Passengers sail out of Havana aboard the Panorama II on a Group IST people-to-people program.
IST, which offers a seven-night, sail-around people-to-people program in Cuba
aboard its two Panorama sailing yachts, has cut prices on its shoulder and
low-season departures and will add a third vessel for the November 2016-April
2017 season, according to CEO Michael Goren.
third vessel, the Variety Voyager motor yacht, can accommodate 71 passengers in
36 cabins and has a spa and multiple decks. The three-masted Panorama and the
two-masted Panorama II each accommodate between 48 passengers and a crew of
and demand for travel to Cuba are growing, but Cuba’s hotel infrastructure is
limited and space is at a premium. We are one of the few players that can
control inventory with our sailing yachts,” Goren said.
rates on the Panorama departures in shoulder season (May, June, October and
November) begin at $3,500 per person for a Category C cabin on the Panorama II,
down from $4,598.
season rates (July through September) start at $2,990 per person, down from
do not include roundtrip charter air from Miami of $599 (commission is $50 for
agents) or port charges of $395.
Panorama II offers year-round departures; the itinerary on both sailing yachts
visits Havana, Maria La Gorda on the far western tip of Cuba, Caya Largo,
Trinidad and Cienfuegos and includes a full schedule of people-to-people