is featured in his novel Islands in the Stream. This is also where he wrote several novels such as For Whom the Bell Tolls and The Old Man and the Sea. We’ll even drive to Cojimar, the fishing village where he kept his boat, and which served as the setting for The Old Man and the Sea.

Use your spare time to catch a ride in Cuba’s most iconic tourist attraction, the 1950’s classic cars. After the 1959 revolution, Cubans were forbidden to buy foreign vehicles, so the entire country has become a rolling car museum. While ’55 and ’57 Chevy’s dominate the scene, you’ll find well-preserved Buicks, Fords, Oldsmobiles and Plymouths ready to take you back in time.

Day 14: Miami - Disembark

Arrive back in Miami. After breakfast you will disembark for airport for your journey homeward bound.

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14-Day, Extra Havana Nights

Departs April 7, 2018: Starting at $8,957 per person, Miami to Miami
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Additional: Port charges of $499 and Cuba fees & charges of $126

ITINERARY

Day 1: Miami, Florida

For your convenience, this cruise begins and ends in Miami, allowing for a pre- or post-cruise stay in America's Caribbean gem.

Day 2 - 3: At Sea
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Day 4 - 5: Santiago, Cuba


We will be visiting Castillo de San Pedro del Morro, this fortress is an UNESCO World Heritage Site. This huge fortress, at the entrance to the Bay of Santiago, lies about 10 kilometers southwest of Santiago de Cuba. This fortress was designed to protect against pirate attacks, but it also served as a prison in the late 1700’s. It contains a small naval museum with displays on piracy and the history of the area. We will then be visiting Cementerio de Santa Ifigenia cemetery to observe some of the most beautiful burial crypts in Cuba. We will learn about Jose Marti, a Cuban National Hero, and witness the changing of the guard at his tomb. We will then experience the Diego Velazquez House and Museum, this structure is the oldest still standing example of colonial style architecture in Cuba today. We will have a light lunch at a local Palador. (family restaurant) After lunch there will be plenty of free time to explore Old Santiago on your own.

Day 6: At Sea

Day 7 - 8: Trinidad


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Depart by coach to Trinidad. A meticulously well preserved Spanish colonial city, with its rich architecture, cobblestone streets, palaces and plazas, Trinidad is sometimes referred to as the “museum city of Cuba”. Walk through the town with a representative of the Office of the City Historian, interacting with artisans and visiting with locals. At the Romantic Museum, we envision life in the 18th century through its furniture and decorative arts. Enjoy lunch in a Paladar,(a family owned restaurant with homemade Cuban food). In the afternoon, there is time to explore on your own.

Day 9: Cienfuegos

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Cuba's so-called Perla del Sur (Pearl of the South) has long seduced travelers from around the island with its elegance, enlightened French spirit and feisty Caribbean panache. If Cuba has a Paris, this is most definitely it. Arranged around the country's most spectacular natural bay, Cienfuegos is a nautical city with an enviable waterside setting. Founded in 1819, it's one of Cuba's newest settlements, but also one of its most architecturally interesting, a factor that earned it a Unesco World Heritage Site listing in 2005. Geographically, the city is split into two distinct parts: the colonnaded central zone with its elegant Paseo del Prado (commonly shortened to Prado) and Parque Martí; and Punta Gorda, a thin knife of land slicing into the bay with a clutch of eclectic early 20th-century palaces, including some of Cuba's prettiest buildings.

Day 10 - 11: At Sea

Note: arriving in Havana early evening.

Day 12 - 13: Havana

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World known rhythms such as Mambo and Cha-cha-cha originated in Cuba; as well as the first known Salsa called “Echale Salsita” (Spice it up a little) recorded back in the 1930s. Following breakfast, guests will disembark and begin their cultural exploration of this beautiful city by foot through the atmospheric squares of ‘Havana Viejo’, calling on artists in their studios as we pass. Visit Hotel Ambos Mundos, where Ernest Hemingway kept a room for years. The hotel served as a refuge for writing such works as “For Whom the Bell Tolls” and a base for frequenting his favorite bars. At the end of the tour guests will check into hotel in Havana for an overnight stay.We encourage guests to enjoy an evening performance at the historical Tropicana Theater or alternatively stroll to nearby Café Taberna, where one can enjoy Cuban music by the famed Buena Vista Social Club.

Day 14: Miami, Disembark

Arrive back in Miami. After breakfast you will disembark for airport for your journey homeward bound.

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Your Accommodations

After exhilarating days on shore, escape to your own private retreat featuring fresh, modern décor, hardwood floors, beds with deep, premium mattresses, 100% Egyptian cotton sheets, deluxe duvets, and your choice of different pillow options. All 105 staterooms and suites also offer individual climate controls, magnifying makeup mirrors, plush towels, coveted L’Occitane® bath amenities, spa robes and slippers, generous closets and under-bed storage.

