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Miami , Florida | Cozumel , Mexico | Cienfuegos , Cuba | Havana , Cuba | Havana , Cuba | Miami , Florida

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Fiestas at Boleros. Siestas at Vitality℠ at Sea Spa. Showstopping ballroom steps in Bailamos. All while immersing yourself in Cuban culture onboard and onshore. Craving adventure? We've got you.

DAY 1 - Departure Day

Miami, Florida

DEPARTS:
4:00 PM

Biscayne Beauty

Jump-start your morning in true Miami style with a Cuban cafecito from a ventanita (a streetside shop window). Then climb the historic lighthouse at Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park on quiet Key Biscayne before lounging on its secluded sands below. Explore Wynwood’s vibrant art scene. Cruise from Miami to step inside the Renaissance-style Vizcaya estate for a look into Miami’s dazzling past.

Aerial shot of Oleta River state park in Miami, Florida
Bill Bags Cape Florida State Park Lighthouse in Miami, tourist spot

Jump-start your morning in true Miami style with a Cuban cafecito from a ventanita (a streetside shop window). Then climb the historic lighthouse at Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park on quiet Key Biscayne before lounging on its secluded sands below. Explore Wynwood’s vibrant art scene. Cruise from Miami to step inside the Renaissance-style Vizcaya estate for a look into Miami’s dazzling past.

Aerial shot of Oleta River state park in Miami, Florida
Bill Bags Cape Florida State Park Lighthouse in Miami, tourist spot
Things To Do

in Miami

Art Deco architecture of Collins Avenue in Miami, Florida

Sobe It

South Beach is a bright hot spot no matter what time of day. Soak up the sun along the shore and admire the Art Deco gems along lively Ocean Drive. Stroll busy Collins Avenue, sip mojitos in beach bars, dance in ultra-hip nightclubs, and enjoy the best people watching in the city.

Close up of men smoking Cuban cigars in Miami, Florida

Called Culture

Experience Miami’s Cuban traditions along Calle Ocho in Little Havana. Here you can wander streets filled with fiery salsa sounds and meet locals smoking cigars over a game of dominoes. From its colorfully painted rooster statues to its hand-rolled cigar shops and open-air fruit markets, this is as authentic as it gets.

Artistic painted mural in Wynwood, Miami

Blank Canvas

Unleash your creative side with a jaunt through the Wynwood Art District during your Miami cruise. Every façade in this art-centric neighborhood comes decked out in vibrant life-size murals by globally recognized talents. And don’t miss Wynwood Walls, a collection of old warehouses adorned with abstract paintings, graffiti quotes and unique sculptures.

Plate of Ropa Vieja, traditional Cuban food in Miami

Local Cuisine

Miami is an international culinary powerhouse. Michelin-starred chefs fill many kitchens and Latin American flavors highlight many menus. You can’t miss the city’s signature Cuban food: Enjoy pastelitos (pastries) for breakfast, lunch on a famous frita (spicy burger), then savor ropa vieja (beef stew) for dinner. If seafood is your thing, crack into succulent stone crab claws, a true South Florida delicacy.

Waterfront view of Bayside Mall in Miami, Florida

Shopping

Bayside Marketplace, across from the port, is a popular waterfront shopping spot for visitors. Locals love the quirky boutiques in Coconut Grove. Lincoln Road Mall spans 10 blocks of shops— and Miracle Mile is a long string of specialty stores. Cruise to Miami and head to Calle Ocho for hand-stitched guayabera shirts and hand-rolled Cuban cigars.

DAY 2 - AT SEA

CRUISING

CAN'T MISS FAVORITES

Man Climbing Rock Wall On Board Day Time
Dance salsa at the Latin Fiesta onboard a cruise to Cuba

Man Climbing Rock Wall On Board Day Time
Dance salsa at the Latin Fiesta onboard a cruise to Cuba

THINGS TO DO

Dance salsa at the Latin Fiesta onboard a cruise to Cuba
Latin Fiesta

TURN UP THE TEMPO

First, we’ll kick off a Latin fiesta with a quick crash course on basic dance moves. Then, go head-to-head — or cheek to cheek — with your fellow steppers to the sounds of a live Latin band. 

