(1:45 p.m. EDT) — Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic unveiled its first Cuba program, a series of 10-night people-to-people journeys called Cuba by Land and Sea: Cultural Heritage and Natural Wonders, Travel Weekly is reporting.
Each trip, which is open to U.S. citizens through its people-to-people designation, starts with a three-night stay at the Hotel Nacional in Havana. It then continues with a weeklong cruise aboard Variety Cruises’ Panorama II. Cuban conservationists will join the sailings to discuss Cuba’s reefs and marine life. Ports of call will include Havana, Trinidad and Cienfuego.
Itinerary highlights will include visits to the Jardines de la Reina Marine Park, Zapata Swamp National Park and Bay of Pigs. (Visits to the Jardines de la Reina Marine Park and Bay of Pigs are dependent on Cuban permission being granted.)
The first sailing departs Havana on December 7, 2016, with 16 consecutive departures through March 2017.
Ponant, a French-flagged luxury cruise line also recently received permission from Cuba to open its Cuba sailings to cruisers from the United States starting in 2017.
Carnival Corporation’s Fathom will become the first American cruise line to sail a cruise ship from the United States to Cuba when it departs Miami this Sunday, May 1.