Devoted to bringing its guests to ‘bucket list’ destinations, Azamara is building Havana into an existing 2017 itinerary. In time, the line looks to also add additional ports of call in Cuba into several of its itineraries.
MIAMI – American travelers have long imagined what it would be like to salsa, mambo and rumba the night away in Havana's many clubs or sit down for an authentic Ropa Vieja (shredded beef) and Moros y Cristianos (rice and beans). The tide has turned as Azamara Club Cruises, the boutique cruise line owned by Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. and known for its premier destination-immersive voyages allowing guests to stay longer and experience more, introduces a voyage visiting Havana, Cuba. The Azamara Quest will do a Miami, Florida roundtrip departing on March 21, 2017 for a 13-night Azaleas, Bourbon Street and Havana voyage in the Caribbean making Azamara one of the first American luxury cruise lines to visit Havana. The voyage will include visits to Key West, Florida, Tampa, Florida, New Orleans, Louisiana (2 overnights), Cozumel, Mexico and an overnight stay in Havana, Cuba.
Devoted to bringing its guests to 'bucket list' destinations, Azamara is building Havana into an existing 2017 itinerary. In time, the line looks to also add additional ports of call in Cuba into several of its itineraries.
"Destination Immersion is the heartbeat of our brand as expressed by our overnight stay in Havana, Cuba. Our guests rely on our programs to provide authentic, interactive experiences that dive deep into the cultures of the destinations we visit," says Larry Pimentel, President and CEO of Azamara Club Cruises. "We've spent years defining and refining each voyage to enable our guests to explore their favorite ports in new ways and discover hidden gems in places they've never been before. Cuba has been a destination on our radar for years and being one of the first cruise lines to bring American guests to this amazing country, is an important offering that will resonate in a real way with our loyal guests."
Culture Rich and Cafecito-fueled Experiences in Havana
Azamara has developed a variety of unique land programs to bring our guests true Destination Immersion. By spending a longer amount of time in port, including staying overnight, guests will enjoy a deeper travel experience.
As part of the line's Land Discovery offerings, guests will have a selection of experiences to choose from while in Havana that will bring to life meaningful and engaging interactions with local Cuban residents. Land Discovery tour highlights in Havana will include:
Hemingway's Havana: Explore the literary connections between Cuba and the late American novelist Ernest Hemingway on a dynamic four-hour tour that offers the chance to see where he lived, fished, dined and sipped his favorite cocktails.
Old Havana City Sightseeing: Havana's city-center is jam-packed with timeworn fortresses, government buildings, historic squares, notable cemeteries and an artisan market. Sights include visits to Morro Castle, La Cabana, El Capitolio and more.
Best of Havana 8-hour Tour: Come along for a full-day, all-encompassing trip through bustling Havana, as you spend eight hours exploring the city's sprawling cemetery, notable square, artsy neighborhood, artisan market, literary connections and enjoy an authentic Cuban meal.
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