Man Climbing Down the Rock Wall
Rock Climbing Wall

A BOLDER BOULDER

Rise to the occasion and take on the signature Rock Climbing Wall. From beginners to speed climbers, everyone can enjoy an unparalleled view from 40 feet above deck. Included in your fare, no reservation required.

DAY 3 - DOCKED

Cozumel, Mexico

ARRIVES:
7:00 AM
DEPARTS:
7:00 PM
MEXICAN HEART AND

CARIBBEAN SOUL

Cozumel blends Mexican culture with Caribbean vibes. You can explore its Maya roots in Tulum, or discover a secret world of sea life as you snorkel beneath the waves in Chankanaab. And there’s no better way to close out a day of adventure than with an ice cold michelada and a beachside massage at Playa Mia.

Clear Water of Punta Sur National Park, Cozumel, Mexico
Girl snorkeling with fins in Cozumel, Mexico
Panoramic view of the God of Wind Temple Ruins in Tulum close to Cozumel, Mexico

Cozumel blends Mexican culture with Caribbean vibes. You can explore its Maya roots in Tulum, or discover a secret world of sea life as you snorkel beneath the waves in Chankanaab. And there’s no better way to close out a day of adventure than with an ice cold michelada and a beachside massage at Playa Mia.

Clear Water of Punta Sur National Park, Cozumel, Mexico
Girl snorkeling with fins in Cozumel, Mexico
Panoramic view of the God of Wind Temple Ruins in Tulum close to Cozumel, Mexico
Things To Do

in Cozumel

San Gervasio, the largest ancient Maya site on Cozumel

Temple Trekking

Get up close and personal with Maya history at San Gervasio, the largest ancient Maya site on Cozumel, which dates back to as early as A.D. 300.

Swim with dolphins at Chankanaab National Park, Cozumel

Dive Into Adventure

At Chankanaab National Park, you’ll find everything from snorkeling and scuba to swimming with dolphins.

Aerial View of Punta Sur National Ecological Park, and its adjacent beach.

Natural Thrills

Reconnect with nature while wandering the endless mangroves, beaches and reefs in Punta Sur National Park during your Cozumel cruise.

Michelada, Mexican drink made with beer and freshly squeezed lime juice over ice in a salt-rimmed glass.

Local Cuisine

Cozumel’s cuisine is dominated by Mexican, American and international cuisine. Fresh seafood is always a good choice, and so is the cochinita pibil— a slow-roasted, highly seasoned pork dish. Cool off with a michelada, made with beer and freshly squeezed lime juice over ice in a salt-rimmed glass. Or keep it traditional with Mexico’s signature spirit, tequila.

an assortment of Mexican souvenirs including painted ceramic skulls

Shopping

For great deals and guaranteed stores, walk along the waterfront on Avenue Rafael E. Melgar, a mile-long strip in San Miguel. And be sure to check out the Chile Tequila Factory for a sampling of Mexico’s favorite spirit.

INSIDER TIP

Remember to tip between 10% and 15%.

DAY 4 - AT SEA

CRUISING

FOR FOODIES

12 oz Grilled NY-Strip Steak served at the fine dining steakhouse, Chops Grille. One of the best cruise line restaurants.
Welcoming dining room with special dishes & spectacular wines. Fine dining at the best vacation cruise restaurant Chefs Table

12 oz Grilled NY-Strip Steak served at the fine dining steakhouse, Chops Grille. One of the best cruise line restaurants.
Welcoming dining room with special dishes & spectacular wines. Fine dining at the best vacation cruise restaurant Chefs Table

THINGS TO DO

Grilled Veal Chop entree at the specialty, Chops Grille restaurant. Cruise vacation fine dining steaks served table side.
Chops Grille

A CUT ABOVE THE REST

For more than a decade, the chefs of Chops Grille have proudly presented quality, hand-cut prime steaks at this hallmark Royal Caribbean restaurant.

Lobster & Alaska king crab main entree, served at the Elegant Chefs Table restaurant. One of the best cruise line fine dining
Chef's Table

AS VIP AS CAN BE

Located in an intimate, exclusive spot onboard, this private epicurean experience for a limited number of guests, treats you to a five-course, menu and wine tasting.

