Some great news from Calgary-based Cuba Cruise: the company, which charters Louis Cruises gorgeous little Louis Cristal, has officially confirmed they will return to Cuba again during the winter of 2014-2015 following their successful inaugural season.

Cuba Cruise's Louis Cristal in Cienfuegos, Cuba on Saturday, January 11, 2013.  Photo © 2013 Aaron Saunders

Cuba Cruise’s Louis Cristal in Cienfuegos, Cuba on Saturday, January 11, 2013. Photo © 2013 Aaron Saunders

“The feedback [we have received] is overwhelmingly positive and we look forward to providing future cruisers with the same great itinerary, impeccable service, delicious food and first rate entertainment program next winter,” says Dugald Wells, Cuba Cruise President. “Cuba has welcomed us with open arms and we’re not saying goodbye anytime soon.”

Click here to read our full Live Voyage Report from onboard Cuba Cruise’s Louis Cristal!

For the 2014-2015 winter season, guests can look forward to a longer stay on the white sandy beaches of Punta Frances, located on Cuba’s picturesque Isle of Youth. The ultimate private island experience, Punta Frances is the kind of place you can linger for hours – as I discovered this past January. Bar staff keep guests nicely hydrated, while locals offer up fresh coconuts to drink as they are, or liberally spiked with Havana Club rum. Cuba Cruise also offers a snorkeling excursion on Punta Frances that’s likely to be extremely popular now that guests will have more time on the island to see and do it all.

Our Cuban ports of call have been superb - even our day at the beach in gorgeous Punta Frances, Cuba.  Photo © 2014 Aaron Saunders

During the winter 2014-2015 season, Cuba Cruise will spend more time in Cuba’s gorgeous Punta Frances on the Isle of Youth. Photo © 2014 Aaron Saunders

The itinerary for next winter will remain largely the same as this year, with a choice of embarkation ports in Montego Bay, Jamaica or Havana, Cuba. These will be complemented with port calls in Cienfuegos, Punta Frances, Holguin (Antilla), and Santiago de Cuba.

To celebrate their return to Cuba this coming winter, Cuba Cruise is offering 20% off regular rates for bookings made for the new 2014-2015 season by July 31, 2014. Cuba Cruise’s second season begins December 22, 2014 and sails every Monday from Havana and Friday from Montego Bay through to March 30, 2015. Rates for the coming season start at $633 CAD per person.

Cuba! Photo © 2014 Aaron Saunders

Havana, Cuba. Photo © 2014 Aaron Saunders

My very own Cuba Cruise in January was one of the most surprising, interesting and inspiring voyages I’ve ever taken. I discovered that, despite reading numerous books on the country, I had a complete misconception about what modern Cuba was. With its colonial architecture distinctive culture, a visit to Cuba feels more like a trip to an exotic island in the Mediterranean rather than one located just a few hundred kilometres off Key West, Florida.

It’s also one of the few weeklong cruises where I feel you could book a back-to-back voyage and still get more out of the cruise. The shore excursions that Cuba Cruise offers ashore are a world apart from the typical “Duty-Free Shopping” and “Champagne Catamaran” excursions offered throughout the rest of the Caribbean.

Santiago de Cuba's Castillo del Morro is one of the sites visited on Cuba Cruise's extensive shore excursions. Photo © 2014 Aaron Saunders

Santiago de Cuba’s Castillo del Morro is one of the sites visited on Cuba Cruise’s extensive shore excursions. Photo © 2014 Aaron Saunders

Instead, Cuba Cruise has put together a wide array of on-shore adventures in each port, many of which span an entire day and include lunch and a cocktail in the price of the tour. Transportation is provided aboard brand-new, Asian-manufactured motorcoaches and tour guides are of an unusually high quality.

Cuba is clearly happy to have Cuba Cruise back for another year, too. Numerous improvements have already been made to several ports, including the main Cruise Terminal in Havana, which sparkles after a recent renovation.

The Rendezvous Lounge aboard the Louis Cristal is one of the ship's social gathering points. Photo © 2014 Aaron Saunders

The Rendezvous Lounge aboard the Louis Cristal is one of the ship’s social gathering points. Photo © 2014 Aaron Saunders

The partnership with Louis Cruises has proven to be a successful one. The intimate little Louis Cristal is perfectly suited to Caribbean cruising and has been extremely well-maintained.

I always like to try new ships and itineraries, but Cuba Cruise’s Louis Cristal is one voyage I’m already planning to take again next year. It’s the kind of cruise that just begs to be repeated.

1954 or 2014? Classic cars are everywhere in Cuba - even this lonely stretch of highway between Cienfuegos and the Botanical Gardens. Photo © 2014 Aaron Saunders

1954 or 2014? Classic cars are everywhere in Cuba – even this lonely stretch of highway between Cienfuegos and the Botanical Gardens. Photo © 2014 Aaron Saunders

More information on Cuba Cruise can be found by paying a visit to their website, or following them on twitter @YourCubaCruise

 

4 Responses to Cuba Cruise to return for another season

  1. Kalle Id says:

    Excellent news! This certainly goes to first on my list when planning next winter’s vacation.

  2. Ethel Turner says:

    I am looking for a cruise around Cuba in May 2015, can you help me?
    Regards,
    Ethel

  3. Shirnett says:

    My Cuba Cruise was just so exciting! I did the trip in March 2014 and though I have the world to travel, I would definitely do Cuba with Louis Cristal once again.

    • Aaron Saunders says:

      Glad you enjoyed it! I feel the same way – Cuba definitely left me wanting more. Thanks for the great comment!

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