People-to-People Cuba Program On Mega Yachts

Variety Voyager

Michael Goren, CEO of Group IST, announced that “Group IST’s pioneering People-to-People Cuba programs, operated together with Variety Cruises, are compliant with the new policies announced by the current administration and are moving full steam ahead.”

Goren continued, “We have been operating in Cuba for more than 4 years, and will continue our extensive People-to-People programs which use three of Variety Cruises’ 50-72 passenger vessels, the 49-passenger Panorama, the 3 masted sail cruiser, the elegant 34-passenger Variety Callisto, and the newest addition to Variety Cruises’ fleet of motor yachts, the luxury 72-passenger Variety Voyager (pictured). In fact our Cuba programs are unique because our small vessels enable us to access ports and islands that the large cruise lines cannot, such as Isla de Juventud – the Isle of Youth, Maria La Gorda, Cayo Largo, and the historic Cienfuegos.”

Group IST’s Sights and Sounds of Cuba and The Cuban Panorama cruises engage with locals on a content-rich 8-day journey. Embarking in Havana to Cienfuegos (or the reverse), guests begin their Cuba experience exploring the music, architecture, and art of this vibrant Caribbean capital all while staying on one of Variety Cruises’ three mega yachts. Each People-to-People itinerary includes the charming colonial city of Trinidad and on the Callisto and Panorama, a stop to see the tobacco farms in Vinales. All this with the cruise travel advantage- no packing and unpacking!

The award-winning Variety Cruises vessels are well known for their average of one-to-two-crew-to-passenger ratio and personal service. Group IST’s staff is always available to accommodate special requirements of all their guests.

Group IST Makes Solo Travel to Cuba More Affordable

Group IST is making their special People-to-People cultural Cuba experience more affordable for solo travelers on nine Group IST Cuba cruise departures by waiving single supplements. Group IST is offering a special reduced rate on the following departure dates; November 17th, 24th, December 1st, 8th, 15th in 2017, and in 2018, January 5th.
The small ship voyage experience is ideal for the solo traveler. Each yacht is an intimate on-board community of like-minded people who share a cultural curiosity and passion for learning about all aspects of Cuba.
Whether traveling to have meaningful exchanges with the locals or experience the culture of the destination, guests traveling solo to Cuba on Group IST can save from $1000 to as much as $4,500 on the 9 designated departures (depending upon the category of the cabin). Rates for the sailings include in-depth guided land visits, insuring a safe, built-in group to experience Cuba; yet the solo traveler can enjoy the privacy of a single cabin.

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