Luxury Cruise Line Makes Inaugural Visit to Cuba
March 31, 2017 by Ben Souza
Luxury cruise line Azamara Club Cruises made their inaugural visit to
Cuba this week when Azamara Quest arrived in Havana, Cuba.
The ship sailed down the Bahía de la Habana alongside Havana’s famous El
Malecón providing guests magnificent views of the local shoreline before
turning alongside Cuba’s Castillo de los Tres Reyes del Morro through
the Canal de Entrada to dock.
Azamara Club Cruises President & CEO, Larry Pimentel, Royal Caribbean
Cruises LTD. President & COO Adam Goldstein, and Royal Caribbean Cruises
LTD. Vice President of Business Development, Global Government and
Community Relations, Jorge Delgado joined Captain Angel Albertini, Chief
of Havana Cruise Terminal and a contingent of Cuban Dignitaries to toast
the arrival of Azamara Quest, and this important moment in the brand’s
history, during a Keys & Plaques ceremony.
Azamara created a variety of unique people-to-people land programs, by
night and by day, to enable guests a fully immersed experience in the
destination and have the opportunity to connect with the great culture
and people of Cuba. Azamara is able to do this because of our overnight
stay in Havana. All tour programs offered by Azamara are designed to
meet United States’ requirements for travel to Cuba.
Tropicana Cabaret Extravaganza: The most spectacular of the open-air
cabarets showcase Caribbean rhythms and sultry dancers. An English
speaking guide shares history of the famous show while on the ride to
the Tropicana. Once there guests sip on rum cocktails surrounded by lush
tropical gardens and enjoy the folklore and music of Cuba.
Nelson Dominguez Art Gallery Tour: Located next to the pier, guests can
join Larry Pimentel for a private gallery tour of renowned artist Nelson
Dominguez followed by the chance to browse and shop artwork to take home
as a souvenir.
Evening Stroll and El Cañonazo Ceremony: A guided walk through the
cobblestone streets of Old Havana at night allows travelers to
appreciate the city’s rustic charm and rich history. A brief bus ride
transports the group to the nearby Morro Castle with a ceremonial firing
of the cannon at 9 pm.
Best of Havana – a full-day, all-encompassing trip through Havana
exploring the city’s beautiful sprawling cemetery, notable squares,
artsy neighborhoods, literary connections and authentic cuisine.
Havana By Classic American Car – Guests can venture back to 1950’s Cuba
in a vintage American automobile for a panoramic ride to a historic
luxury hotel and along the quintessential Malecón waterfront.
Hemingway’s Havana – Guests get to explore the literary connections
between Cuba and the late American novelist Ernest Hemingway on a
dynamic four-hour tour that offers the chance to see where he lived,
dined and sipped his favorite cocktails.
Azamara Club Cruises is a boutique up-market cruise line operating two
690 guest ships, the Azamara Journey and the Azamara Quest. Azamara’s
wide selection of Destination Immersion® signature programming offers
guests the opportunity to Stay Longer and Experience More, delivering
guests authentic cultural experiences across the globe. The ship’s
smaller size allows for visits to ports larger ships are unable to
In 2017, Azamara will take guests to more than 200 ports, in 68
countries, including 195 late night stays and 82 overnights. Azamara’s
commitment to Destination Immersion coupled with exceptional onboard
service offers a unique cruise vacation.
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