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OWNER’S SUITE: Ocean view suite boasting sweeping views, interior and exterior entrances, private terrace, minibar, queen bed and one sofa bed, sitting area, in-room safe, complimentary laundry service, 325 sq ft. (Deck 3)

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Category AA: Ocean view suite with direct access to open-air promenade. Added amenities include: two twin or one queen bed, armoire, minibar, complimentary laundry service, 155 sq ft. (Deck 4)

Category A Stateroom: Ocean view stateroom, two twin or one queen bed, 140 sq ft. (Deck 3)

Category B Stateroom: Ocean view stateroom, sweeping views, two twin or one queen bed, armoire, chest of drawers, 140 sq ft. (Deck 3)

Category C Stateroom: Ocean view stateroom, two twin or one queen bed, armoire, chest of drawers, 140 sq ft. (Deck 2)

Category D Stateroom: Ocean view stateroom, two twin or one queen bed, armoire, chest of drawers, 140 sq ft. (Deck 1)

Category E Stateroom: Ocean view stateroom, queen bed, armoire, chest of drawers, 140 sq ft. (Deck 1)

Onboard Amenities Include:

  • Personal robes and slippers
  • Top Line bath amenities that are environmentally sensitive
  • Premium mattresses
  • 100% Egyptian cotton bedding
  • In-room electronic safe
  • Individual climate control
  • LCD flat screen television (satellite)
  • Alarm clock
  • Hair dryer & makeup mirror
  • Telephone
  • Complimentary distinctive wines, beers, onboard during all mealtimes, soft drinks, juices, coffee, tea, and water.
  • WiFi available onboard
  • Daily housekeeping; nightly turndown
  • Onboard Salon & Spa
  • Mid-Morning Consumme & Afternoon tea service

Our onboard team will do their best to ensure the highest possible standards of cleanliness and comfort in your room. Please let us know if you have questions or if you are not satisfied with any aspect of our service. All suites/staterooms are equipped with individually controlled climate control; a personal safe; a hair dryer and makeup mirror; spa quality robes, slippers, and spa bath amenities; as well as premium mattresses, linens, and pillows, LCD Flat screen television with satellite programming and radio/alarm with docking station.

Each stateroom is equipped with a combination safe for your use. Please use a number that will be easy to remember. If you forget your number, please notify the office immediately, as repeatedly trying to unlock the safe with an incorrect code will result in the safe being disabled. We are not responsible for any valuables left in your suite/stateroom, and urges you to leave valuables at home. Any charges incurred in returning lost property will be at the owner’s expense.

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Your Dining & Leisure

You will enjoy Delicious, Regionally-Inspired Cuisine. The M/V Victory offers two distinctive dining venues, each with its own appeal. Enjoy fresh air and healthy selections at the Cliff Rock Bar & Grille, an outdoor grill where “hot rock” cooking is the special of the day, everyday.

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Relax in the comfort of the elegant main dining room, where a professional wait staff serves breakfast, lunch and dinner daily from our chef’s menu of regionally inspired dishes and western favorites. Skillfully designed to foster a convivial atmosphere while giving you room to breathe, the MS Saint Laurent invites you to relax and unwind as you discover the world’s most remarkable coastal regions. Enjoy quiet time in a cozy corner. Stretch your legs on the promenade. Or gather with friends as you watch the world go by. No matter where you are, you’ll find perfectly designed spaces for every mood and every possibility.

In the Main Restaurant you may enjoy a sumptuous seated breakfast, lunch and dinner daily in a casual and comfortable environment. The Cliff Rock, our outdoor Bar & Grille, offers an alternate light breakfast and lunch options as well as a special style of ‘hot rock’ cooking providing an extremely fresh and healthy dining alternative for dinner. Mid-Morning Consumme is offered on a daily basis. Enjoy afternoon tea with cakes, cookies, sandwiches, coffee & tea. In the evening, enjoy a late night snack in the lounge.

Beverages such as coffee, tea, mineral water, soft drinks, beer, wine and spirits (house brand) are available throughout your cruise. During our daily cocktail hour, before dinner, we will feature cold canape
́s and bar snacks.

If you would like to enjoy the comfort of your suite, a limited menu will be available for room service, which will be available 24 hours, just a phone call away.

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SHEARWATER DINING ROOM
Savor delicious cuisine in the easy elegance of the main dining room, where a professional wait staff serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner daily from our chef’s menu of regionally inspired dishes.


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CLIFF ROCK BAR & GRILLE
Enjoy fresh air and fresh selections at the Cliff Rock Grille, where “hot rock” cooking is the special of the day, every day. Choose your ingredients and watch them cook to perfection on 100% pure volcanic lava rock. Serving buffet breakfast and lunch and seated dinner.


