Caribbean & Cuba Cruise

Cruise some of the finest spots in the Caribbean on this 7-night cruise onboard 4* MSC Armonia featuring an overnight stay in Havana, the enigmatic capital of Cuba, with 2 complimentary excursions included. All you need for a perfect holiday is organised by Cruisescapes.

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The cruise departs Miami in Florida and visits Montego Bay in Jamaica, Georgetown in Grand Cayman and Cozumel in Mexico before you reach Havana in Cuba where you have an overnight stay and 2 complimentary excursions. From Cuba you cruise back to Miami for your flight back to Ireland. This offer includes one night in a 4-star Miami hotel before your cruise.

DESTINATION Caribbean Cuba & Cozumel
FROM Dublin
DATE December 2018 & January 2019
DURATION 7 Night Cruise + 1 Night Hotel
PRICE From €1,599 pp

Cruise some of the finest spots in the Caribbean on this 7-night cruise onboard 4* MSC Armonia featuring an overnight stay in Havana, the enigmatic capital of Cuba, with 2 FREE excursions included. All you need for a perfect holiday is organised by Cruisescapes.

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Day to Day Itinerary:

Day 1-2: Miami, Florida, USA: Hotel Overnight Depart: 18.00

Following your flight, you will be transferred to the hotel in Miami. Following your overnight stay, you will be transferred to the port to board the 4* MSC Armonia.

Tucked away in the Miami-Dade Cultural Center are Miami’s excellent history and art museums, while Bayside Marketplace is the staging post for boat tours of Miami’s most exclusive offshore keys. To the north sits the city’s buzziest neighbourhood, the strip of land along and around Biscayne Boulevard, known as the Biscayne Corridor; it includes the dazzling Performing Arts Center, the art galleries and showrooms of Wynwood and the Design District, and even the grubby but thrilling immigrant neighbourhood known as Little Haiti.

The first of Miami’s Cubans settled southwest of downtown, just across the Miami River, in Little Havana. This is still one of the most intriguing parts of the city, rich with Latin American looks and sounds, though it’s less solidly Cuban than it used to be.

Day 3: At Sea:

Day 4: Montego Bay, Jamaica: Arrive: 13.00 Depart: 19.00 

An MSC cruise to Cuba, the Caribbean and Antilles will take you to a tropical paradise. Our ship will dock in Montego Bay, Jamaica.

Located along the northwest coast of Jamaica, it is one of the most important cities of the island; it is thought that Christopher Columbus anchored his ships here in 1494 when he “discovered” Jamaica on his way from Cuba; he called the new country Santiago.

The lively city centre is dominated by Gloucester Avenue, the main street or “Hip Strip”, where tourists and locals stroll and investigate different bars; in the centre, one can also admire the St. James Parish Church, an 18th century religious building in Georgian style surrounded by a lush tropical garden.
Along the same street, there are also the Court House and the colourful Craft Market: it is impossible to leave without buying a souvenir from at least one of the different stands full of local crafts, from clothes to woven straw hats and jewellery.

Day 5: George Town, Cayman Islands: Arrive: 08.00 Depart: 15.00 

Once disembarked from your cruise ship in the Cayman Islands, the cruise goer is welcomed by the port of George Town. The capital of the island and of the country, it is a traditional Caribbean city with colourful wooden houses that alternate with newer buildings.

The houses on the narrow George Town streets are interspersed with artisan workshops, where you can find some rarities to take home as a reminder of your MSC cruise in the Caribbean Sea. You can take a plunge into the history of the island at the dual-purpose National Museum of George Town: you can both explore samples of the most interesting endemic flora and fauna, and trace the long and tough inhabited history of the island.

However, if you want to learn about the lives of the first European colonists, an excursion to Bodden Town located five kilometres from the capital is ideal. In this former capital of Cayman Islands, you can visit the Mission House, a building used as a family residence by teachers and missionaries during the 18th century. As an alternative, visit the Queen Elizabeth II Botanical Park located, in the east of the island. Here, if you are lucky, besides the riot of tropical plants you may also encounter the extremely rare blue iguana.

