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Mexico & Cuba Cruise

  • Cruise the Caribbean Islands
  • Visit the stunning Riviera Maya
Includes Return International Flights

Spectacular coastal scenery, sleepy villages and fascinating Mayan ruins - treat yourself with a holiday that experiences the vibrant coastal lifestyle and history of Mexico, Cuba & beyond.

Cruise the Caribbean and enjoy the Mexican and Cuban way of life on this epic 18 Day land and sea package. Kick up your heels on gorgeous coastal Cancun and Riviera Maya on the Yucatan Peninsula. Immerse yourself in centuries old history with tours to UNESCO-listed archaeological sites including Tulum, Uxmal and Chichen-Itza, a New 7 Wonders of the World. Discover Mayan pyramids, monasteries and take a dip in a gorgeous natural cenote. Relax in island paradise with a seven night cruise aboard MSC's spectacular Opera ship. Sail stunning destinations including Havana, Isla de Rotan, Belize City, Costa Maya and Isla de la Juventud. Includes return flights, 33 meals and professional English-speaking tour leader.

ITINERARY

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Today depart from Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, *Adelaide or *Perth for your flight to Cancun, Mexico. Fly with either American Airlines, Delta Airways, United Airlines, Virgin Australia or Air Canada to name a few (subject to availability). Upon arrival into Cancun a transfer will be arranged to the hotel to relax for the remainder of the evening at leisure. Please note: If departing from PERTH your flight will depart the night before (Day 0)

BeachScape Kin Ha Villas & Suites, Cancun

Meals included: In-Flight

Today meet your tour leader and depart to Chichen Itza. It was a large pre-Columbian city built by the Mayan people of the Terminal Classic period. The famous Mayan pyramids of Chichen Itza are over 1500 years old. The name Chichen Itza is a Mayan word: CHI (mouth) CHEN (well) and ITZA (of the Itzaes). Some say this is because people were often thrown into the nearby cenote as sacrifices, and those who survived were believed to be seers. Chichen-Itza is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is one of the 'New 7 World Wonders', a unique place to be discovered! Enjoy the remainder of the day free at leisure.

Hotel Villas Arqueologicas, Chichen Itza

Meals included: Breakfast

After breakfast, visit the archaeological site of Chichen Itza – one of the New 7 Wonders of the World – is the best restored of Yucatan’s Mayan sites. Explore the magnificent ruins set in a dense jungle, including the Pyramid of Kukulcan – its height and striking geometric design dominating the whole site, the Great Ball Court – the largest and most impressive in Mesoamerica, the Sacred Cenote – a natural well used for human sacrifice, and many other beautiful temples. In the afternoon, drive to Merida the ancient Mayan city, via Izamal. In ancient times, Izamal was a centre for the worship of the supreme Mayan god, Itzamna, and the sun god, Kinich-Kakmo. A dozen temple pyramids were devoted to these gods. Perhaps these bold expressions of religion are why the Spanish colonists chose Izamal as the site for an enormous Franciscan monastery – the Convento de San Antonio de Padua - which today stands at the heart of the town. See the impressive monastery, the Mayan ruins, and the streets of this quiet, colonial gem, nicknamed “La Ciudad Amarilla” (the yellow city) for the traditional yellow that most buildings are painted in. Arrive in Merida, the social and economic centre, as well as the capital, of the state of Yucatan. The city’s main boulevard, Paseo Montejo, is home to impressive European-style mansions with pastel shades and elaborate trim, and are reminiscent of lavishly iced wedding cakes. Enjoy the rest of the day at leisure.

Hotel Del Gobernador, Merida

Meals included: Breakfast

Today visit the archaeological site of Uxmal, a World Heritage Site. Its architecture is characterised by low horizontal palaces set around courtyards, decorated with a profusion of symbolic motifs and sculptures depicting the long-nosed rain god Chaac. Explore the magnificent buildings, including the House of the Magician – which dominates the site, the Nunnery, and the House of Turtles. In the afternoon, take in a a bit of 1800s history with a drive to Yucatan’s only working henequen (sisal) hacienda (farm) ‘Sotuta de Peon’. During the tour of the hacienda, we will learn about the origins of henequen and details of Yucatan’s enormous henequen boom. We will see the whole transformation process of the henequen (sisal rope), from plant to fibre and from fibre to finished product, all done on centuries old machinery. We then get onto wooden carts pulled by mules, originally used by henequen workers, and take a ride into the henequen fields. At the end of the tour we can go for a refreshing swim in a cenote (water hole).