DAY 5 - TENDERED

Cienfuegos, Cuba

ARRIVES:
7:00 AM
DEPARTS:
5:00 PM

SIZZLING WITH DISCOVERIES

This Cuban gem is nicknamed the “Pearl of the South” for its picturesque bay— but the real sparkle of Cienfuegos is the assortment of adventures. Explore the UNESCO-listed historic center by vintage car. Take a ferry to 18th-century Castillo de Jagua. Meet pink flamingos in Guanaroca Lagoon. Or see the world’s tallest stalagmite in Martín Infierno Cave.

View of beautiful mountains and landscape in Cienfuegos, Cuba

This Cuban gem is nicknamed the “Pearl of the South” for its picturesque bay— but the real sparkle of Cienfuegos is the assortment of adventures. Explore the UNESCO-listed historic center by vintage car. Take a ferry to 18th-century Castillo de Jagua. Meet pink flamingos in Guanaroca Lagoon. Or see the world’s tallest stalagmite in Martín Infierno Cave.

View of beautiful mountains and landscape in Cienfuegos, Cuba
Things To Do

in Cienfuegos

VERY VALLE

Venture to the Punta Gorda neighborhood for an up-close glimpse of Palacio de Valle. Admire its brilliant mix of architecture— Gothic, Romanesque, baroque and Mudéjar— and ornately carved décor. Built in 1917 by wealthy merchant Acisclo del Valle Blanco, this National Heritage Memorial offers sweeping views of the surrounding bay.

COLONIAL SNAPSHOT

A walk through Parque José Martí reveals timeless Cuban treasures. Explore the city’s history at Museo Provincial and marvel at the stained-glass windows of Catedral de la Purisima Concepcion. See Casa del Fundador, the city’s oldest building— or peruse shops along El Bulevar.

GO WITH THE FLOW OF NATURE

Get lost in Cuba’s natural scenery with an eco-tour of Parque El Nicho, home to a series of waterfalls and natural ponds nestled in the surrounding Escambray Mountains.

LOCAL CUISINE

Hit the Malecón promenade for food stalls serving cheap eats. Many waterfront eateries dish out fresh Caribbean seafood like arroz a la marinera (seafood rice) and grillada mixta (mixed grill) with lobster, fish and prawns. Roast pork and other authentic dishes can be enjoyed in family homes, served by private paladares. And you can satisfy your thirst with a refreshing Cuba Libre (rum, Coca-Cola and lemon juice).

SHOPPING

The city’s prime shopping spots live along El Bulevar, where you’ll find souvenir kiosks aplenty. Galería Maroya and Galería Tizon both sell paintings, sculptures and photography by local Cuban talents. Stop by Casa del Habano El Embajador for cigars— and don’t leave town without a CD by famous Cuban musician Benny Moré.

INSIDER TIP

In Cuba it’s illegal to take a photograph of any military, police or airport personnel.

DAY 6 - AT SEA

CRUISING

LIGHTS OUT NIGHTS OUT

QN, Quantum of the Seas, Boleros Lounge, bar, lounge
AN, Anthem of the Seas, Schooner Bar, lounge, piano, ship rigging decor, screens in back,

QN, Quantum of the Seas, Boleros Lounge, bar, lounge
AN, Anthem of the Seas, Schooner Bar, lounge, piano, ship rigging decor, screens in back,

Interiors, Allure, Allure of the Seas,

Bolero, Boleros, Lounge,
Boleros

SHAKE IT LIKE A CAIPIRINHA

Nighttime sizzles at Boleros, a Latin-themed club and hot spot. Try a variety of specialty drinks inspired by the music— like Cuban mojitos and Brazilian caipirinhas— and get down to the pulsating live music with a six-piece Latin band. This is one after-dinner party you don't want to miss.

QN, Quantum of the Seas, public spaces, Schooner Bar, piano, entertainment, lounge, dining, drinks
Schooner Bar

THE SCHOONER THE BETTER

There's always a crowd gathered around the piano at The Schooner Bar, one of our signature bars and a guest favorite. Drop by to take in the nautical theme, and stay to join in with the piano sing-alongs while enjoying your favorite cocktail.

