Silversea has unveiled a collection of 34 shore excursions, designed for its new 16-voyage Cuba collection for 2019 and 2020. The onshore experiences in Havana, Santiago de Cuba and Cienfuegos will provide immersion into the local way of life, showcasing the most important attractions in and around each city.
From visits to World Heritage-listed sites and inspired musical performances to visits to local art galleries and nature discoveries, Cuba will be showcased on excursions such as:
- Havana by Classic American Car: Whether riding in a colorful Pontiac, Chevy or Cadillac, guests on this excursion will experience Havana in authentic 1950s style from the comfort of a vintage American car. Under the knowledgeable guidance of a private driver and guide, guests will journey through the city and along the waterfront. The excursion will also feature a cocktail at the historic Hotel Nacional de Cuba and a panoramic drive, which will showcase the Plaza de la Revolucion, El Malecon, landmarks, churches, city parks, Miramar, the Nelson Dominguez Gallery, and other iconic attractions.
- Hemingway’s Havana: Ernest Hemingway’s well-documented love of Cuba is explored on this panoramic sightseeing excursion to his favorite local haunts. During this enriching adventure, guests visit Hemingway’s former home, Finca Vigia, in the town of San Francisco de Paula; the Hemingway Monument in Cojimar, the fishing village that inspired the novel “The Old Man and the Sea”; and several of Hemingway’s hangouts, located in Old Havana.
- In Santiago de Cuba, the Birthplace of the Revolution itinerary is an informative journey to the famous sites of the Cuban Revolution and the Spanish-American War. Among the tour’s highlights are visits to the historic district, with its colorful colonial buildings and bustling Cespedes Park; the Moncada Barracks; Santa Ifigenia Cemetery; Plaza de la Revolucion; and San Juan Hill, where Teddy Roosevelt’s Rough Riders rode to victory during the Spanish-American War in 1898.
- Natural Beauty of El Nicho: The natural beauty surrounding Cienfuegos is the focus of this hiking and sightseeing adventure to El Nicho. A guided hiking trek along the forested trails of El Nicho, one of Cuba’s most pristine locales, showcases cascading waterfalls, virgin forests and towering mountains. Guests will visit the village of Crucecitas and San Juan Peak for panoramic vistas that overlook central and western Cuba from approximately 3,800 ft. above sea level. There’s also a stop for lunch, a visit to the Jobero Verde Community Project, and free time to explore the historical center of Cienfuegos.
Silver Wind will inaugurate Silversea’s new Cuban collection when she sets sail on a 7-day voyage on Feb. 14, 2019, from San Juan to Fort Lauderdale, calling at Havana, Santiago de Cuba, and the Bahamian island of Bimini. Four further voyages in 2019, including a 14-night sailing aboard Silver Whisper, will precede 11 voyages in 2020.
For more information, visit silversea.com/cuba-cruises.html.