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Day 1 – Miami, FL – Today, arrive into Miami, FL for an overnight stay at a Miami Beach Hotel. Dinner is on your own.
Day 2 – Little Havana Tour & Board the MSC Armonia – After breakfast this morning, you will meet a local guide for a Little Havana Art Tour. Little Havana boasts a thriving arts and culture scene with a distinctly Cuban flair. The streets are colorful with both painted and mosaic tile murals. They depict symbols of Cuba, like tropical fruit, musical instruments, dominos, and cigars, while others illustrate Cuban legends, from poet and revolutionary Jose Marti to the singer Celia Cruz who once performed in the neighborhood.
Set sail this afternoon aboard the MSC Armonia on a six night cruise bound for Cuba, a historical and artistic treasure that can only be admired – from the sea and from the land. Strategically located between the Caribbean Sea, the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic Ocean, this splendid island is caressed by the trade winds and enjoys a tropical climate with humid summers and dry winters.
Tonight, get to know the MSC Armonia, which was extensively overhauled in late 2014. The ship has been tailored with a wide range of amenities and services for families; exquisite, varied dining offerings; outstanding, all-hours entertainment; a broad choice of relaxation and wellness options, and more, all provided with a touch of Mediterranean flair and flavor.
Day 3 – Day at Sea – Enjoy a relaxing day at sea. The MSC Armonia offers a full spectrum of activities. You may want to spend some time soaking up the sun or pampering yourself in the Balinese Spa. Do a little duty free shopping. See a show at the Teatro La Fenice Theatre or try your luck in the Casino.
Day 4- George Town, Cayman Islands – The capital of the island and of the country, it is a traditional Caribbean city with colorful wooden houses that alternate with newer buildings. The houses on the narrow George Town streets are interspersed with artisan workshops, where you can find some rarities to take home as a reminder of your MSC cruise in the Caribbean Sea. Lovers of shopping will also find great satisfaction in the Cayman Islands: the entire country is duty free.
Day 5 – Cozumel, Mexico – A 25 mile long island directly off the coast from Playa del Carmen, Isla Cozumel is a renowned cruise-ship call: nearly every day, up to ten cruise ships dock at one of the island’s three dedicated piers, all just south of the only town, San Miguel. Explore the restaurants, souvenir shops and jewelry stores, all along the malecón (Av Rafael Melgar) in downtown San Miguel.
If you fancy a museum, the attractive Museo de la Isla de Cozumel has small displays of the flora, fauna and marine life of the island, as well as a good collection of Maya artifacts and old photos. If you’re not a diver, there’s a certain appeal in wandering the relaxed inland blocks of San Miguel, away from the piers, spotting Maya ruins and birds (the Maya called the island cuzamil – “land of the swallows”) in the dense forests and being the only person on the windswept eastern beaches.
Day 6 – Havana, Cuba – Havana’s buildings have sinuous lines, and its colors and spiced aromas are intoxicating. The aroma of the city’s famous cigars floats through the air, beaches of sugary hues smoothly transition into transparent waters of the sea, music accompanies the captivating movements of the Caribbean dances, and cars from a different century create a moving exhibit in the streets of the city centre. Explore the capital, a populous city full of contradictions with over two million inhabitants. One of the must see places to visit is Castillo del Morro: a fortress constructed on a hill in the 16th century that takes its name from one of the Biblical Wise Men.
Day 7 – Havana, Cuba – Enjoy another day in Havana. Visit Vieja Habana (Old Havana), a UNESCO world heritage site, with its Plaza San Francisco de Asis, Plaza de Armas, Plaza Vieja and Plaza de la Catedral. Bodeguita del Medio, a locale where personalities such as Ernest Hemingway, Salvador Allende and Pablo Neruda often stopped to sip a mojito, is a must stop.
El Capitolio (the Capital Building), one of Cuba’s symbols, stands out in its whiteness from amongst the colorful colonial buildings. Plaza de la Revolución is also of great impact; here the memorial to the national hero José Martí and the Interior Ministry with the famous image of Che Guevara made by Enrique Ávila and inspired by a statue of Alberto Korda, are situated.
Day 8 – Miami & Disembark – Arrive back in Miami this morning you disembark and begin your journey home.