Hotel Del Gobernador, Merida

Meals included: Breakfast

After breakfast continue your journey to Riviera Maya via the magic town of Valladolid. Valladolid is the third largest city in Yucatan. Valladolid was built over the ancient Maya ceremonial centre or Zaci. The city centre on the Park Francisco Canton Rosad, where you will find the Church of San Gervasio. There are seven colonial churches and the city is nicknamed the "Sultan of the East" because of its colonial splendour. We keep driving to the archaeological site of Coba, built around a group of lakes, Coba is one of the largest Mayan cities, believed to have been inhabited by up to 40 thousand people. Explore the mostly unrestored temples set deep in tropical jungle, and climb the Great Pyramid of Nohoch Mul, the tallest Mayan structure on the Yucatan Peninsula. Afterwards arrive at your all-inclusive resort for the next three nights!

Grand Oasis Tulum Resort, Akumal

Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch;Dinner

From Cancun in the north to the archaeological site of Tulum in the south, stretches a magnificent coastline, peppered with tropical parks, snorkelling and diving havens, small rustic hotels and luxurious resorts on the Riviera Maya. Arrive in Akumal, which means “land of the turtles” in the Mayan language. It owes its enchantment to the fresh waters of its caves and subterranean rivers. More than 200 entrances to subterranean caves, with depths of up to 150 meters, make it a gathering place for divers from around the world. Afterwards take the opportunity to travel to Tulum (Not included), the only walled city the Mayan built and the only one by the edge of the Caribbean when the Spanish first came upon the site in 1518. The major construction is the Castle, a handsome pyramid perched on the edge of a cliff high above the pearl-white beaches below. From here one can see most of the ancient city, as well as a magnificent view of the coastline.

Grand Oasis Tulum Resort, Akumal

Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch;Dinner

Today spend a day at leisure in Riviera Maya, enjoy the Caribbean beaches, white sands, a coral reef and warm waters rich in marine life, including turtles. To the north, Half Moon Bay has a curved beach, while Yal-ku Lagoon teems with colourful tropical fish, stingrays and barracudas.

Grand Oasis Tulum Resort, Akumal

Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch;Dinner

After breakfast transfer to Cancun Airport for your flight to Havana, Cuba to start a marvellous MSC cruise in the Caribbean. Once in Havana transfer to the cruise terminal to start embarkation for your 7-night cruise on board ‘MSC Opera’ ship. The cruise will be docked overnight.

MSC Cruises - 'MSC Opera' ship

Meals included: Breakfast;In-Flight

Today spend a day in Cuban capital city. When in Havana you will be immediately struck by the city's sensuality. Its buildings have sinuous lines, and its colours and spiced aromas are intoxicating. The aroma of the city’s famous cigars floats through the air, beaches of sugary hues smoothly transition into transparent waters of the sea, music accompanies the captivating movements of the Caribbean dances, and cars from a different century create a moving exhibit in the streets of the city centre.

MSC Cruises - 'MSC Opera' ship

Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch;Dinner

MSC Cruises - 'MSC Opera' ship

Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch;Dinner

With a low mountain chain crossing it from end to end, Roatán, like the other islands in the bay, has deep coves protected by coral reefs along the coast facing Honduras, which have proved a safe landing place for ships through the centuries.

MSC Cruises - 'MSC Opera' ship

Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch;Dinner

This town will reveal a distinguished history, several superb sights and fascinating cultural spectacles. The city’s astonishing energy comes from its 76,000-plus inhabitants, who represent every ethnic group in the country, with the Creole descendants of former slaves and British Baymen forming the dominant element and generating an easy-going Caribbean atmosphere.

MSC Cruises - 'MSC Opera' ship

Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch;Dinner

Puerto Costa Maya is out of sight north of Mahahual, but its influence is felt on cruise-ship days, when the village springs to life with souvenir stands and jet-ski rentals along the slick seafront promenade.

MSC Cruises - 'MSC Opera' ship

Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch;Dinner

Isla de la Juventud could have served as an inspiration for the perfect deserted island setting for a thousand different adventures thought up by writers such as Stevenson and Barrie. With a shape similar to a giant apostrophe, it has less than 90,000 inhabitants: Nueva Gerona, its biggest city, is home to 15,000 of them.

MSC Cruises - 'MSC Opera' ship

Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch;Dinner

Arrive back in the port of Havana. Once you have disembarked you will be met by a representative and transferred to Havana airport for your flight back to Cancun, Mexico. At your arrival you will be transferred to your Hotel. Enjoy the rest of the day at leisure in the marvellous Caribbean city.

BeachScape Kin Ha Villas & Suites, Cancun

Meals included: Breakfast

After breakfast transfer enjoy the morning at leisure, before transferring to the airport for the return flight home to Australia, after one amazing trip-of-a-lifetime!

