Sadly, I’m back to where I started last week aboard Cuba Cruise’s Louis Cristal, which means two things: I’m back in Montego Bay, Jamaica; and my circumnavigation of Cuba has come to a close.
Aaron Saunders, Live Voyage Reports
January 18, 2014
It may be that as the pages of history are turned, brighter futures and better times will come to Cuba.
– Winston Churchill, 1895
Over the course of the past week, I not only got to sail aboard a ship I’d always wanted to visit, but also was treated — along with the other guests aboard Louis Cristal — to an intimate look at the fascinating Caribbean island that is Cuba. Complex, mysterious and far from clear-cut, Cuba is the ultimate destination for those who tire of the commercialization that runs rampant over many Caribbean islands.
Land-resort vacations to Cuba are nothing new. Cruising to Cuba, on the other hand, is an extraordinarily rare experience.
If you missed it, here’s a look back at our day-by-day Live Voyage Report aboard Cuba Cruise’s Louis Cristal:
- Thursday, January 9: Arrival in Montego Bay, Jamaica
- Friday, January 10: Embarking the Louis Cristal
- Saturday, January 11: Cienfuegos, Cuba
- Sunday, January 12: Punta Frances, Isle of Youth
- Monday, January 13: Havana, Cuba
- Tuesday, January 14: A Day at Sea
- Wednesday, January 15: Antilla, Holguin and Biran, Cuba
- Thursday, January 16: Santiago de Cuba, Cuba
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This is also an excellent time to answer some of the questions readers have sent me over the past two weeks:
Which is the better embarkation port – Montego Bay or Havana?
An avid traveler and an award-winning journalist, Ralph Grizzle produces articles, video and photos that are inspiring and informative, personal and passionate. A journalism graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Ralph has specialized in travel writing for more than two decades. To read more cruise and port reviews by Ralph Grizzle, visit his website at www.avidcruiser.com