Friday, January 23, 2015

FAM Trip March 20 - 27 on Cuba Cruise

For Travel Professionals Only
A FAM Trip on 
Cuba Cruise

Montego Bay
 – Cienfuegos – Isle of Youth - Havana– Holguin – Santiago de Cuba -
Montego Bay

March 20 – 27, 2015 

Cruise 50% posted rates
+ Air from home to Montego Bay
+ Excursions
+ Orientations
+ Affiliation contribution

People to PeopleExcursions*

Montego Bay:  choice of Cuba Cruise programs before or after cruise
Cienfuegos:  Special program organized by FfRD  $100*
Isle of Youth:  day of reflection and rest,  snorkel with Cuba Cruise
Havana:  Orientation program organized by FfRD  $150*
Holguin:  Alcala & Birán or Cuba Life Cuba Cruise programs 96.00 / 100 CAD
Santiago:  Special program organized by FfRD  $100 USD*

Cuba Cruise Travel Professional Special – 50% off – from CAD $424 per person plus taxes.

Based on 2 people sharing cabin. Price shown is per person and reflects the special offer of 50% discount for an IA category cabin. Offer valid for approved Travel Professional and one companion.  Valid for all categories, call for specific cabin pricing. Port dues & taxes of  C$178 per person extra.  Offer is valid for Cruise only for March 20, 2015 departure from Montego Bay, space available. Valid for new bookings only. Must be booked before March 6, 2015 (earlier is recommended).  Third or fourth passenger in cabin pays regular supplement. Not combinable with any other offer. Includes cruise, entertainment and meals onboard, and Cuba Tourist Card.  Bar and beverages, room service, shore excursions and on-board and restaurant purchases NOT included. Not valid for Group bookings. See for full terms and conditions.

Email your request to Caroline –

Only those who are confirmed as travel professionals will be contacted.  Full payment will be required.  Mandatory half day training session at sea to discover all that Cuba Cruise has to offer.

To be covered by a people-to-people general license, register with FfRD and make an 
affiliation contribution of  $75 as soon as you book passage, but no later than March 6.

*  Program and estimated costs, subject to change in compliance with new OFAC travel regulations. Havana orientation and other special programs are organized by FfRD under its general license,   Orientation in Havana includes presentations by staff of US Interests Section and by local tour organizers; performances by Opera de la Calle and Afro Cuban group N’Sila che che.  Special presentations on Cuban history, US - Cuba relations and Cuba trip organizing during cruise time.  (Proposed special programs below.)

To register as a participant in licensed group travel
 and for further information on the FAM program, flights to Montego Bay
and the Havana orientation, contact John McAuliff, 
Cuba/US People to People Partnership 
jmcauliff@ffrd.og   917-859-9025
On line registration

Clients can also be registered for this cruise, with comfort that their agent will be on board. They will pay the posted price for berths (12% commission to agent), the FfRD affiliation contribution and for the special people to people programs.   They are not required, but are welcome, as space permits to pre-register for the half day orientation for travel professionals on Tuesday, the hotel inspections on Monday and Thursday, and the meeting with Cuban receiving agencies on Monday.  See


Proposed special program for FfRD Fam Trip

Friday, March 20

Embark, Montego Bay (between 1 and 4 p.m.)

Saturday,  March 21

Disembark in Cienfuegos
Meet at ANEC with professors from the university to discuss economic and social changes
Visit Print Workshop
Lunch at paledar Finca los Colorados
Meet with member of the historian's staff and see the central plaza
Visit theater
Performance by choral group
Return to ship

Sunday, March 22

Disembark Isle of Youth, Punta Frances National Park
Day of reflection and rest; Cuba Cruise beach activities and snorkel
FfRD organized meeting with Cuban crew and staff

Monday, March 23

Disembark in Havana
Visit church in Regla and see performance of private group N'sila che che 
Return to Havana by ferry
(if time permits, visit Artisan market)  
Quick lunch on own at bakery or brewery on Plaza Vieja
Walking tour of Old Havana
Hotel inspection (Nacional or Capri)
Meeting at hotel with representatives of Amistur, Havanatur and San Cristobal
Hotel inspection (Melia Cohiba) 
Dinner at Arte Chef, with instruction in making mojitos and Cuban dishes
Performance of Opera de la Calle
Reboard ship by 11 p.m.

Tuesday, March 24

Day at sea 
Orientation on 2015-2016 sailing season by Cuba Cruise
FfRD organized meeting with Cuban crew and staff

Wednesday, March 25

Disembark in Holguin
Cuba Cruise excursions "Alcala & Birán" or "Cuba Life" 

Thursday, March 26

Disembark in Santiago
Meet with Dr. Marta Cordiés Jackson of the African Cultural Center "Fernando Ortiz" 
Enjoy musical and dance performance at the Center
Lunch at paledar El Holandes
Hotel Inspection:  Hotel Casa Grande
Meet with Jorge Jordan and visit Museo de Ambiente Historico Cubano
Visit Workshop and Gallery Manuel Lluch
Reboard ship

Friday, March 27

Disembark in Montego Bay
Optional Cuba Cruise excursions

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