With 84 German tourists on board, the World Voyager cruise ship docked this Monday morning within the bay of the Cuban city of Cienfuegos for a stay of just over a day.
It thus became the primary ship of her type to reach on the so-called Pearl of the South on this tourist season, after the stop brought on by the pandemic.
In accordance with official media, during their first hours within the southern city the cruise passengers visited a cigar factory, enjoyed the attractions of the Palacio de Valle and a lunch on the Cienfuegos Club. Additionally they planned to go to the San Fernando Boulevard and the Santa Isabel corridor, along with meeting with local artists on the Provincial Museum.
— Radio Ciudad del Mar (@radiocienfuegos) December 27, 2021
This system conceived for this Tuesday includes excursions to the neighboring towns of Trinidad and Playa Girón. This was reported by specialists from the Havanatur International Group of Tour Operators and Travel Agencies, in command of the stopover in Cuba of the World Voyager, a 126-meter-long luxury cruise ship operated by the German shipping company Nicko Cruises.
Yosmany Díaz Morrell, assistant deputy director of Havanatur, told the Agencia Cubana de Noticias (ACN) news agency that the target is to keep up and position the territory as a protected destination, “each for individuals who come by air and by sea, with compliance with all of the protocols and under the strict surveillance of the International Health Control to ensure the security of travelers and stop a re-outbreak of COVID-19.”
After completing its stay in Cienfuegos, the World Voyager will set sail to Cayo Largo del Sur after which to María la Gorda, in Pinar del Río, to finish its itinerary in Havana on December 31. Within the Cuban capital, cruise passengers will bid goodbye to 2021 and can receive the new 12 months after which proceed to the Caribbean.
The ship, in-built 2020 and with a capability for 200 people, set sail from Santo Domingo, within the Dominican Republic, and touched Cuban lands on December 25 through the port of Santiago de Cuba, to mark the restart of tourist activity on the island for this kind of ship.
Llega a Santiago de Cuba primer crucero de la temporada
Within the eastern Cuban province, tourists were capable of visit several emblematic sites, equivalent to the Santa Basílica Metropolitana Iglesia Catedral, Heredia Street, Céspedes Park, the Museum of Cuban Historical Environment (Casa Diego Velázquez), the Loma de San Juan Urban Historic Site, the San Pedro de la Roca Castle and the Santa Ifigenia Cemetery.
Because it became known, the ship is predicted to return to the bay of Santiago on February 5, 2022 to start out a new itinerary across the Island.
The arrival of cruise ships to Cuba, in addition to the rise in air operations with the resumption or establishment of new routes by international airlines, support the purposes of the country’s tourism authorities to receive 2.5 million international visitors in 2022. For the following 12 months, the federal government projects a gradual economic recovery, and achieve a GDP growth of 4% with the boost being given to tourism, after the consequences of COVID-19 within the last two years.