Day 6: Cozumel, Mexico: Arrive: 10.00 Depart: 18.00 

A forty-kilometre-long island directly off the coast from Playa del Carmen, Isla Cozumel is a renowned cruise-ship call: nearly every day, up to ten cruise ships dock at one of the island’s three dedicated piers, all just south of the only town, San Miguel.

A holiday to Mexico with MSC Cruises will present you with restaurants, souvenir shops and jewellery stores, all along the malecón (Av Rafael Melgar) in downtown San Miguel.

If you fancy a museum, the attractive Museo de la Isla de Cozumel has small displays of the flora, fauna and marine life of the island, as well as a good collection of Maya artefacts and old photos.

If you’re not a diver, there’s a certain appeal in wandering the relaxed inland blocks of San Miguel, away from the piers, spotting Maya ruins and birds (the Maya called the island cuzamil – “land of the swallows”) in the dense forests and being the only person on the windswept eastern beaches.

Midway across the island, San Gervasio is the only excavated Maya site on Cozumel. With several small temples connected by sacbeob, or long white roads, it was one of the many independent city-states that survived the fall of Chichén Itzá, flourishing between 1200 AD and 1650 AD. As part of a larger nature reserve the site is worth a visit for the numerous birds and butterflies you can spot early in the morning or late in the day.

Another place to visit is Xcaret, a surprisingly pleasant theme park: it offers all the Yucatán’s attractions in one handy place, with a museum, a tropical aquarium, a “Maya village”, a beach, some small authentic ruins, pools and more than a kilometre of subterranean rivers down which you can swim, snorkel or float. On the other hand, neighbouring Xplor is dedicated to ziplines and other outdoor adventure.

Day 7-8: Havana, Cuba: Arrive: 13.00 Overnight Depart: 17.00 

When you disembark in Havana during a cruise to the Caribbean, you will be immediately struck by the city’s sensuality.

It’s buildings have sinuous lines, and its colours and spiced aromas are intoxicating. The aroma of the city’s famous cigars floats through the air, beaches of sugary hues smoothly transition into transparent waters of the sea, music accompanies the captivating movements of the Caribbean dances, and cars from a different century create a moving exhibit in the streets of the city centre: sailing with MSC Cruises to Cuba will let you to touch this fascinating world with your own hands.

On your trip, as soon as you disembark from your cruise ship, an excursion will take you on a discovery of the capital, a populous city full of contradictions with over two million inhabitants. One of the must see places to visit is Castillo del Morro: a fortress constructed on a hill in the 16th century that takes its name from one of the Biblical Wise Men. From here, you can reach Vieja Habana (Old Havana), a UNESCO world heritage site, with its Plaza San Francisco de Asis, Plaza de Armas, Plaza Vieja and Plaza de la Catedral. Bodeguita del Medio, a locale where personalities such as Ernst Hemingway, Salvador Allende and Pablo Neruda often stopped to sip a mojito, is a must stop. El Capitolio (the Capital Building), one of Cuba’s symbols, stands out in its whiteness from amongst the colorful colonial buildings. Plaza de la Revolución is also of great impact; here the memorial to the national hero José Martí and the Interior Ministry with the famous image of Che Guevara made by Enrique Ávila and inspired by a statue of Alberto Korda, are situated. But, a trip to Havana will also take you beyond squares and buildings. For example, Varadero is considered the most beautiful beach in the world.

Day 9: Miami, Florida: Arrive: 07.00 

Following disembarkation, you will be transferred to the airport to get your flight back home to Ireland.

 

1 Night in a 4 Star Miami Hotel (Room Only)

7 Nights accommodation aboard the exceptional 4 Star MSC Armonia (See ship info for more help)

4* MSC Armonia

Discover a cruise ship offering a wondrous harmony of space and intimacy: welcome aboard MSC Armonia, a ship that perfectly captures the spirit of her Italian name. If personal space and ‘a room with a view’ are at the top of your cruise priorities, then MSC Armonia offers a selection of marvelous suites with private balconies with panoramic views. A word of warning though: once you’ve cruised in an MSC balcony cabin, you’ll want to do so again and again!

