Louis Cruises has chartered the Louis Cristal to a new Canadian company for a series of 15 Cuba voyages in winter 2013-14. The season will run from Dec. 16, 2013, to March 31, 2014. Louis will provide vessel management services, including the delivery of the onboard product, for the new company called Cuba Cruise.
The new cruises are priced from CD$586 for a seven-day circumnavigation of Cuba. Each cruise will visit beaches, six UNESCO world heritage sites and four national parks and preserves. Cruises are commissionable to travel agents at 12 percent, with land excursions and beverage packages commissionable at 8 percent. Cuba Cruise said it has “received overwhelming support from the people of Cuba and the Cuban Tourist Board.”
The 480-stateroom, 25,611-ton ship Louis Cristal will depart from Havana and Montego Bay, Jamaica. All dining aboard Cuba Cruise will feature imported Canadian produce, beef and other food products (most notably in the a la carte Alberta Steakhouse) and specialty Cuban dishes. The entertainment program is expected to feature Cuban performers, along with North American content including satellite broadcasts of hockey and football games in the Canada Sports Bar. The president of Cuba Cruise is Dugald Wells, a 20-year veteran of the cruise industry who was honored in 2006 by Travel + Leisure Magazine as one of the Top 35 Innovators in travel.