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THE SEASCAPE TAVERN
Share stories and laughter with friends and fellow travelers in the casual comfort of this cozy, English-style tavern. In the early evening, talented musicians bring the ship to life with all your favorite songs.


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THE COMPASS LOUNGE
Log onto one of the ship’s iPads and catch up on the latest news or send a few emails to friends back home. Attend an enriching presentation by an onboard specialist. Gather around the grand piano for an old fashioned sing-along. After dinner, cocktails, music, and dancing keep the fun going into the evening hours.

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SUN DECK
The sun deck is the perfect place to greet the day during morning yoga or a stretching session. Relax with a book and soak up some rays on one of the cushioned lounges.

OBSERVATION DECK LOUNGE
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This comfortable outdoor seating area is the perfect place to celebrate a successful shore excursion, gather for afternoon cocktails and amber sunsets, or indulge in a little late-night stargazing.

PINNACLE TERRACE
Stretch your legs on the ship’s open-air promenade or relax with a beverage on the spacious terrace, the perfect vantage point as you watch for wildlife on shore.

Latitude Salon & Spa
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Renew yourself with a relaxing massage or with one of our many beauty treatments during your stay. We are excited to offer services in the Latitude Salon and Spa or in the comfort of your stateroom.


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Your Ship
M/V Victory I Ship Specifications & Deck Plan

Length: 286.32 ft  |  Width: 50 ft  |  Draft: 13.52 ft  |  Speed: 12 knots Gross Tonnage: 4954 tons  |  Registry: Nassau, Bahamas  |  Voltage: 110 volts  |  Guests: 210 Crew: 90  |  Suites: 2 (325 sq ft)  |  Staterooms: 103 (130-190 sq ft)  |  Zodiacs: 6

Built in 1975, as the MS Saint Laurent, the ship was completely refurbished in May of 2015 and renamed the M/V Victory I in 2016. The M//V Victory is an ocean, passenger expedition vessel registered in the port of Nassau, Bahamas under call sign C6PG6. The overall length of this vessel is 101.1 meters, and it has a molded breadth of 16.20 meters with a gross tonnage of 4,954. It is powered by two main engines and four auxiliary engines, all manufactured by MAN B&W. This ship travels at a speed of 12 knots, and is equipped with 6 Mach 5 Zodiacs.

Onboard, modern design tips its hat to our maritime past and includes spacious, open-air dining venues and bars, an opulent indoor main lounge and dining room, an English style pub, Spa, Gift Shop, Observation Deck and Elevator.
All 105 staterooms and suites are comfortable and offer modern décor and have 110 volt electrical outlets. Owner’s Suites boast sweeping views, interior and exterior entrances and a private terrace.

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Ship Specifications:
Tonnage: GT 4954, NT 1486
Length: 87.27 M
Breadth: 15.24 M
Draft: 4.12 M
Speed: 14 K
Capacity: 294 persons
Passengers: 210
Passenger cabins: 105
Crew capacity: 90
Ship's Registry: Nassau, Bahamas
Voltage on board: 110 volts
Full speed: 12 kn = 5 ton/day + 12 ton/day
Cruising speed: 10 kn = 5 ton/day + 10 ton/day
Maneuvering speed: 6 kn = 5 ton/day + 6 ton/day
Main Engines: 2 x Caterpillar 3516 B

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Your Experience

Refined, small ship experiences

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The indisputable joy of sailing is brought to life on the M/V Victory I, an agile small ship that easily navigates canals and locks, tranquil bays, and hidden ports where larger ships dare not go. Onboard, fresh, modern design tips its hat to our maritime past as spacious, open-air lounges, inviting dining venues, and generous windows ensure you never miss a chance to savor the view.

Intuitive and attentive service
With a caring crew of 90 pampering no more than 210 guests, you’ll feel at home on the M/V Victory I from the moment you step on board. Whether it’s a favorite cocktail served to you on deck, fresh hot coffee in the morning in your room, or the delicate chocolate on your pillow ensuring sweet dreams, serving you is our pleasure. Personal room service is just a phone call away.

On board specialists and included excursions
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Aboard the M/V Victory I, you’ll often travel in the company of engaging specialists focusing on areas where our journey takes us who share their expertise freely in presentations and impromptu discussions throughout your journey. In port, included shore excursions with knowledgeable local guides provide meaningful opportunities to uncover the rich history, unique wildlife, and fascinating cultures of the destinations you visit.

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CUBA CRUISES FINE PRINT


TERMS AND CONDITIONS

Victory Cruise Lines, is pleased to offer this comprehensive people-to-people cultural exchange program. All required licensure
to operate this program utilizing the pre-determined 12 approved points highlighted by the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) will be fully adhered to throughout the operation of our programs. The itinerary was designed to provide an in-depth cultural experience with numerous opportunities for meaningful interaction with Cubans. Travel restrictions in Cuba, such as limits on how much one may spend and what may be purchased, will be provided in your pre-departure materials.

