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Join us on this historic Valentine cruise
to
Cuba!

February 14 - 21, 2018

 

After more than 30 years, travelers can once again visit Cuba, a country celebrated for its distinctive musical, dance, literary and art traditions. Whether you’re drawn to the graceful lines and embellishments of Spanish colonial buildings, lively urban murals in bright, bold, saturated colors, or the deep, dense foliage of the Cuban countryside, you’ll find much to explore on this cruise to Cuba.

Imagine touring Havana’s most famous dance academies, watching masters perform, then perfecting your own salsa technique in a class at El Salon Fiesta. Settling in for an evening of live jazz and traditional Cuban dining in a paladar, one of Havana’s home-based, family-run restaurants. Exploring La Terrazas, a UNESCO Biosphere, where Cuban doctors rely on indigenous flora and fauna to concoct alternative medicines. Or retracing the steps of Ernest Hemingway, including his favorite cafes, water holes and the setting that inspired The Old Man and the Sea.

When you return to your ship at the end of each memorable day, relax in elegant comfort as you continue your Cuban immersion. Whether you’re sipping a refreshing mojito on your suite’s private verandah, savoring gorgeous Cienfuegos Bay from the Panorama deck or posing for selfies with your friends, this is a delightful way to experience CUBA!

This 7-day cruise on Holland America’s Veendam, includes two ports of call in CUBA (including an overnight in Havana!).  Sailing roundtrip from Ft. Lauderdale, ports include: Havana and Cienfuegos in Cuba and Grand Cayman Island.
 

Day

Port

Arrive

Depart

Wednesday - February 14, 2018

Fort Lauderdale, Florida

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 5:00 p.m.

Thursday - February 15, 2018

At Sea

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Friday - February 16, 2018

Havana (La Habana), Cuba

8:00 a. m. -----

Saturday - February 17, 2018

Havana (La Habana), Cuba

 ----- 2:00 a.m.

Sunday - February 18, 2018

Cienfuegos, Cuba

 7:00 a.m. 4:00 p.m.

Monday - February 19, 2018

Georgetown, Cayman Islands

 8:00 a.m. 5:00 p.m.
Tuesday - February 20, 2018

At Sea

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Wednesday - February 21, 2018

Fort Lauderdale, Florida

7:00 a.m.  

 

Ship Facts

   
Ship's Registry: The Netherlands
    Guest capacity: 1,350
    Gross Tonnage: 57,092 grt.
    Length: 719 feet
    Beam: 101 feet
    Maximum speed: 22 knot

                                                              

 

 Ms Veendam

 

 

Grandly proportioned and recently enhanced, ms Veendam offers an onboard experience defined by spacious comfort and the latest amenities. Guests aboard Veendam enjoy a multi- million dollar art and antique collection, wide teak decks, elegant dining rooms and spacious staterooms.
 


Your Cuban adventure begins in Fort Lauderdale, Florida where you board your luxury ocean liner and begin your journey towards CUBA!

After a relaxing day at sea being pampered by the staff on your new floating home, you arrive at Havana (La Habana), Cuba where you will have plenty of time to explore while our ships spends an overnight in port.

While most Americans have never been there due to the U.S. government’s embargo of Cuba which started in 1962, the very word Havana still evokes a set of specific images—candy-colored vintage cars puttering along picturesque streets; smiling musicians playing familiar tropical tunes whose rhythms are so infectious that nearly everyone is seduced into dancing; cigar-smoking and rum-sipping locals against a palm-fringed background. There’s a reason these have become the stereotypical visual symbols of Cuba’s capital city, but dive beneath the surface and you’ll find so much more: world-class sports matches, centuries-old historic sites and even a Chinatown in midst of a cultural revival. And while Havana may not be a global culinary capital (for the moment, at least), you can find plenty of delicious dishes served in friendly casual restaurants run out of private homes or in more-upscale spots with city and water views. As for shopping, you’ll definitely be able to purchase unique souvenirs to take home, from photo books about Cuban culture sold at the island’s only English-language bookstore to a hand-blended perfume or cologne packaged in a bottle that looks like a throwback to another era.

