- November 20, 2020 — Fort Lauderdale, FL
Welcome to Fort Lauderdale! There is an
abundance of things to see and do in the
area: visit the Fort Lauderdale Beach and
cafés, stroll the historic Riverwalk, shop the
luxurious stores on Las Olas Boulevard or
venture to the Everglades for an intriguing
air boat excursion.
- November 21, 2020 — Havana, Cuba
While most Americans have never been there due to the
U.S. government’s embargo of Cuba which started in
1962, the very word Havana still evokes a set of specific
images—candy-colored vintage cars puttering along
picturesque streets; smiling musicians playing familiar
tropical tunes whose rhythms are so infectious that nearly
everyone is seduced into dancing; cigar-smoking and
rum-sipping locals against a palm-fringed background.
There’s a reason these have become the stereotypical
visual symbols of Cuba’s capital city, but dive beneath
the surface and you’ll find so much more: world-class
sports matches, centuries-old historic sites and even
a Chinatown in midst of a cultural revival. And while
Havana may not be a global culinary capital (for the
moment, at least), you can find plenty of delicious
dishes served in friendly casual restaurants run out
of private homes or in more-upscale spots with city
and water views. As for shopping, you’ll definitely be
able to purchase unique souvenirs to take home, from
photo books about Cuban culture sold at the island’s
only English-language bookstore to a hand-blended
perfume or cologne packaged in a bottle that looks like a
throwback to another era.
- November 22, 2020 — Havana, Cuba / At Sea
- November 23, 2020 — Cienfuegos, Cuba
The city of Cienfuegos is also the capital of the province of the same name. A port city on Cuba’s southern coast, Cienfuegos has played an
important role in Cuba’s history since it was founded in 1819, when the island was still Spanish territory, and today it remains one of the country’s
important commercial centers—a transit point for coffee, sugarcane and tobacco. It has both welcomed and resisted incursions from various people
and interests over the past two centuries.
Both as the heart of Cuba’s sugar industry and as the birthplace of famous Cubans past and present, such as singer Benny Moré and baseball stars
José Abreu and Yasiel Puig, the city looms large in Cuban consciousness, but it isn’t always on visitors’ itineraries, which is a shame. Cienfuegos
boasts numerous attractions that give a fuller, more complex view of Cuban life, culture and history. This fact was recognized by UNESCO
in 2005, when the organization inscribed the old center of Cienfuegos, with its many stately neoclassical buildings and “harmonious overall
townscape” (to borrow UNESCO’s description), onto its World Heritage List.
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- November 24, 2020 — Georgetown, Grand Cayman Islands
The Cayman Islands have everything you would want from a
Caribbean destination—warm breezes, clear seas and a laid-back
attitude—but the archipelago also has something you might not
expect: an exciting culinary scene. Between the celebrity chefs
who’ve set up shop on Grand Cayman and the 135 or so resident
nationalities that have helped season the island’s giant melting pot,
this is, hands down, one of the best places to eat in the Caribbean.
In and around George Town, the Cayman Islands’ capital, you’ll find
such an amazing array of culinary offerings, you’ll fear for the future of
any buttons, snaps or hooks on your waistband.
And that’s where the island’s other chief pleasures come in: There’s
enough walking (whether along the fabled Seven Mile Beach, around
historic sites or through lush gardens) as well as stunning swimming,
snorkeling and diving to be done to counter the effects of... So. Much.
Good. Food. Oh, and one warning: Should you wind up at Rum
Point—Grand Cayman’s castaway beach imago—there’s a good
chance your ship is, by your own design, sailing without you.
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- Novemeber 25, 2020 — Cozumel, Mexico
Start your day off with a splash! Cozumel
Island is one of the world’s premiere dive
spots; the northern part of the Mesoamerican
barrier reef lies just 200 yards off the shore.
Snorkel above or dive alongside the reef for
a chance to see exotic fish, lobsters, crabs,
eels, stingrays and other sea critters. For
those more akin to land, take a ferry across
the channel to Tulum, where beautiful Mayan
ruins sit perched on dramatic sea cliffs
overlooking the Mexican Caribbean.
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- Novemeber 26, 2020 — At Sea
- November 27, 2020 — Fort Lauderdale, FL
day, you’ll disembark in Fort Lauderdale and head home.