While we do our best to adhere to the itinerary listed here, traveling in Cuba requires fexibility, and changes to program itinerary may occur. Victory Cruise Lines reserves the right to alter the program itinerary as required by the Office of Foreign Assets Control and the Cuban Government. All advance-reservations will be accepted on a first-come first-served basis. Medical Insurance as required by the Cuban Government, Cuban Departure Tax, and applicable Visa costs (required) for travel to Cuba will appear on your final invoice.

Terms and Conditions apply to all vessels under Victory Cruise Lines Ltd. ("Victory Cruise Lines") operation unless otherwise noted. Any and all information contained herein is in effect at the time of printing and is subject to change at any time. Information contained in this brochure does not form part of any offer or contract. The transportation of Passengers and baggage on Victory Cruise Lines’ vessel is provided solely by Victory Cruise Lines and is governed by the terms and conditions printed on the Passage Contract also available on request at 1-786-724-1519 or by email – info@victorycruiselines.com. The Passage Contract will be included with your final travel documents and contains complete and important information regarding cancellations, itineraries, Victory Cruise Lines' liability, health and immigration requirements, and other relevant terms and conditions. The terms and conditions of the Passage Contract will apply to persons who have booked a cruise regardless of whether or not they have embarked the vessel. Please read your Passage Contract carefully. To the extent that any of the information in the brochure conflicts with the terms of the Passage Contract, the terms and conditions contained in the Passage Contract shall control.

Itinerary arrival and departure times are always subject to change without notice. Victory Cruise Lines reserves the right to cancel, alter, advance, postpone or substitute any scheduled sailing or itinerary, substitute another vessel for the scheduled ship, or substitute or cancel scheduled ports of call, which, in its sole judgment and discretion, is justified for any reason, and to do so without liability for any loss whatsoever to Passengers as a result of said change(s). Additionally, Victory Cruise Lines reserves the right to cancel reservations and bookings in the event of a full-ship charter, whether or not a deposit or full payment has been received, and in such event, Victory Cruise Lines' only liability will be to refund
to the Passenger the amount received. If Victory Cruise Lines makes arrangements for transportation, other than cruise passage, it will do so only as a booking agent. Victory Cruise Lines' responsibility does not extend beyond the vessel. If Victory Cruise Lines provides any transport it will do so with third party contractors. Victory Cruise Lines is not responsible for incidents such as airline cancellations, re-routings or any disruption of scheduled services or accommodation, or lost luggage.

While participating in activities during cruises offering Victory Cruise Lines’ shore excursion program, certain risks and dangers may arise including but not limited to; activities in remote areas, animals and marine life, forces of nature and accident or illness. Victory Cruise Lines does not have any responsibility for the accuracy of any information it provides regarding any activity included in the expedition or shore excursion program and cannot determine and/or assure the suitability of any excursion or activity as to a particular Passenger. All Passengers who participate in any expedition or activity offered by Victory Cruise Lines, accept responsibility for making their own determinations as to the suitability of the activity regarding their own safety, conduct and well-being and agree to participate solely at their own risk. Attending applicable and available information briefings before participation is mandatory. Based on the aforementioned, each participating Passenger assumes the risk associated with any and all activities, excursions and expeditions, included or optional to Passengers and will hold Victory Cruise Lines and expedition team members harmless from and defend them against any and all liability, actions, suits, claims and demands which could arise from participation in any of the aforementioned activities.

All schedules, fares, and terms and conditions listed in this brochure are effective as of November 2016 and supersede any schedules, prices, and terms and conditions previously published. All fares indicated in this brochure including land and hotel, are capacity controlled, subject to change at anytime without notice and do not guarantee availability.

Travel documents will not be dispatched until full and final payment and Passenger contact information has been received by Victory Cruise Lines and cleared. For purposes of this Agreement, contact information shall mean a Passenger’s full name, passport number, address, telephone number (land and mobile), electronic mail address and emergency contact information and any other information as requested by Victory Cruise Lines. Victory Cruise Lines must be able to reach each Passenger’s emergency contact at any time of day. Victory Cruise Lines must therefore be provided with all information to allow Victory Cruise Lines to do so (such information should include the name, address, electronic mail address (if available) and phone number (including a cell phone number if available) of a parent, guardian, spouse, domestic partner, or other person to contact in the event of an emergency. No Passenger will be allowed to embark a Victory Cruise Lines vessel unless Victory Cruise Lines has received all information.

