To Cuba and Back

Cuba Cruise's Louis Cristal arrives back in Montego Bay, Jamaica. Photo © 2014 Aaron Saunders

Cuba Cruise’s Louis Cristal arrives back in Montego Bay, Jamaica. Photo © 2014 Aaron Saunders

Aaron Saunders, Live Voyage Reports

January 18, 2014

It may be that as the pages of history are turned, brighter futures and better times will come to Cuba.

– Winston Churchill, 1895

Coming alongside in Montego Bay earlier this morning. Photo © 2014 Aaron Saunders

Coming alongside in Montego Bay earlier this morning. Photo © 2014 Aaron Saunders

Sadly, I’m back to where I started last week aboard Cuba Cruise’s Louis Cristal , which means two things: I’m back in Montego Bay, Jamaica; and my circumnavigation of Cuba has come to a close.

Over the course of the past week, I not only got to sail aboard a ship I’d always wanted to visit, but I was also treated – along with the other guests aboard Louis Cristal – to an intimate look at the fascinating Caribbean island that is Cuba. Complex, mysterious and far from clear-cut, Cuba is the ultimate destination for those who tire of the commercialisation that runs rampant over many Caribbean islands.

Land-resort vacations to Cuba are nothing new. Cruising to Cuba, on the other hand, is an extraordinarily rare experience.

If you missed it, here’s a look back at our day-by-day Live Voyage Report aboard Cuba Cruise’s Louis Cristal:

This is also an excellent time to answer some of the questions readers have sent me over the past two weeks:

Which is the better embarkation port – Montego Bay or Havana?

Classic American automobiles are still prevalent throughout Cuba - but their numbers are dwindling. Photo © 2014 Aaron Saunders

Classic American automobiles are still prevalent throughout Cuba – but their numbers are dwindling. Photo © 2014 Aaron Saunders

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Our Live Voyage Report circumnavigating Cuba aboard Cuba Cruise’s Louis Cristal has sadly come to a close, but be sure to stay tuned next week as we kick off our next Live Voyage Report – and announce an interesting adventure coming up in May! Be sure to follow along on twitter by following @deckchairblog or the hashtag #LiveVoyageReport.

 

5 Responses to Cuba Cruise Live Voyage Report – Day 8

  1. KATHY NESBITT says:

    thank you so much for your comprehensive article(and pics). My husband and I and our best friends are booked for the Feb.7-14 voyage out of Montego Bay. After reading your article, I wish we were leaving tomorrow!!! you answered so many of my questions in your article i.e. changing money, safe in cabin, cigar bar, cost of dinner in the Steakhouse to name a few. You have also helped me to decide which tours we might prefer! Again – Many thanks!

  2. Anne-Marie says:

    Thank you for your article.
    I am from Greece, so I know Louis Cristal and in combination with Cuba,my dream’s island, you can imagine that I want desperately to go there, right now!
    Your descriptions are so..live! I hope that I will visit this island by cruising.
    Thank you, one more time!

    • Aaron Saunders says:

      You’re welcome, Anne-Marie! Glad you enjoyed the articles. I hope you get to cruise to Cuba very soon!

  3. James David Taylor says:

    Having just returned from Cuba, my wife and I were thrilled to stumble across your voyage report. We realise we were fellow passengers for part of your journey, having embarked at Havana on 13th January. We fully endorse all your favourable comments. This was a fabulous cruise, with a fine ship of a reasonable size with an outstanding crew. Undoubtedly one of the best holidays we have ever had, and Cuba was a joy to visit.

    • Aaron Saunders says:

      Thanks so much for the great comment, James. I am thrilled to hear you and your wife enjoyed the voyage as much as I did!

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