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Location: Miami, Florida; Havana, Cuba; Cienfuegos, Cuba; Santiago de Cuba, Cuba
Trip Leader: John W. Williams, JD
Dates: January 12–20, 2019
Cost: Starting at $2,349/person for a double-occupancy (shared) room
Trip Capacity: 20 minimum
Registration Deadline: Based on availability
Final Payment Deadline: September 15, 2018

Trip Overview

Open the door to Cuba’s soul on this weeklong luxury cruise through the heart of this once-forbidden island nation. You'll board Oceania’s Sirena in Miami and make your way to Havana, Cuba’s largest city and the epicenter of the nation’s lively lifestyle. Go beyond the tourist destinations during your two days in Havana with unparalleled exclusive excursions. With intimate group sizes and uniquely educational experiences, these excursions—offered exclusively to Principia Lifelong Learning travelers—allow you to dive into the city’s five hundred years of history and culture. From Havana, we'll sail the warm waters of the Caribbean Sea to the astounding bayside city of Cienfuegos, a former French settlement that remains a paragon of 19th-century urban planning. Then, we'll sail to Santiago de Cuba, the birthplace of Desi Arnaz and the site of the Cuban Revolution’s victory proclamation.

The trip includes the following:

  • Free airfare from major U.S. and Canadian cities*
  • 4 free shore excursions OR $400 in shipboard credit, per cabin. Note: Guests in the same stateroom must choose the same free amenity.
  • Gourmet, open-seating restaurants at no additional charge
  • Unlimited complimentary soft drinks and bottled water, cappuccino, espresso, tea, and juice
  • Entertainment and use of facilities aboard the ship
  • Enrichment programs, including seminars led by naturalists, historians, and local experts
  • Speaker sessions led by Principia Lifelong Learning faculty member John Williams
  • Air and cruise-related government taxes, surcharges, and fees
  • Unlimited internet
  • Attentive service from an experienced Go Next Program Manager throughout the voyage
  • A Welcome Reception to meet your fellow Principia Lifelong Learning passengers
  • Comprehensive pre-departure information including select shore excursion packages

* Free airfare does not include ground transfers and applies to coach, roundtrip flights only from select gateways. Gateways are subject to change at any time, and some gateways may require an additional charge. 

The following are not included:

  • Roundtrip airport transfers
  • Any checked baggage fees imposed by the airlines
  • Travel Protection Insurance, priced according to your stateroom category, may be purchased from Go Next and is provided by Trip Mates
  • Upgrades, supplements, and personal expenses
  • Cruise ship staff gratuities, which are $16.50 per day, per person

Meet Your Trip Leader

John Williams has taught at Principia College for over 30 years. His areas of expertise include American government and politics, political communications, comparative politics (post-communist and third world nations), law (legal process, constitutional law, media law), and communication. He has directed numerous study abroad programs to China, Vietnam, Mongolia, and Kazakhstan. In addition to his teaching duties, John has written for The Telegraph (Alton, IL), managed a dozen local political campaigns (for mayors and judges), and been a columnist for the Jersey County Journal. Before joining the faculty, he worked for the U.S. Department of Justice and practiced law. John serves as President of the College's Faculty Senate.