CRUISE TARIFF
Cruise fares cover certain shipboard services including: accommodations, shore excursions, onboard meals and entertainment, complimentary beverages aboard ship where noted in the respective cruise program brochure. All fares are quoted in US dollars, are per Passenger and based on double occupancy. Not included in your cruise tariff are: airfare, hotel accommodations, optional shore excursions, meals ashore (unless otherwise noted), beverages not highlighted as included, fuel surcharges, laundry (unless otherwise noted), purchases from the ship boutique or any item or service of a personal nature such as medical care, massages and spa treatments.

Travel agents are considered to be the agent of Passenger and not of Victory Cruise Lines. Victory Cruise Lines is not liable for any representation, act or omission of Passenger’s travel agent. Passenger’s cruise fare is not considered paid until Victory Cruise Lines receives full payment, and the amount thereof is subject to change at any time prior to Victory Cruise Lines’ receipt of payment. Passenger shall at all times remain liable to Victory Cruise Lines for the price of passage. Victory Cruise Lines reserves the right to refuse embarkation if all charges and surcharges have not been paid in advance of departure.

DEPOSIT/FINAL PAYMENT
To reserve your cruise, a $300 per person deposit of the cruise fare is required at the time of booking. Final payment is due no later than 90 days prior to departure. Passengers will not be permitted to change travel agents once final payment has been received by Victory Cruise Lines. Final documentation will be issued after receipt of final payment and approximately 30 days prior to sailing. All reservations are subject to cancellation if payments are not received by the due date, and are guaranteed only when paid in full 90 days prior to sailing. Reservations made within 90 days of sailing require full payment at the time of booking. Payments may be made by personal check (USD funds), or by VISA®, MasterCard® and Discover®.

CANCELLATIONS/REFUNDS
Should you find it necessary to cancel your reservation or any component thereof, you and/or your Travel Professional are required to contact Victory Cruise Lines directly by telephone as well as submit your cancellation in writing via email to info@victorycruiselines. com. Cancellation request received between 120-91 days prior to your initial sailing date, a $300 non-refundable administrative fee will be charged per person. This administrative fee may be converted to a future cruise credit within 1 year of original cancellation date. Cruise cancellation requests received within 120 days of the initial sailing date will be subject to the following charges, regardless of suite resale: 120 – 91 days prior to the initial sailing date, $300 administrative fee per person; 90 - 61 days prior to the initial sailing date, 50% of total cruise fare per person, 60-0 days prior to sailing date, or nonappearance at the time of sailing, 100% of the total cruise fare per person. Cruise tickets must be returned to Victory Cruise Lines before refunds (if owed) can be processed.

PRE/POST EXTENSION LAND PROGRAM CANCELLATIONS
Pre and/or Post Land Extension Program cancellations received more than 120 days prior to your initial sailing date are subject to a $100 non-refundable administrative fee and will be charged per booking. This administrative fee may not be converted to a future cruise credit.

HEALTH AND MEDICAL REQUIREMENTS
All Passengers are required to report in writing to Victory Cruise Lines at the time their reservation is made:
1. Any physical or mental condition that may require medical or professional treatment or attention during the voyage
2. Any condition that may render the Passenger un t for travel, or that may require special care or assistance
3. Any condition that may pose a risk or danger to the Passenger or anyone else on board the ship
4. Any condition that may require oxygen for medical reasons
5. Any intention or need to use a wheelchair, or other mobility device
By booking passage and by boarding the ship, the Passenger represents and warrants that he/ she is physically and otherwise t to travel, and that the Passenger will comply at all times with applicable rules and regulations of the ship and orders and instructions of the ship’s of cers. Victory Cruise Lines reserves the right without liability to require a Passenger to disembark and/or to refuse to board and transport a Passenger who, in the judgment of Victory Cruise Lines or the ship’s Captain, is un t to travel or may require care beyond that which Victory Cruise Lines is reasonably able to provide.

BAGGAGE
You may bring aboard the ship a reasonable amount of clothing and personal effects without charge. Baggage for Victory Cruise Lines Passengers or Passengers on our land extension programs must be handled in accordance with regulations of our ground operators. Baggage exceeding these limitations is subject to the charges as set forth by the individual operators. Airlines are strict with baggage limitations. Passengers are encouraged to contact individual airlines for weight limitations. All baggage must be securely packed, and properly and clearly labeled. Liquid, fragile, perishable and other articles not suitably packed are transported at your own risk. Victory Cruise Lines is not responsible for loss or damage to baggage or any other personal item during air travel or land extension programs. Baggage and personal belongings will be taken off the ship upon Passenger disembarkation. Under no circumstances will baggage be stored on board without the owner of such baggage being on the vessel. Victory Cruise Lines is not responsible for baggage stored in shore side facilities. Under
no circumstances may dangerous items (including but not limited to: explosives, rearms, combustible or illegal substances) be taken aboard the ship. We recommend that you hand- carry travel documents (passport, visa, cruise tickets), medications and valuables. These items are the full responsibility of the Passenger at all times. Victory Cruise Lines shall not be responsible for the loss of, or damage to, such personal items.

