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Published on : Wednesday, December 14, 2016
The boutique cruise line owned by Royal Caribbean, Azamara Club Cruises to start new services to 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 their brand as expressed by their overnight stay in Havana, Cuba. The guests rely on their programs to provide authentic, interactive experiences that dive deep into the cultures of the destinations they visit, says Larry Pimentel, President and CEO of Azamara Club Cruises. They have spent years defining and refining each voyage to enable the 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 their 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 their loyal guests.
Azamara has developed a variety of unique land programs to bring the 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.