If you’re serious about immersing yourself in another culture, join us on this exciting opportunity. On this program, you will have the opportunity to visit local churches and ministries, meet the Cuban faith community and rub elbows with the locals.
Encourage the Cuban people to share their stories with the you, you will discover, they have stories worth sharing!
A unique part of the cruise will be your impact excursions in each port. Excursions are included in your cruise package. These exciting excursions are designed to give you a true faith and cultural immersion experience. You will learn about the lives and aspirations of the Cuban people. The excursions will involve visits to local churches and ministries and time to interact with the leaders and congregations.
Book your passengers with peace of mind, knowing that they are traveling on a comprehensive People-to-People group itinerary that features Faith Based shore excursions as well as interactive and educationally enriching on board activities in compliance with the OFAC (Office of Foreign Assets Control) requirements.
Additionally, ETS in conjunction with Celestyal Cruises provides certification attesting to the participation of American citizens in the approved People-to-People group program.
FAITH BASED SHORE EXCURSIONS
Cuba’s colorful capital is probably best known for the Spanish influenced architecture of Old Havana. But its historic castles, fortresses, cathedrals, mansions and public buildings vie for
attention with the city’s lively music and entertainment scene, an eclectic and sophisticated mix of museums, art galleries, music, dance, and open-air festivals that take full advantage of the island’s sunny Caribbean climate. Meet with clergy and laity when we visit a local church.
Santiago de Cuba
Visit with a local congregation this morning before discovering the distinctly Caribbean spirit of Santiago de Cuba, evident in every aspect of the city’s Afro-Cuban cultural life. Cuba’s second largest city is home to the popular festivals of Carnaval and the Fiesta del Fuego, as well as to many of the country’s most famed musicians and artists. Its diverse architecture ranges from the Spanish coastal fortress of Castillo del Morro to the red-domed towers of the Basílica de Nuestra Señora de la Caridad del Cobre, Cuba’s most sacred pilgrimage site within Soberania National Park.
The coastal city of Cienfuegos is known to Cubans as “the Pearl of the South.” Near the entrance to the bay stands the imposing fortress of Castillo de Jagua, built in 1745 to protect the city against pirate attacks.
OPTIONAL MISSION EXCURSION - $100
Montego Bay, Jamaica
Join us in visiting children and teachers at a Christian school in the hills outside town and then learn about the ministries of a downtown church. You may choose other activities like a round
of golf, duty-free shopping or browse the local crafts at open-air markets. Tour pineapple plantations, art galleries and gardens or dance to the vibrant beat of a Reggae band
CELESTYAL CRYSTAL - ALL INCLUSIVE CRUISING
When you step aboard the Celestyal Crystal, you enter a world where modern technology meets the grand era of ocean travel. Her yacht inspired design and classic teak promenade decks evoke an intimate atmosphere, with all the amenities of a modern 5 star hotel. Enjoy spacious staterooms and suites, elegant restaurants, bars and lounges, an internet centre, spa and fitness rooms, and nine open promenade decks, where you can revel in the splendor of a starlit ocean sky. Onboard, you will have the chance to enjoy seminars on everything from Cuban culture, salsa dancing, authentic Cuban cooking and more. The staff onboard includes a majority of Cuban born workers in all capacities that provide top notch service with a smile.