 

Our next stop is Cienfuegos, Cuba!  
The city of Cienfuegos is also the capital of the province of the same name. A port city on Cuba’s southern coast, Cienfuegos has played an important role in Cuba’s history since it was founded in 1819, when the island was still Spanish territory, and today it remains one of the country’s important commercial centers—a transit point for coffee, sugarcane and tobacco. It has both welcomed and resisted incursions from various people and interests over the past two centuries. Both as the heart of Cuba’s sugar industry and as the birthplace of famous Cubans past and present, such as singer Benny Moré and baseball stars José Abreu and Yasiel Puig, the city looms large in Cuban consciousness, but it isn’t always on visitors’ itineraries, which is a shame. Cienfuegos boasts numerous attractions that give a fuller, more complex view of Cuban life, culture and history. This fact was recognized by UNESCO in 2005, when the organization inscribed the old center of Cienfuegos, with its many stately neoclassical buildings and “harmonious overall townscape” (to borrow UNESCO’s description), onto its World Heritage List.

 

Our final port stop is Georgetown, Cayman Islands! 
The western end of Grand Cayman Island contains one of the most delightful cities in the Caribbean. Underwater. In the shallow waters West Bay, you can swim into Stingray City, where the rays will let you touch, feed, and hold them. About a mile west, on the other side of the island, lies Seven Mile Beach, an emblematic stretch of Caribbean idyll. And just south is Georgetown, the country's capital. The town is a crayon box of shops (look for a piece of colorful Caymanite or black coral), restaurants, and history, including the Cayman Islands National Museum and the Maritime Treasure Museum. The harbor offers endless water activities for cruise guests, including snorkeling, scuba diving, and glass-bottom boat tours.

The Cayman Islands have everything you would want from a Caribbean destination—warm breezes, clear seas and a laid-back attitude—but the archipelago also has something you might not expect: an exciting culinary scene. Between the celebrity chefs who’ve set up shop on Grand Cayman and the 135 or so resident nationalities that have helped season the island’s giant melting pot, this is, hands down, one of the best places to eat in the Caribbean. In and around George Town you’ll find such an amazing array of culinary offerings, you’ll fear for the future of any buttons, snaps or hooks on your waistband.

And that’s where the island’s other chief pleasures come in: There’s enough walking (whether along the fabled Seven Mile Beach, around historic sites or through lush gardens) as well as the stunning swimming, snorkeling and diving to be done to counter the effects of . . . So. Much. Good. Food. Or at least you can begin to. Oh, and one warning: Should you wind up at Rum Point—Grand Cayman’s castaway beach imago—there’s a good chance your ship is, by your own design, sailing without you.
 

Today you will enjoy another relaxing day AT SEA as we head back to Fort Lauderdale.  This will be your last chance to enjoy your floating paradise—the Ms Veendam! Choose from an array of onboard activities that allow you to pursue new interests or relax and rejuvenate. Learn how to edit, display and share your vacation videos and photographs through the Digital Workshop powered by Windows®. And explore the wonders of our world through exclusive BBC Earth natural history content through onboard activities, concerts and films. Enjoy onboard cooking shows and hands-on workshops in partnership with America’s Test Kitchen. The Greenhouse Spa & Salon offers spa treatments, a thermal pool and lounge and a variety of salon services. The fully equipped Fitness Center includes state-of-the-art cardio and weight machines, as well as classes in Yoga, Pilates, indoor cycling and more. On deck, enjoy The Retreat, a private resort-style pool experience offering sophisticated poolside amenities and service.

 

Sadly your wonderful adventure must come to an end as we arrive back in Fort Lauderdale on Wednesday and prepare to head home.  However, we will always carry with us fond memories of this very special time.

***Note:  All U. S. and Canadian citizens must carry a passport that is valid for six months beyond the duration of the cruise.
Please make sure that your passport is valid through August 22, 2018! ***

 

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