LOST PROPERTY
Victory Cruise Lines may levy a charge for the return of personal items left onboard or lost and subsequently found.

TRAVEL DOCUMENTS
All travel documents (air and cruise tickets, passport and medical insurance information) are the Passenger’s responsibility. It is also the Passenger’s responsibility to obtain any necessary visas and public health documents for all applicable ports and to comply with all customs requirements. Without the required documents, a Passenger may be denied boarding and accommodation by Victory Cruise Lines or the Passenger may be disembarked during the voyage and Victory Cruise Lines will not make a refund or be otherwise liable to any Passenger for such denial of boarding or disembarkation. In the event that Victory Cruise Lines as a courtesy provides information or advice as to necessary travel documents, visas and medical inoculations, Passengers are still obligated to verify such information with the appropriate government authorities and Victory Cruise Lines does not warrant or guarantee the accuracy of such information. Passports are required to be valid six months beyond intended stay. Please check with the appropriate consulate for speci c requirements. Security measures imposed by governments may change from time to time and each Passenger will be required to comply with them. As a courtesy, we will endeavor to provide each Passenger with notice of measures that may affect them, but complying with any such requirements is the sole responsibility of each Passenger. Please consult your travel professional for advice on such requirements to avoid loss of boarding privileges.

TAXES, GOVERNMENT FEES/QUASI-GOVERNMENT FEES AND FUEL SUPPLEMENTS
Victory Cruise Lines reserves the right to pass through to its Passengers (including fully paid and deposited Passengers) any taxes and government fees/quasi-government fees that relate speci cally to a Passenger’s itinerary. “Taxes and Government fees/quasi-government fees” include any and all fees, charges, surcharges, tolls and taxes imposed by governmental or quasi-governmental authorities including, but not limited to, customs fees, per person berth taxes or fees, embarkation and/or disembarkation fees at ports, airline transportation fees, dockage fees, and wharf age fees.
Victory Cruise Lines reserves the right to charge a per person fuel supplement in the event that the price increases up to and including the day of embarkation. Victory Cruise Lines may collect any taxes, government fees / quasi-government fees and fuel supplement (the “Surcharges”) at the time of booking, prior to sailing or on board the vessel, even if the cruise fare has been paid in full. Surcharges will be invoiced accordingly.
All fares, and itineraries are subject to change without notice. Additional restrictions may apply. Victory Cruise Lines reserves the right to correct any errors or omissions.

This brochure may contain inadvertent technical or factual inaccuracies and typographical errors. Victory Cruise Lines reserves the right to correct errors and omissions at any time without prior notice, and to cancel any offered product, service, amenity, etc. in the event of any error or omission in the description, including pricing and availability.


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CUBA FAQ

PASSPORT & VISA

Each traveler must be in possession of a valid, signed passport that will remain valid for at least six months beyond completion of the entire trip. At this time visas ARE required for US citizens traveling to Cuba. You will need to send us a color copy of passport photo page.

Previous to arriving in Miami you will be sent an application (with instructions) that is MANDATORY for ALL travelers to fill out. Once all travelers have filled out the application you will send them back to us with copies of your passports, to which we will forward to the Cuban ground operator to be processed. When you have sent back your completed visa application, your visa will be shipped to you.

Participants holding all other passports other than USA should check with the consulate for regulations and instructions.

HEALTH REGULATIONS

No vaccinations are required for entry into Cuba or return to the USA.

WEATHER

The Cuban climate is mild subtropical. Thanks to its proximity to the Tropic of Cancer and its narrow configuration, Cuba receives a refreshing action of trade winds and marine breezes. Average Fahrenheit temperatures are as follows:

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PACKING & CLOTHING

GENERAL SUGGESTIONS
Please travel as lightly as possible so as not to restrict space in your cabin. Soft bags are more practical than hard suitcases. Sports or casual clothes are more useful. Bring swimwear and a pullover or sweater is recommended for cool evenings. Comfortable walking shoes are suggested when ashore.

Always carry your travel documents, medication, jewelry, traveler's checks, keys and other valuables in your hand luggage during flights. Items such as these should
NEVER be packed in luggage that you plan to check.

Bring all personal-care items with you. Many products can be bought, but purchasing them can be inconvenient. We suggest you carry toilet tissues with you on excursions.


CLOTHING
Dress onboard is very casual, however the “usual practice” for men is to wear long pants to meetings, exchanges and nicer restaurants. Ladies may want to bring a dress or pantsuit for the Farewell Dinner, and men may bring a sports jacket and tie for this evening. Shipboard attire is always resort casual. Shoes should be non- skid, flat or low heeled for deck activities. Sport jackets and cocktail dresses are not required at any time during the cruise. We do require that shirts and footwear to be worn at all times in the dining room.

