Voyages to Antiquity gets Cuba OK for eight- to 16-day cruises

Voyages to Antiquity has received full approval to operate Cuba cruises in winter 2017/18 that feature overnight stays in Havana, plus full-day calls at Cienfuegos, Casilda and Santiago de Cuba.

The cruises will start in December.

From eight to 16 days, the voyages will provide ample opportunity to discover Cuba’s culture, history and natural beauty. Longer cruises combine Cuba with Mayan Mexico and other Caribbean islands including Jamaica. The varied sailings start or end in Barbados, Havana, Montego Bay and Antigua.

The new program is being marketed under the name VTA Cuba and has already seen strong sales within the US market after plans were announced earlier.

These new voyages start at $2,845 per person and include a comprehensive people-to-people land program in Cuba, plus all transfers, on-board gratuities and free or low-cost flights.

‘We have been working very hard with our partners in Cuba, Havanatur, and the Educational Travel Alliance in the US on developing a rich and differentiated program for our cruises and we are delighted that our award-winning, small-ship cruise line has been granted approval to offer our style of cruising to the Island,’ said Jos Dewing, managing director of Voyages to Antiquity.

Michael Eizenberg, president of the Educational Travel Alliance, said his company was delighted to assist in developing what he believes is most comprehensive cruise program to Cuba.

‘The size of the ship gives us greater flexibility in arranging interesting and different sightseeing and opportunities for the passengers to meet with the Cuban people, and the initial reaction to this new program of cruises has been overwhelmingly positive,’ Eizenberg said.

The company has also launched a product website to give more insight into the voyages at www.vtacuba.com and is poised to release a 52-page brochure providing full details and pricing. Details and fares are available now on the company’s main website at www.voyagestoantiquity.com.

Anne Kalosh, Seatrade Cruise News

May 23, 2017

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