Set sail on the first ever gay cruise to Cuba, announced recently by Al and Chuck Travel.
The United States loosened some travel restrictions to Cuba at the end of 2014 ending nearly a 60-year embargo. Visitors can visit Cuba through the People To People program, which is partnering with the Celestyal Cruise Lines to offer the cruise, officials said.
The 1,200 passenger Celeystal Crystal will sail from Montego Bay, Jamaica three times during the winter 2016 season on January 15, February 26, and April 8. Packages start at $799 and include inside and outside cabins and suites. Book the eight-day, seven-night cruise online here.
Organizers have created 10 events on the ship that include themed parties, educational seminars, and dining experiences. The highlight of the first gay cruise to Cuba, though, is the blending of the two communities through a specialized itinerary with stops on every coast of Cuba. A special sightseeing experience is available at each port, organizers said.
“These tours will combine the best of the region being visited with a gay twist,” organizers said in a press release. “You have the opportunity to meet the local community and interact with the heart of gay culture in Cuba.”
Visitors will also have two full days in Havana. Travel professionals that are experts on gay travel in Cuba will be co-hosting on board activities with Al and Chuck staff. The specialists are made up of cruise managers that have worked for Cuban Ministry of Tourism, graduates of the University of Havana, and graduates of University of Pinar Del Rio Law School, officials said.
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