Special Note
: Monasteries and churches do not admit people in shorts or bathing suits, shirtless men, or even women wearing sleeveless blouses. For women rules may even be stricter, a skirt or dress is a must, as you may not be allowed to visit some of the monasteries and religious sites in shorts or pants. These rules are not always followed to the letter. Bathing suits are prohibited from being worn on all archaeological sites.

LAUNDRY
Laundry service is available on board the ship for an additional charge. Information and a pricing list can be found in your Guest Services Directory book in your suite.

VALUABLES
Jewelry, money, documents etc., should be kept in the mini-safe in your cabin. The company and its personnel bear no responsibility for valuables kept by passengers.

HEALTH REQUIREMENTS
For safety reasons it is requested that physical disabilities of any kind be advised at time of reservation. It is understood that passengers requiring special attention or treatment will be traveling with their personal escorts. The company retains the right to refuse embarkation to any pregnant woman beyond the 6th month of pregnancy. The ship has a doctor on staff who is on 24-hour call when at sea. Guests may be charged for medical services and for medications used for their medical treatment. Guests should bring their medications with them. A travel insurance policy that covers medical expenses while traveling internationally is highly recommended.

SPECIAL DIETARY REQUIREMENTS
Vegetarian options are always available on the ship. We will make every attempt to accommodate special dietary needs. If you have any special needs, please provide this in writing on your Passenger Information Form submitted at least 60 days prior to departure. It is the guest’s responsibility to provide as much detail as necessary concerning any medically related dietary concerns. Not all dietary requests can be accommodated, and we appreciate your understanding in this matter.

SMOKING
Smoking is not permitted in staterooms, on decks outside the staterooms, on Deck 4 nor on the terraces of the Owner’s Suites. Smoking is only permitted in the designated outside smoking area on board the ship. We ask everyone to refrain from smok- ing while on excursions.

CURRENCY

The official currency on board the MS Saint Laurent is the US Dollar. During the cruise, we operate on a cashless system, with all purchases billed to your on board account. At the end of the cruise, accounts may be settled in cash (US Dollars) or by Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover Card or US Dollar Traveler’s Checks.

The currency in Cuba is Cuban Pesos. It is possible to convert dollars to Cuban Convertible Pesos if needed. The tour leader will assist in this if needed.

Credit cards are accepted on board (American Express, Visa & MasterCard) cruise including gratuities to the crew. With regard to the use of Credit or Debit cards in Cuba the following applies: Most cards issued by a bank that has any connection with the United States will NOT be accepted in Cuba, although you should check with your card company about use and notify them of travel plans.

Under the
new (Jan 16, 2015) regulations, American travelers to Cuba will be able to use an American credit card. However, it is not clear how long it will take for banks to begin offering the service. There are few ATMs in Cuba, and many establishments do not have the means to process credit card payments, so cash will be king for some time to come. You may also take pounds and euros, which get a better exchange rate in Cuba than the United States dollar.

LANGUAGE
On board, our crews speak English! The primary language in Cuba is Spanish and your tour guide is fluent in both Spanish and English.

ELECTRICITY
The power supply in the cabins is 100 volts AC. Outlets are standard as in the USA.

ELEVATOR
The elevator on board the ship serves Deck 1 to 4; the elevator does not reach the Sun Deck/Observation Lounge.

LIBRARY
The ship has a small library with books, board games and cards in the forward end of the Seascape Tavern.

SALON
The ship operates the Latitude Salon & Spa on board for hair, nail and massage services.

ZODIAC® LANDING CRAFT
M/V Victory carries a fleet of inflatable Zodiac boats, allowing us to explore small inlets, cruise very close to the shoreline to view mammals and birds and make “wet landings” on beaches that would otherwise be inaccessible. These rigid boats are specifically designed for nature study, and are very rugged, as well as safe, and durable. They are easy to board, whether at the ship or ashore, and are operated by highly trained crew.
A Zodiac is an exceptionally buoyant rubber boat with an inflatable hull of multiple air-filled compartments, a feature that allows the Zodiac to float even should a compartment become deflated. A low center of gravity makes Zodiacs very stable. Zodiacs are also agile, allowing them to easily come alongside MS Saint Laurent, and to maneuver over reefs and between narrow passages. All guests will participate in a complete Zodiac familiarization session prior their first use during your cruise. Please review these instructions carefully prior to that training session and throughout your cruise.
1. Our Expedition Leader will provide a full briefing of the use of and behavior on board the Zodiac craft.
2. Zodiac drivers have all had extensive training and experience. Follow their instruction at all times when aboard.
3. “Dry Landing” means you will disembark the Zodiac at a landing platform or rocky surface.
4. “Wet Landing” means you will need to step into the water and wade to shore – wear reef or water shoes.
5. Guests will be advised of the local weather conditions and the kind of landing (dry or wet) in order to dress with the appropriate clothing and footwear.
6. Wear the safety vest provided.
7. Wear sun protection, especially a high-factor sunscreen and dark, polarized sunglasses.
8. Pack your non-waterproof items (camera, binoculars, personal items, etc.) in zip-seal bags, and then place in a waterproof personal backpack.
9. Wear your backpack on your back. All other equipment should be handed to the staff/crew member at the top of the gangway before boarding the boats. This will allow your hands to be free for boarding the Zodiac. You will receive your equipment again once you are in the boat and should place it on the floor in front of you so your hands are free to hold onto the ropes. This procedure will be reversed when exiting.
10. When embarking and disembarking the Zodiac, firmly grasp the wrist of the staff/crew member that is waiting to assist you before stepping aboard/ashore.
11. Remain seated at all times whilst aboard, until otherwise instructed.

