Newly launched cruise gets the goods on Cuba

Newly launched Cuba Cruise is breaking new cruise ground with its circumnavigation of Cuba, making many of the island’s hard to reach ports accessible to travellers. Each cruise includes the opportunity to visit world famous beaches, six UNESCO World Heritage Sites and four National Parks & Preserves, as well as in-depth exploration of Cuba’s dynamic culture. Prices start at $586, double occupancy, for a seven-night cruise. The upcoming season will run from Dec. 16 to March 31, 2014 with a total of 15 departures. “It is exciting to offer something truly unique to the travel market, and Cuba Cruise is certainly the only offering of its kind,”said Cuba Cruise president Dugald Wells. “We provide the best of both worlds to our guests – a top-notch all-inclusive cruise experience and the type of in-the-know exploration of Cuba’s remarkable sights, sounds, flavours and history that is usually reserved for locals only.”Cuba Cruise’s 480-stateroom ship Louis Cristal will circumnavigate Cuba with cruises departing from Havana. Also available are sailings departing from Montego Bay, Jamaica. The seven-night cruise calls at ports. All dining aboard Cuba Cruise features imported Canadian produce, beef and other food products (most notable in the a la carte Alberta Steakhouse, and specialty Cuban dishes. Cruises feature an entertainment program of Cuban music and dance by local Cuban performers, along with very North American content including satellite broadcasts of hockey and football games in the Canada Sports Bar. The Louis Cristal has a unique yacht-like modern design and a cruising speed of 18 knots. It features an array of amenities, including spacious staterooms and suites (some with balconies, and each one equipped with shower, WC, wash basin, telephone, hairdryer and TV), lounges and restaurants, casino and open promenades. The ship also features modern communication facilities, including an Internet corner, WiFi and roaming GSM mobile phone service. Cruises are fully commissionable to travel agents at 12% with land excursions and beverage packages commissionable at 8%. (