Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Where do I fly to?
A: The voyage will embark and disembark in two different ports; Havana and Cienfuegos. Guests may fly roundtrip Havana or may fly into/out of Cienfuegos. (It’s a matter of personal choice). Most will find roundtrip air to/from Havana the easier option.
Q: When should I book my air?
A: Air reservations will not be available until 11 months before the cruise (i.e. not until April, 2018). Roger will happily handle all your air reservations [including "points" redemption if Aeroplan] and has agreed to waive his service fees for all participants in our Group.
Q: How do I get from Havana airport to Cienfuegos or the reverse?
A: Various transfer options between Havana airport and the port in Cienfuegos for those purchasing round-trip Havana tickets will be available for purchase. SeaDream will offer transfer options via modern air-conditioned motor coach and possibly private sedan. Cost and schedules will be available soon.
Q: How far is Cienfuegos from Havana airport?
A: Ground travel time is about 2.5 – 3 hours.
Q: What time should I plan my flights to arrive and depart Cuba?
A: Due to ground transfer times, we strongly recommend the following flight guidelines:
- Flights arriving on the day of Embarkation should arrive into Havana or Cienfuegos, no later than 12 noon.
- Flights departing on the day of Debarkation should depart Havana not before 12 noon.
Q: What time is Embarkation?
A: 2:00pm to 4:00pm; which is the same as most other SeaDream voyages
Q: What Yachting Land Adventures will be available in Cuba?
A: Travel to Cuba by citizens of the United States remains restricted. SeaDream’s Cuba program meets certain specific requirements for exemption from this restriction, but only under specific conditions. In general, US citizens must participate in government approved cultural, historical and person-to-person activities on a daily basis when in a Cuban port. These required Land Adventures are included with all guests voyage fare. SeaDream’s Cuba Land Adventures are undergoing special development, to meet the high expectations of SeaDream and our guests. By November 1, 2017 we will publish the final details of Cuba Yachting Land Adventures.
Q: What is the currency and credit card situation in Cuba?
Debit and credit cards may not be accepted at many locations, but there are cash machines. Cuban currency is CUC, which is 1:1 with the USD. Currency onboard the yacht remains USD.
Information regarding travel on SeaDream within Cuba
Travel to Cuba by citizens of the United States remains restricted. SeaDream’s Cuba program meets certain specific requirements for exemption from this restriction, but only under specific conditions. In general, US Citizens must participate in government approved cultural, historical, and person to person activities on a daily basis when in a Cuban port. This requirement will be built into our land adventures program, and a select land adventure will be included for all guests in each Cuban port. As always, a valid passport is required for travel for all guests, and visas for some may be required. Other travel requirements may apply.
Once booked, we will recommend that guests of all nationalities contact their appropriate government agency or a professional visa service regarding any additional requirements that may be needed for travel to Cuba.
Consult the US State Department’s website for important information related to Cuba travel, including information about safety, infrastructure, currency, and general expectations here.
A valid Passport with at least 2 blank pages is required for travel by all guests to Cuba. US Citizens require a Tourist Card to enter Cuba, which may be purchased through your airline. Contact them directly for details. Special requirements may apply to Cuban-born US Citizens. Contact a Visa service like CIBT for assistance.
Travel to Cuba is still restricted for US Citizens. Your travel is allowed specifically due to your passage booked aboard SeaDream Yacht Club. This exception does not necessarily cover any pre- or post-voyage plans you have made independent of your SeaDream voyage. Check with a Visa service like CIBT for assistance.
US Citizens must participate in approved SeaDream-provided Yachting Land Adventures (every day, when in port) that meet Cuban government requirements for exception to the travel restriction. These required YLAs are included in the cost of your vacation. SeaDream is working with tour experts to ensure that these required tours meet SeaDream standards.
Details and upgrade options will be communicated to you in early November. Please do not make private arrangements as they may not meet requirements.
A valid Passport with at least 2 blank pages is required for travel by all guests to Cuba. The purchase of travel insurance may be required. A Visa may be required to travel to Cuba. We recommend you contact a local Visa service as well as consult your nation’s governmental agency who handles travel requirements. For your convenience, here is a list for some of our guests:
- Embassy and Consulates of Cuba in Canada
- Embassy of Cuba in Norway
- Foreign Ministry Travel Information Norway
- Foreign Ministry Travel Information UK
- Foreign Ministry Travel Information Denmark
- Embassy of Cuba in Sweden
- Embassy of Cuba in Germany
- Embassy of Cuba in South Africa
- Embassy of Cuba in Australia
More information: Overview / Itinerary / Suites, Staterooms & Deck Plans / FAQ & Information for US CItizens / Prices