SNORKELING
Under the surface of the ocean is a spectacular world worth exploring. Depending on the itinerary of your cruise, there will be a number of opportunities to go snorkeling. Snorkeling requires a certain degree of preparation, our Expedition Team will be on hand to advise you, but should not be attempted by people who cannot swim. Snorkeling gear is available for rent onboard including a safety jacket. Guests who require prescription masks, or who prefer to wear a wet suit are encouraged to bring their own as these are not available on board.

COMPUTERS, WIFI & PHONE
There is WIFI onboard. Note however the speed is limited at times. Direct dial phones with outside lines are available in the suites/ staterooms aboard the MS Saint Laurent, but are not included in your cruise cost. Please be aware that phone calls might be more expensive as the phone service is provided via a satellite. If taking a cell phone, you should check with your carrier regarding coverage. Wireless Internet service is available onboard in all public areas of the ship. As this service is provided via satellite, the connection speeds and signal strength can be inconsistent on board and cannot be guaranteed at all times. Satellite connections can be affected by weather and the ship’s location and may also affect satellite TV programming as well as mobile phone service. We recommend Internet service be limited to email communications and web browsing, and ask that guests refrain from certain online activities such as streaming videos, downloading music, video, Skype, video messengers and remote computer access such as GoToMeeting, Remote Desktop, etc. These programs use high bandwith and will limit Internet access for others on board.
Each guest will receive 2 hours of complimentary Internet access (including connecting time); additional Internet access packages are available for a fee. A small supply of wireless tablets are available at the Purser’s Office for short term use for checking and sending email.

TIME ZONE
Cuba is on Eastern Standard Time. When it is noon in New York and Miami, it is also noon in Havana, Cuba.

GRATUITY/TIPPING GUIDELINES
Gratuities are customary expressions of appreciation for a job well done. It is our goal to ensure that the service you receive is as wonderful as the sites you visit. The amount of the gratuity you choose to give is subject to your satisfaction with your travel experience. To assist you in determining the amount of gratuities, the following guideline is provided:
• Ship’s staff and crew: US $13-15 per guest, per day (given at the end of the cruise)
• Expedition Leader and Staff: $2-3 per guest per day
• Local guide for excursions $3-5 per guest per excursion
• Local driver for excursions $1-3 per guest per excursion
The above is solely a guideline. The amount you give should be based upon your personal experience and level of satisfaction. Gratuities for ship’s staff and crew can be added to your onboard account which can be settled at the end of the cruise by cash or credit card. Gratuities for local guides and drivers should be given in cash at the end of each excursion.

OTHER QUESTIONS
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1. Given the spending restrictions, how much money do you recommend bringing?
We suggest about $100 a day, but of course, everyone is different. If you plan to purchase a lot of art, for example, the amount will be different.

2. I have heard that "licensed U.S. travelers" are allowed to bring back from Cuba $400 of merchandise of which $100 can be tobacco/alcohol. Does this apply to us?
Under the new (Jan 16, 2015) regulations, American travelers to Cuba may now bring back up to $400 worth of souvenirs, including $100 worth of cigars. You should keep your sales receipts for return through USA Customs.

3. Is there a baggage limit?
You may bring aboard the ship a reasonable amount of clothing and personal effects without charge. In general, whatever you would be allowed to carry on flights to Miami with is fine for the ship. While there are no restrictions on the number of bags each guest may bring on board the ship, storage space is limited, and it is suggested that each guest bring only one checked bag. Additionally, all airlines impose restrictions on both size and weight, and many airlines restrict the number of bags per person. You should check with your selected air carrier for limitations prior to departure, as luggage restrictions are subject to change.


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Cruise to Cuba from Miami, Florida, and circumnavigate the island!