The best in luxury Cuba yachting
SeaDream Yacht Club, rated #1 Boutique Cruise Ship according to the 2017 Berlitz Guide to Cruising & Cruise Ships, has achieved the industry’s highest accolades for its two twin, casually elegant mega-yachts, SeaDream I and SeaDream II. And now with cruising four times as popular compared to the past 20 years, SeaDream Yacht Club has announced a new opportunity for guests to cruise around Cuba beginning Spring 2019.
With a maximum of only 112 guests and a 95-person award-winning crew, “It’s yachting, not cruising,” defines not only the size of the vessels, but the onboard lifestyle and anticipatory service. With seven-day voyages departing throughout 2019, the SeaDream Yacht Club’s twin mega-yachts will explore the small island nation with stops among the country’s most storied and least-travelled ports.
SeaDream Yacht Club ports of call:
Cabo Cruz, Cuba
Also known as ‘Cape Cruz’, this is a cape that forms the western edge of the Granma Province in southern Cuba. Recognized for its famous landmark, ‘Faro de Cabo Cruz’ or ‘Faro Vargas’, a nineteenth-century manned lighthouse. Originally founded as a Spanish port, between 1717 and 1718, the port was seized by pirate Edward Kenway. Soon after, a harbormaster’s station was built along with two naval stations presented to Kenway by a Dutch trader.
Cayo Largo, Cuba
An intimate resort island in Cuba also known as Cayo Largo del Sur (“Long Cay”). Being the largest of the 300 island in the Canarreos Archipelago, the cay runs close to 25 kilometers (16 miles) long and 3 kilometers (1.9 miles) wide. With a zero-permanent population, the island beaches of Playo Sirena and Playo Paraiso are kept in pristine beauty and offers the finest undeveloped beaches in the world ready for enjoyment. The possibilities are limitless in Cayo Largo.
La Perla del Sur, or “Pearl of the South, is a southern city originally populated by indigenous peoples, and later settled by French immigrants in the 1800’s. The port, very large by the standards of the times, was instrumental in multi-national trade, especially between South America and Jamaica. Sugar was a major export of the city. The city’s Urban Historic Center is a UNESCO World-Heritage Site, and serves as an example of urban planning accomplished during the 19th century by the Spanish. Other attractions include Castillo de Nuestra Senora (a castle/fort), historic cathedrals, botanical gardens, a cigar factory, and the University of Cienfuegos.
The capital of the island nation and the most populated at over 2.1 million residents, Havana is the 4th most populous area in the Caribbean region. The walled capital was founded by Spain in the 16th century. The sinking of an American warship in 1898 signaled the beginning of the Spanish-American war. Havana experienced exponential growth in the 1930’s when the city became a major tourist destination, until 1959 when Fidel Castro came into power following the revolution. “Old Havana” became a UNESCO World Heritage site in the 1980’s. Visitors to Havana enjoy colorful displays of culture, architecture, music, and the arts.
Isla de la Juventud, Cuba
Known as the “Isle of Youth” or “Isle of Treasure”, Isla De Juventud is the second largest island off Cuba’s shore. Very popular with divers and “treasure hunters”, this island is known for its beauty, history and pirate lore. Visit the historic prison, turned museum where Fidel Castro was himself imprisoned at one time. Discover the idyllic and unspoiled Punta Frances Marine National Park; an excellent coral reef diving location. Beautiful black-sand beaches line the beckoning turquoise waters.
Maria la Gorda, Cuba
Maria la Gorda, a port only accommodating smaller vessels, is part of the Western Cuban province of Pinar del Rio; known as a scuba diver’s paradise. The port’s lush landscape is home to native birds and animals. The shimmering, aqua colored waters welcome experienced and beginner divers, as well as snorkelers. Authentic Cuban Mojitos and fresh seafood are served along the beachfront. Experiencing Cuba’s sunset should be at the top of your “to do” list.
Santiago de Cuba, Cuba
The second largest city in Cuba was founded in the 1500’s by Spanish conquistadors. Like many cities of the Caribbean, Santiago de Cuba was fought over by both France and England. The Cuban Revolution actually began in this city in 1953 when the Moncada barracks were attacked by Castro-backed rebels. The city is home to the citadel of San Pedro de la Roca, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Rum lovers take note; the Bacardi liquor brand was founded in Santiago de Cubac.
Trinidad is a town in the jurisdiction of Sancti Spititus, central Cuba, in a preserved Spanish colonial settlement founded in 1514. Declared a World Heritage Site in 1988, Trinidad is the holder of Cuba’s oldest and most captivating ‘outdoor museum’. Charming cobblestone streets bustling with local townspeople, wild donkeys and the sights and sounds of a bygone era. Trinidad has of some of the best beaches in Cuba, with Playa Ancon offering hiking trails and scenic waterfalls.
About luxury Cuba yachting:
SeaDream Yacht Club’s itineraries are designed to call upon the most intimate ports, harbors and yachting playgrounds that larger ships cannot reach. From May through October, both yachts sail the Mediterranean Sea. From November through April they visit the turquoise waters of the Caribbean. To ensure that their guests experience all that each specially selected port of call has to offer, many of their itineraries feature overnight stays in some of the best yachting ports and harbors in the world.
To view the honors that exemplify SeaDream Yacht Club’s excellence visit their Awards here!
SeaDream Yacht Club Awards:
- Town & Country Cruise Awards: SeaDream Yacht Club awarded Best Fitness Itineraries
- American Airlines’ Celebrated Living Magazine Platinum List Award Winner, 2017
- Signature Luxury: Boutique Cruise Ship Award
- CruiseTruth.com: The Best Island Itineraries at Sea
- CruiseTruth.com: The Most “Yacht-Like” Experience at Sea
- CruiseTruth.com: The Warmest/Most Friendly Crew at Sea
- Travvy Awards-Silver: Best Cruise Ship, Small
- Berlitz Cruising & Cruise Ships: “#1 and #2 in Best Boutique Ship”
- Berlitz Cruising & Cruise Ships: Listed Top 5 in the Best for Food
For a full list of awards visit here.
SeaDream Yacht Club currently has a 4 out of 5 star CruiseCritic review rating from over 70 reviews.