Hurricane Irma made her presence felt on the island of Cuba recently, but we’re proud to report that Cubans are getting back to business and the country is once again welcoming travelers back to its shores. All the destinations Aegean Odyssey will visit on the island this winter are fully operational.
Havana, Santiago de Cuba, Trinidad and Cienfuegos were, according to the founder and president of Cuba Educational Travel, “almost untouched”, which is great news for locals with businesses to run and tourists that are looking forward to visiting the vibrant island. In short, Cuba is open for business and the locals can’t wait for you to arrive.
There was widespread media coverage of hurricane Irma and her impact on the island, especially Havana, but we can tell you that the city was largely spared from the wrath of Irma and Old Havana’s attractions, including Ernest Hemingway’s home, art museums, plazas and parks, are all open. Public transport services are running, the airport is in business and the iconic 1950s cars are back on the roads. Cuban’s don’t give up and although Irma temporarily halted tourism and general life on the island, the clean-up process has been swiftly tackled.
We are looking forward to beginning our first Cuba and Caribbean season this winter and Aegean Odyssey will begin her visits to the island from December of this year, on a 17-day sailing that departs from Bridgetown in Barbados and offers guests the chance to spend Christmas in more tropical climates.
Our Cuba Experience I & II and Cuba and Jamaica sailings are the most in-depth when it comes to exploring the history of Cuba and its people, but we also offer a selection of other sailings that include stops on islands such as Antigua, St Lucia, St Kitts and Barbados. We also have one sailing which offers a look at the history of Mexico and its Maya culture.
Cuba Highlights with VTA Cuba
Our Cuba voyages are designed to be fun and educational and we offer a comprehensive people-to-people program. In fact, ours is one of the most in-depth you will find. We offer a wide range of options ashore in each destination and this includes guided walking tours in Havana’s Old Town; a visit to the Sugar Mill Valley in Trinidad (from Casilda), including the Manaca Iznaga Sugar Cane Plantation; architectural walking tour of Cienfuegos; and a city tour in Santiago de Cuba that includes Santa Ifigenia Cemetery, Moncada Museum and the historic center.
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