DAY 7 - DOCKED

Havana, Cuba

ARRIVES:
7:00 AM
WHERE YESTERDAY

LIVES TODAY

Step into a time warp where classic cars, stately squares, and crumbling estates hint at a history begging to be discovered. Havana may be a look into the past, but its iconic music, distinctive culture, and nostalgic allure never get old.

Native woman dressed as Oshun Goddess in Havana, Cuba
Vingage rides parked in Havana, Cuba
Cuba, Havana - View of Gaspare Di Caro light art show over Havana Cathedral

Step into a time warp where classic cars, stately squares, and crumbling estates hint at a history begging to be discovered. Havana may be a look into the past, but its iconic music, distinctive culture, and nostalgic allure never get old.

Native woman dressed as Oshun Goddess in Havana, Cuba
Vingage rides parked in Havana, Cuba
Cuba, Havana - View of Gaspare Di Caro light art show over Havana Cathedral
Things To Do

in Havana

Woman enjoying a drive through Havana in a vintage pink car

Old School Cruising

There are plenty of driver services in Havana offering scenic rides along the waterfront in a classic American car. Or hop in one of the many bicitaxis— rickshaw-style bikes that are both affordable and a great way to sightsee.

Cuba, Havana - Old Square (Plaza Vieja)

Turn Back Time

Stroll through the plazas of Habana Vieja, where you can visit cigar factories, sip “agua de coco” and browse colorful stands selling antiques and memorabilia— all while soaking up the intriguing sights and sounds of this six-hundred-year-old slice of Havana.

Outdoor mosaic tile museum by Cuban artist, José Fuster, Havana Cuba

Step into Fusterlandia

Cruise to Havana and wander along spiraling walkways past fountains and sculptures covered in vibrant mosaic tiles in Jaimanitas, a district just west of central Havana. Artist Jose Fuster has transformed this suburban neighborhood into a Gaudí-esque wonderland of realism, modernism, and a healthy dose of Cuban national pride.

A serving of flan in a white bowl

Local Cuisine

Food is a cornerstone of the Cuban culture, so arrive hungry. Must-try dishes include ropa vieja (shredded beef), arroz con moro (Cuban rice and beans), fried plantains, and of course flan. Rum is a staple served at virtually every Cuban restaurant, so be sure to wash down your croquetas with a mojito or a Cuba Libre.

Cuban cigars in Cuba

ONE-STOP SHOPPING

Visit the Centro Cultural Antiguos Almacenes de Deposito San Jose, an open-air market in Desampardos known for Cuban artwork, wood crafts, creative jewelry designs, and guayabera shirts. Or head to Palacio De La Artesania for cigars, souvenirs, and handicrafts.

DAY 8 - DOCKED

Havana, Cuba

DEPARTS:
5:00 PM
WHERE YESTERDAY

LIVES TODAY

Step into a time warp where classic cars, stately squares, and crumbling estates hint at a history begging to be discovered. Havana may be a look into the past, but its iconic music, distinctive culture, and nostalgic allure never get old.

Native woman dressed as Oshun Goddess in Havana, Cuba
Vingage rides parked in Havana, Cuba
Cuba, Havana - View of Gaspare Di Caro light art show over Havana Cathedral

Step into a time warp where classic cars, stately squares, and crumbling estates hint at a history begging to be discovered. Havana may be a look into the past, but its iconic music, distinctive culture, and nostalgic allure never get old.

Native woman dressed as Oshun Goddess in Havana, Cuba
Vingage rides parked in Havana, Cuba
Cuba, Havana - View of Gaspare Di Caro light art show over Havana Cathedral
Things To Do

in Havana

Woman enjoying a drive through Havana in a vintage pink car

Old School Cruising

There are plenty of driver services in Havana offering scenic rides along the waterfront in a classic American car. Or hop in one of the many bicitaxis— rickshaw-style bikes that are both affordable and a great way to sightsee.

Cuba, Havana - Old Square (Plaza Vieja)

Turn Back Time

Stroll through the plazas of Habana Vieja, where you can visit cigar factories, sip “agua de coco” and browse colorful stands selling antiques and memorabilia— all while soaking up the intriguing sights and sounds of this six-hundred-year-old slice of Havana.

