Cultural Cuba (8 Days)

Cruise Line: Viking Cruises
Ship: Viking Star  |  10 Reviews
Miami, FL, United States to Miami, FL, United States
Miami, FL, United States

Arrive in Miami today, Florida's sun-kissed city of glimmering high-rises and vibrant culture on scenic Biscayne Bay and the Atlantic Ocean. Settle in to your veranda stateroom and take time to explore your ship amid Miami's coastal beauty.

Gulf of Mexico (Cruising)

Cruise the azure waters of the Caribbean today. Columbus sailed among the West Indies on these waters before making landfall on South and Central America. And the ships of European nations raised their sails here in search of land for their Crowns and gold for their coffers. You will have ample time to bask in the legendary Caribbean sun at the Infinity Pool and enjoy your meals al fresco, perhaps sampling a local rum cocktail.

Cienfuegos, Cuba

Depart for an overnight stay in Cuba's bustling capital, Havana. Long isolated from visitors, Cuba's largest city has changed little since its pre-revolution days, as evidenced by the vintage American automobiles that still grace the roads. Take a tour of Old Havana, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and admire its eclectic mix of architectural styles; meet local artists and musicians; learn about community projects and initiatives; and enjoy its vibrant nightlife offering live music and dancing. Or, spend the day in Cienfuegos and explore its extensive local music and artistic scene.

Cienfuegos, Cuba

Revisit cold war-era tensions at the Bay of Pigs, the site of a failed CIA-backed invasion of Cuba in April 1961. Interactions with your local guide and Cuban experts will help you learn how the battle affected Cuba's relationship with the United States and Soviet Union, and how its ramifications are still felt today. Or, head to Havana and experience a cultural journal that includes meaningful interactions with Cuban artists, community leaders, musicians, and more. At night you may dine at one of the city's leading private restaurants, locally known as paladares, and later perhaps visit a show at the legendary Tropicana nightclub, which was home to celebrities, mobsters, and showgirls during its pre-revolution heyday.

Cienfuegos, Cuba

Learn about Cienfuegos's maritime history while spending the morning kayaking around its scenic bay. Today one of Cuba's largest ports, Cienfuegos was a popular sanctuary from pirates during colonial times. You may choose to explore a bit further afield with a Cuban biologist to learn about the Botanical Garden of Cienfuegos, the only one of its kind in the Caribbean. And, receive an introduction to the varied birdlife from your expert guide at the Guanaroca Lagoon, a birdwatcher's paradise. Travel back to Cuba's colonial past in Trinidad. Once the home of wealthy landowners and sugar barons, today it is a UNESCO World Heritage Site graced by cobblestone streets and bright, pastel-colored residences.

Santiago De Cuba, Cuba

Explore Cuba's former capital city, also known as the "Cradle of the Cuban Revolution". Monuments that commemorate Santiago de Cuba's rebel leaders can be found all over the city, from Antonio Maceo—who led the fight in Cuba's wars of independence—to Fidel Castro. Uncover Santiago's 500-year history on a visit to the Emilio Bacardi Moreau Provincial Museum, featuring a vast collection of artifacts and paintings collected by the city's former mayor. Immerse yourself in Santiago's diverse culture, influenced by its early immigrants from Africa, Haiti, and Jamaica. Or, get a taste of Cuba's coffee industry with a visit to a national park and UNESCO World Heritage Site coffee plantation, in the heart of the Sierra Maestra mountain range with its gigantic rock formation La Gran Piedra.

Caribbean Sea (Cruising)

As you sail the sapphire blue waters of the Caribbean north back toward Miami, take advantage of the many amenities of your ship. You might take in an enrichment lecture, or sip a cocktail and enjoy the view through the two-story panoramic windows of the Explorers' Lounge.

Miami, FL, United States

Disembark your ship today and depart for home, or extend your stay in Miami and take in the city's lively Cuban-American culture, fresh cuisine, and the vibrant art deco architecture of South Beach.

Cultural Cuba map

About the Ship

Viking Star

Viking Ocean Cruises boasts a fleet of new, all-veranda, state-of-the-art ocean ships. Each identical sister ship carries only 930 guests and is engineered at a scale that allows direct access into most ports. Classified by Cruise Critic as “small ships,” the fleet features understated elegance and modern Scandinavian design.

What's Included



    A cruise fare that includes everything you need

  • One included shore excursion in every port of call

  • Shipwide Wi-Fi so you can remain connected

  • Access to top-rated spa

  • Beer, wine and soft drinks with onboard dinner and lunch

  • Other included beverages, such as specialty coffees, teas and bottled water

  • Port taxes and fees

  • Alternative restaurant dining

  • Airport transfers with purchase of Viking Air

About Us

Viking® offers destination-focused river and ocean cruises to the world’s most fascinating locations on board elegant, state-of-the art ships. With Viking, guests will journey with like-minded travelers on The Thinking Person’s Cruise®, a culturally rich, immersive experience designed to help guests explore the most intimate nuances of their destination both on board and ashore—with enriching shore excursions, informative lectures and port talks, engaging Destination Performances, wine tastings and regional cuisine. Plus, Viking Inclusive Value provides guests all they need in one inclusive cruise fare.

Insider Tip

Viking has a variety of ways in which you can customize your trip including premium beverage packages, gift orders and making arrangements for special occasions.

Terms & Conditions

Prices are per person, based on double occupancy, unless otherwise noted. Pricing, dates, inclusions, and itinerary are subject to change without notice, and vary by departure date and cabin. Restrictions may apply. Ship are registered in: Switzerland, Germany, Portugal, Ukraine, China, Vietnam and Egypt.

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