Be among the first U.S. travelers in over 50 years to experience Cuba while sailing aboard the exclusively chartered, three-masted M.Y. LE PONANT beneath its 16,000 square feet of billowing white sails. This exciting 10-day program provides an unprecedented People-to-People opportunity--engaging local Cubans and U.S. travelers with one another to openly share commonalities of values and interests--in this historical moment when the countries are reshaping their future relationship. Traverse the breadth of Cuba, from Santiago de Cuba to Havana, with six nights aboard the ship and three nights in Havana, and experience firsthand the true character of the Caribbean's largest and most complex island. See the UNESCO World Heritage sites of Old Havana, Cienfuegos, Trinidad and the Vinales Valley. Accompanied by experienced, English-speaking Cuban hosts, immerse yourself in a comprehensive and intimate travel experience that explores the history, culture, art, language, cuisine and rhythms of daily Cuban life. Interact with local Cuban experts including musicians, artists, farmers, academics and architects.
Day 1: Fly to Miami, FL
Day 2: Depart Miami / Holguin, Cuba / Santiago de Cuba, Embark M.Y. LE PONANT
Day 3: Santiago de Cuba
Day 4: Santiago de Cuba
Day 5: Cruising the Caribbean Sea
Day 6: Trinidad
Day 7: Cienfuegos for Santa Clara
Day 8: Cienfuegos / Disembark ship / Havana
Day 9: Havana
Day 10: Havana / Pinar del Rio and Vinales Valley
Day 11: Havana / Return to the U.S.
Marysa Navarro is the Charles A. and Elfriede A. Collis Professor of History and Latin American and Caribbean Studies, Emerita. She began teaching at Dartmouth College in 1968 and became the first tenured woman faculty member at Dartmouth. She taught Pre-Columbian, Colonial and Contemporary Latin American History. Her research centered on Argentine Political History and social movements in Latin America, especially the women's movement and feminism. Since retiring from Dartmouth, she has become a Resident Scholar at the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies, Harvard University. Professor Navarro was born in Navarra, Spain. One of her current projects is a history and a memoir of her family, from the proclamation of the Republic in 1931 through the Spanish Civil War and WWII. She is also working on a history of the Pan American Union and the Inter American Commission of Women. She was the first to teach Cuban history at Dartmouth College. In addition to several visits for research, she has led six Dartmouth alumni trips to Cuba. She has also led over a dozen alumni trips to the Caribbean, South America and Spain.