MSC Armonia is a very sociable cruise ship, carefully designed with you in mind and made exclusively for good times! Get together with friends and family and enjoy sunbathing at the external spa and swimming pool complex. If you’re tempted to over indulge in the fine Italian and international cuisine on offer, then you can always make redress at the gym, the Armonia Spa or simply dance the night away in the aptly named Starlight Disco!

When you’re not discovering another interesting port of call then your time on board MSC Armonia can be as busy or as relaxed as you please. British cruisers will appreciate the White Lion pub where friendly service and an easy-going charm will quickly turn it into your new ‘local’. Later on, as you leave the setting sun and another port of call in your wake it’s time to explore the many bars, lounges and, perhaps, a special evening at the Teatro La Fenice?

Whatever you do, you’re sure to enjoy a most harmonious cruise!

Public Lounges

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MSC Armonia: Restaurants

MSC Armonia offers 2 main restaurants, La Pergola and Marco Polo and an outdoor restaurant, Il Girasole. Each one boasts a superb selection of gastronomy. Quality is the key from properly sourced choice Italian meats to the freshest of fresh fruit. Every product is fresh and carefully handled, such as bread baked on board with the passion and knowledge of the most distinctive boulangerie. Dishes range from traditional and tasty Mediterranean fare, to the most refined international recipes. For a quick lunch choose La Brasserie Cafeteria offering the utmost quality and variety in Italian and international cuisine.

MSC Armonia: Bars and lounges

On MSC Armonia guests can choose from 8 bars, inspired by different themes and imaginatively stocked with wine and food from across the golbe.

MSC Armonia: Entertainment

MSC Cruises’ uncompromising dedication to its passengers is nowhere more evident than the unrivalled entertainment programmes and facilities offered on board MSC Armonia, with its about 600 state-of-the-art seats La Fenice Theatre, futuristic Starlight Disco and Palm Beach Casino with over 400 square metres of casino gaming and Star Galaxy, video games room

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Dates & Prices

Date Price Stateroom
09 December 2018 €1,599 Inside Book Now
09 December 2018 €1,719 Outside Book Now
09 December 2018 €2,099 Balcony Book Now
06 January 2019 €1,719 Inside Book Now
06 January 2019 €1,929 Outside Book Now
06 January 2019 €2,299 Balcony Book Now
13 January 2019 €1,719 Inside Book Now
13 January 2019 €1,929 Outside Book Now
13 January 2019 €2,299 Balcony Book Now
20 January 2019 €1,599 Inside Book Now
20 January 2019 €1,719 Outside Book Now
20 January 2019 €2,099 Balcony Book Now
27 January 2019 €1,719 Inside Book Now
27 January 2019 €1,929 Outside Book Now
27 January 2019 €2,299 Balcony Book Now

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Inside Cabins – FREE Social Internet
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All Prices include

  • Return flights from Dublin to Miami, Florida, USA
  • All Transfers from airport to hotel to port
  • 1 night in a 4* Miami Hotel, room only
  • 7 nights onboard the 4 Star MSC Armonia, based on 2 sharing an inside cabin
  • Superb dining on a full board basis
  • Varied day & evening entertainment onboard
  • 2 Complimentary excursions when in Havana, Cuba
  • Return transfer port to the airport
  • 1 check-in bag of 20kgs per person
  • Taxes and charges of €130

Booking remarks

  • Inclusive of taxes and service charges as indicated
  • Non refundable or transferable booking deposit of €250 per person
  • Optional Insurance €29 (conditions apply)
  • Gratuities are not included in above price
  • Single supplement available on request
  • These prices are guidelines only and are subject to change and availability. Pricing will be confirmed at time of booking.