Outdoor mosaic tile museum by Cuban artist, José Fuster, Havana Cuba

Step into Fusterlandia

Cruise to Havana and wander along spiraling walkways past fountains and sculptures covered in vibrant mosaic tiles in Jaimanitas, a district just west of central Havana. Artist Jose Fuster has transformed this suburban neighborhood into a Gaudí-esque wonderland of realism, modernism, and a healthy dose of Cuban national pride.

A serving of flan in a white bowl

Local Cuisine

Food is a cornerstone of the Cuban culture, so arrive hungry. Must-try dishes include ropa vieja (shredded beef), arroz con moro (Cuban rice and beans), fried plantains, and of course flan. Rum is a staple served at virtually every Cuban restaurant, so be sure to wash down your croquetas with a mojito or a Cuba Libre.

Cuban cigars in Cuba

ONE-STOP SHOPPING

Visit the Centro Cultural Antiguos Almacenes de Deposito San Jose, an open-air market in Desampardos known for Cuban artwork, wood crafts, creative jewelry designs, and guayabera shirts. Or head to Palacio De La Artesania for cigars, souvenirs, and handicrafts.

DAY 9 - Arrival Day

Miami, Florida

ARRIVES:
7:00 AM

Blazing With Adventure

Head west of the city for a bike ride past alligators on the Everglades’ Shark Valley route. Take the kids to the Miami Children’s Museum, or paddle a kayak through Biscayne Bay. Come evening, indulge in haute cuisine at a swanky beachside restaurant— all before cocktails and dancing amid The Magic City’s trendy nightlife scene.

Entrance pathway to beach in Miami, Florida
Sunny Day at South Beach in Miami, Florida

Head west of the city for a bike ride past alligators on the Everglades’ Shark Valley route. Take the kids to the Miami Children’s Museum, or paddle a kayak through Biscayne Bay. Come evening, indulge in haute cuisine at a swanky beachside restaurant— all before cocktails and dancing amid The Magic City’s trendy nightlife scene.

Entrance pathway to beach in Miami, Florida
Sunny Day at South Beach in Miami, Florida
Things To Do

in Miami

Art Deco architecture of Collins Avenue in Miami, Florida

Sobe It

South Beach is a bright hot spot no matter what time of day. Soak up the sun along the shore and admire the Art Deco gems along lively Ocean Drive. Stroll busy Collins Avenue, sip mojitos in beach bars, dance in ultra-hip nightclubs, and enjoy the best people watching in the city.

Close up of men smoking Cuban cigars in Miami, Florida

Called Culture

Experience Miami’s Cuban traditions along Calle Ocho in Little Havana. Here you can wander streets filled with fiery salsa sounds and meet locals smoking cigars over a game of dominoes. From its colorfully painted rooster statues to its hand-rolled cigar shops and open-air fruit markets, this is as authentic as it gets.

Artistic painted mural in Wynwood, Miami

Blank Canvas

Unleash your creative side with a jaunt through the Wynwood Art District during your Miami cruise. Every façade in this art-centric neighborhood comes decked out in vibrant life-size murals by globally recognized talents. And don’t miss Wynwood Walls, a collection of old warehouses adorned with abstract paintings, graffiti quotes and unique sculptures.

Plate of Ropa Vieja, traditional Cuban food in Miami

Local Cuisine

Miami is an international culinary powerhouse. Michelin-starred chefs fill many kitchens and Latin American flavors highlight many menus. You can’t miss the city’s signature Cuban food: Enjoy pastelitos (pastries) for breakfast, lunch on a famous frita (spicy burger), then savor ropa vieja (beef stew) for dinner. If seafood is your thing, crack into succulent stone crab claws, a true South Florida delicacy.

Waterfront view of Bayside Mall in Miami, Florida

Shopping

Bayside Marketplace, across from the port, is a popular waterfront shopping spot for visitors. Locals love the quirky boutiques in Coconut Grove. Lincoln Road Mall spans 10 blocks of shops— and Miracle Mile is a long string of specialty stores. Cruise to Miami and head to Calle Ocho for hand-stitched guayabera shirts and hand-rolled Cuban cigars.

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