A new cruise experience is being launched in December 2013 that will offer an in-depth exploration of Cuba for cruisers looking for a new experience. Cuba Cruise will offer an around the island tour on the Louis Cristal with stops at Bahia Nipe, Cayo Guillermo, Santiago de Cuba, Cayo Caguama (a private island), Cienfuegos, Trinidad and Isla de la Juventud. In addition, it will feature six UNESCO World Heritage Sites and four national parks. The Cristal has 480 staterooms, three retaurants, bars, lounges, a casino, swimming pool, fitness centre and spa.
Prices will be for cruise only from Havana, starting at CAD $586. Flight-inclusive packages from Canadian gateways are being offered by Canadian tour operators, Transat Holidays, Hola Sun Holidays, Exclusive Tours and Tours Mont-Royal, including pre- and post-cruise land stays. Packages will also be available from Thomas Cook in Germany, and shortly, the Holiday Place in the U.K.