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Cultures of Cuba Cruise

People to People Educational Experience

9 DAYS • 21 MEALS
People to People travel encourages our personal relationship with the peo- ple of this island nation. You will interact on a daily basis with its citizens, and learn of the cre- ativity and effort it has taken the Cuban people to achieve a positive lifestyle amid the changes that have affected them these past six decades. All this in the comfortable environment of our ship, the Adonia.

Please note that the People To People interactions listed here are subject to change at any time


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The Mayflower Tours Way
  • 21 Meals (7 dinners, 6 lunches and 8 breakfasts)
  • 7 nights cruising on the Adonia
  • Roundtrip transfers between Miami Airport and hotel when air is provided by Mayflower Tours
  • Many People-to-People interactions, onboard and ashore, which will immerse us in the culture and history of Cuba and its people
  • Authentic, home-cooked lunches at local Paladars in Cuba (family-owned, in-home restaurants), where you meet the family
  • Multiple lectures and interactive discussions on the people and history of Cuba
  • Meet with local farmers who grow organic plants and herbs and learn their traditional ways
  • Enjoy a performance by the Cienfuegos Choir
  • Spend time with locals in Cojimar to learn about Ernest Hemingway’s association with the town and his fishing exploits
Day One — Home to Miami Travel from your home town to Miami, Florida where we meet our fellow People-to-People participants at the hotel. Day Two — Miami/Embarkation Enjoy a panoramic city tour of Miami before embarking the Adonia at the Port of Miami. We begin our iconic journey by sailing overnight to Havana, the cultural capital of Cuba. This evening enjoy a Welcome Reception onboard followed by an informative talk with details of the journey that awaits us. Breakfast and dinner Day Three — Havana This morning, we dock in Havana. After breakfast, disembark the ship and begin the cultural exploration of this beautiful city. During the guided walking tour, pass through the four main squares of ‘Havana Viejo’ (Old Havana): Plaza Vieja, San Francisco de Assisi, Plaza de Armas and Cathedral Square. Meet business owners and workers and see firsthand why current restoration efforts in this UNESCO World Heritage Site are crucial to the city’s cultural pride and economic future. See Havana’s Capitol which looks amazingly similar to ours in Washington D.C. Visit the San José Artisans’ Market, the city’s largest craft market, where you have a chance to mix with the locals as you admire their handiwork. A visit to the Havana Club Museum of Rum is also included where you learn about the rum-making process and enjoy a tasting of the final product! An authentic Cuban lunch at a Paladar will be included during the excursion. You’ll meet the family and learn about their journey to self-employment. All meals included Day Four — Havana Disembark the ship for a full day’s guided exploration. See the Plaza de la Revolución, a symbol of Cuba’s history and site where Fidel Castro has addressed his people on many occasions. On the visit to Colón Cemetery, view the magnificently sculpted tombstones, mausoleums and chapels adorning the graves of Cubans from all walks of life. Lunch is included at a Paladar and a local project featuring Cuban art / artists will be visited. During a tour of an organic farm, meet the farmers and learn how they grow a variety of plants, medicinal herbs and seedlings, all of which impact the community’s employment and health. Discovery continues with a visit to the town of Cojimar where Hemingway used to spend his days. Interact with staff at Las Terrazas Bar and hear stories of Hemingway’s fishing expeditions. See the marina where he kept his boat and Finca Vigia, his previous home. All meals included Day Five — At Sea Spend the day at sea. Join in cultural presentations, panel discussions and interactive workshops onboard to learn more about the Cuban people and lifestyle. All meals included Day Six — Cienfuegos During this morning’s walking tour you’ll see why the city’s historic center, with its remarkable collection of French-influenced Neo-classical buildings, is designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. No wonder the Cubans call this shining port city La Perla del Sur (the Pearl of the South). A highlight of the visit will be a performance by the Cienfuegos Choir. Afterwards, chat with the musicians in an open discussion to learn about their training and how they became members of the ensemble. Return to the ship for an afternoon sailing. All meals included Day Seven — Santiago de Cuba The second largest city of Cuba, it remains as an important seaport to the island. During the excursion, see San Juan Hill, the Moncada Barracks, the Bacardi Museum, Santa Ifigenia Cemetery, Antonio Maceo Revolution Square and the bustling city center. A visit to the local citadel of San Pedro de la Roca, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, exposes us to the most complete and best-preserved example of Spanish American military architecture. Learn the story and importance of Cuba’s most revered Catholic shrine from our guide as we visit the Basilica de Nuestra Señora de la Caridad del Cobre before returning to the ship. All meals included Day Eight — At Sea The last day onboard is spent at sea, as we complete our 360° circumnavigation of the island and return to Miami across the Florida Straits. Attend a cultural awareness session or watch a film about Cuba’s Golden Age. This evening, enjoy the farewell dinner onboard. All meals included Day Nine — Disembarkation in Miami Following breakfast, we disembark at the Port of Miami with wonderful memories of Cuba and its people as we continue on our journey home. Flight should depart Miami after 1:00p.m. All meals included
Day One Hilton Garden Inn Airport West, Miami, Florida Days Two through Nine Aboard the Adonia
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Ship Information
Adonia

The 704-passenger Adonia is home for the 7-night cruise around the island of Cuba. Cuban movies, music and cuisine will help immerse us in the local culture as we prepare for the ports of call we are about to visit. The ships amenities include restaurants, lounges, bars, pools, a spa and state-of-the-art-gym.

Onboard, our meals are included. Enjoy the culinary experience as the Chef’s prepare Cuban-inspired cuisine.

Off the ship, all of the included shore excursions are custom-tailored and led by local experts.

Departure Date Per Person Twin Single Room

Please add $208 per person for port taxes and government fees, plus $75 per person for Cuban visa fee (subject to change).

Call for air rates and schedules between your city and Miami, Florida. Flight should depart Miami after 1:00p.m.

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LEVEL 4: A more physical touring experience based on the destination with longer walking tours, stair climbing and periods of standing. Expect some of the experiences to occur during the evening.
This program is operated under license #CT-2014-309181-1 granted by OFAC (Office of Foreign Assets Control) authorizing People to People travel to Cuba.