2019 CUBA CRUISE!
Aboard Royal Caribbean's Empress of the Seas
Dates: May 11-16, 2019
DAY 1 - MAY 11 - DEPARTURE DAY
MIAMI, FLORIDA DEPARTS: 4:00 PM
Jump-start your morning in true Miami style with a Cuban cafecito from a ventanita (a streetside shop window). Then climb the historic lighthouse at Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park on quiet Key Biscayne before lounging on its secluded sands below. Explore Wynwood’s vibrant art scene. Or step inside the Renaissance-style Vizcaya estate for a look into Miami’s dazzling past.
South Beach is a bright hot spot no matter what time of day. Soak up the sun along the shore and admire the Art Deco gems along lively Ocean Drive. Stroll busy Collins Avenue, sip mojitos in beach bars, dance in ultra-hip nightclubs, and enjoy the best people watching in the city.
Miami is an international culinary powerhouse. Michelin-starred chefs fill many kitchens and Latin American flavors highlight many menus. You can’t miss the city’s signature Cuban food: Enjoy pastelitos (pastries) for breakfast, lunch on a famous frita (spicy burger), then savor ropa vieja (beef stew) for dinner. If seafood is your thing, crack into succulent stone crab claws, a true South Florida delicacy.
DAY 2 - MAY 12 - AT SEA
TURN UP THE TEMPO
First, we’ll kick off a Latin fiesta with a quick crash course on basic dance moves. Then, go head-to-head — or cheek to cheek — with your fellow steppers to the sounds of a live Latin band.
ROCK CLIMBING WALL
A BOLDER BOULDER
Rise to the occasion and take on the signature Rock Climbing Wall. From beginners to speed climbers, everyone can enjoy an unparalleled view from 40 feet above deck. Included in your fare, no reservation required.
DAY 3 - MAY 13 - TENDERED
ARRIVES: 9:00 AM; DEPARTS: 5:30 PM
ADVENTURE ON FIRE
This Cuban gem is nicknamed the “Pearl of the South” for its picturesque bay— but the real sparkle of Cienfuegos is the assortment of adventures. Go kayaking or snorkeling around coral reefs. Explore the UNESCO-listed historic center by vintage tank. Take a ferry to 18th-century Castillo de Jagua. Meet pink flamingos in Guanaroca Lagoon. Or see the world’s tallest stalagmite in Martín Infierno Cave.
Venture to the Punta Gorda neighborhood for an up-close glimpse of Palacio de Valle. Admire its brilliant mix of architecture— Gothic, Romanesque, baroque and Mudéjar— and ornately carved décor. Built in 1917 by wealthy merchant Acisclo del Valle Blanco, this National Heritage Memorial offers sweeping views of the surrounding bay.
A walk through Parque José Martí reveals timeless Cuban treasures. Explore the city’s history at Museo Provincial and marvel at the stained-glass windows of Catedral de la Purisima Concepcion. See Casa del Fundador, the city’s oldest building— or peruse shops along El Bulevar.
GO WITH THE FLOW OF NATURE
Get lost in Cuba’s natural scenery with an eco-tour of Parque El Nicho, home to a series of waterfalls and natural ponds nestled in the surrounding Escambray Mountains. Here you can hike through the forest on trails that pass ferns and orchids, leading to a refreshing swim in freshwater pools.
Hit the Malecón promenade for food stalls serving cheap eats. Many waterfront eateries dish out fresh Caribbean seafood like arroz a la marinera (seafood rice) and grillada mixta (mixed grill) with lobster, fish and prawns. Roast pork and other authentic dishes can be enjoyed in family homes, served by private paladares. And you can satisfy your thirst with a refreshing Cuba Libre (rum, Coca-Cola and lemon juice).
The city’s prime shopping spots live along El Bulevar, where you’ll find souvenir kiosks aplenty. Galería Maroya and Galería Tizon both sell paintings, sculptures and photography by local Cuban talents. Stop by Casa del Habano El Embajador for cigars— and don’t leave town without a CD by famous Cuban musician Benny Moré.
DAY 4 - MAY 14 - AT SEA
A CUT ABOVE THE REST
For more than a decade, the chefs of Chops Grille℠ have proudly presented quality, hand-cut steaks at this hallmark Royal Caribbean restaurant.
AS VIP AS CAN BE
Located in an intimate, exclusive enclave throughout various spots onboard, this private epicurean experience for a limited number of guests, treats you to a five-course, menu and wine tasting.
DAY 5 - MAY 15 - DOCKED
ARRIVES: 7:00 AM; DEPARTS: 5:00 PM
WHERE YESTERDAY LIVES TODAY
Step into a time warp where classic cars, stately squares, and crumbling estates hint at a history begging to be discovered. Havana may be a look into the past, but its iconic music, distinctive culture, and nostalgic allure never get old.
STEP INTO FUSTERLANDIA
Cruise to Havana and wander along spiraling walkways past fountains and sculptures covered in vibrant mosaic tiles in Jaimanitas, a district just west of central Havana. Artist Jose Fuster has transformed this suburban neighborhood into a Gaudí-esque wonderland of realism, modernism, and a healthy dose of Cuban national pride.
OLD SCHOOL CRUISING
There are plenty of driver services in Havana offering scenic rides along the waterfront in a classic American car. Or hop in one of the many bicitaxis— rickshaw-style bikes that are both affordable and a great way to sightsee.
TURN BACK TIME
Stroll through the plazas of Habana Vieja, where you can visit cigar factories, sip “agua de coco” and browse colorful stands selling antiques and memorabilia— all while soaking up the intriguing sights and sounds of this six-hundred-year-old slice of Havana.
Visit the Centro Cultural Antiguos Almacenes de Deposito San Jose, an open-air market in Desampardos known for Cuban artwork, wood crafts, creative jewelry designs, and guayabera shirts. Or head to Palacio De La Artesania for cigars, souvenirs, and handicrafts.
DAY 6 - ARRIVAL DAY
MIAMI, FLORIDA ARRIVES: 7:00 AM
BLAZING WITH ADVENTURE
Head west of the city for a bike ride past alligators on the Everglades’ Shark Valley route. Take the kids to the Miami Children’s Museum, or paddle a kayak through Biscayne Bay. Come evening, indulge in haute cuisine at a swanky beachside restaurant— all before cocktails and dancing amid The Magic City’s trendy nightlife scene.
Experience Miami’s Cuban traditions along Calle Ocho in Little Havana. Here you can wander streets filled with fiery salsa sounds and meet locals smoking cigars over a game of dominoes. From its colorfully painted rooster statues to its hand-rolled cigar shops and open-air fruit markets, this is as authentic as it gets.
Unleash your creative side with a jaunt through the Wynwood Art District. Every façade in this art-centric neighborhood comes decked out in vibrant life-size murals by globally recognized talents. And don’t miss Wynwood Walls, a collection of old warehouses adorned with abstract paintings, graffiti quotes and unique sculptures.
Bayside Marketplace, across from the port, is a popular waterfront shopping spot for visitors. Locals love the quirky boutiques in Coconut Grove. Lincoln Road Mall spans 10 blocks of shops— and Miracle Mile is a long string of specialty stores. Head to Calle Ocho for hand-stitched guayabera shirts and hand-rolled Cuban cigars.
SPACE IS LIMITED!
RESERVE YOUR PLACE TODAY
FOR ONLY $200 per stateroom!
Ocean View w/o Balcony:
*based on double occupancy
*Prices include taxes, port fees, and gratuities
*Prices do not include airfare, airport transfers, shore excursions,
beverage packages, internet, or $75 visa fee for travel to Cuba
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