Meals included: Breakfast;In-Flight

Tour Inclusions

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  • Discover Mexico, Cuba and the best of the Caribbean Islands
  • Tour the wondrous highlights of Mexico
  • Dock in Cuba, Honduras and Belize
  • Experience the vibrant lifestyle of Cancun, Mexico
  • Visit the pyramids of Chichen Itza, one of the New 7 Wonders of the World
  • Stop in Izamal and see its impressive monastery, Mayan ruins and more
  • Discover the European-style city of Merida
  • Explore the ancient Mayan ruins of Uxmal, A UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Visit Yucatan’s only working hacienda (farm) 'Sotuta de Peon' and learn how sisal rope is made
  • Enjoy a refreshing swim in the azure waters of a cenote
  • Marvel at the sun-splashed pastel walls of Valladolid
  • Wander through the Mayan ruins of Coba and see the tallest pyramid in the Yucatan
  • Travel the magnificent coastline of the Riviera Maya
  • Stay on the Riviera Maya at the all-inclusive Grand Oasis Tulum Resort offering 5 star services
  • Enjoy a full day and night at leisure in beautiful Havana, Cuba
  • Dock in Roatán; one of Honduras’s diving and snorkeling meccas
  • Visit the fascinating cultural spectacles of Belize City
  • Relax on the beaches of beautiful Costa Maya, Mexico
  • Explore the Cuban island of de la Juventud
  • Return international flights (economy class) departing SYD/MEL/BNE/*ADL/*PER
  • Return international flight (economy class) from Cancun to Havana
  • 7 night MSC cruise through the Caribbean
  • Sail aboard the spectacular 'MSC Opera' ship
  • 8 nights hotel accommodation on tour
  • Enjoy 33 meals including all meals onboard cruise
  • Professional English-speaking tour leader
  • Transportation by A/C vehicles
  • Return cruise and airport transfers
  • Important info

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    After purchase, you will receive a receipt and a Purchase Confirmation email. You will also be directed to an online Passenger Information Form. You must complete your Passenger Information Form within 72 hours of purchase.

    Any special requests, preferences and optional extras MUST be clearly stated in your Passenger Information Form. Any change requested after submitting your Passenger Information form cannot be guaranteed, is strictly subject to availability and will incur surcharges as outlined in the Schedule of Fees below.

    On purchasing this Travel Offer you are bound by TripADeal’s standard Terms and Conditions in addition to the specific terms and conditions outlined in this Important Information. 

    Please Note: all additional charges are payable direct to TripADeal (unless otherwise stated).



    Travel offer is valid for travel on the 11th November 2017

    Travel offer is valid for one person based on twin share

    Single Traveller Supplement
    For solo travellers a mandatory single supplement applies
    - Inside BELLA Cabin: $1280
    - Ocean View FANTASTICA Cabin: $1550
    - Balcony FANTASTICA Cabin: $1830

    Departure Dates
    11th November 2017

    Departure Cities
    Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, *Adelaide or *Perth
    Please note: If departing from PERTH your flight will depart the night before (Day 0)

    Interstate Surcharges
    *Adelaide OR *Perth: $200 per person



    Airline(s) Used
    American Airlines, United Airlines, Delta Airlines, Virgin Australia, Air Canada, Air New Zealand, Aeromexico, plus any codeshare partners (subject to availability)

    Arrive early in Los Angeles, USA OR Cancun, Mexico
    $200 per person, subject to availability
    Please note:
    - This fee does not include extra nights accommodation, meals or airport transfers
    - No flight booking changes or cancellations permitted after air tickets have been issued
    - Flight changes are subject to availability at the time of booking

    Stay behind in Los Angeles, USA OR Cancun, Mexico
    $200 per person, subject to availability
    Please note:
    - This fee does not include extra nights accommodation, meals or airport transfers
    - No flight booking changes or cancellations permitted after air tickets have been issued
    - Flight changes are subject to availability at the time of booking

    Flight Class Upgrades
    - Premium Economy: not available
    - Business Class: Starting from *$6499 per person
    Please note: 
    - *Starting from quotes will be processed and returned for your consideration
    - Business Class upgrades are subject to availability (if we are not able to fulfill your business class request the upgrade cost will be refunded)
    - On any Cabin Upgrade purchase, short haul flights and domestic flight sectors are not guaranteed in Business cabins, subject to aircraft configuration



    Cabins
    All cabins are subject to availability; some cabins may have restricted views



    Accommodation Used
    3-4 Star (self-rated)
    - Cancun (Mexico): BeachScape Kin Ha Villas & Suites
    - Chichen Itza (Mexico): Hotel Villas Arqueologicas
    - Merida (Mexico): Hotel Del Gobernador
    - Akumal (Mexico): Grand Oasis Tulum Resort
    - Cruise: MSC cruises: 'MSC Opera' ship
    *Please note: rooms offered are based on a lead-in room type, and are subject to availability based on seasonality. Properties will be confirmed, no later than two weeks prior to travel.

    Extra Nights (Pre/Post Tour)
    Cancun: $150 per room including breakfast
    Please note: extra nights are subject to availability until the time of booking. Airport transfers are not included if you wish to arrive early or stay behind

    Maximum Room Capacity
    3 people (subject to availability)

    Child Policy
    - No child discounts. Full price applies for all children travelling with their parents
    - Strictly valid for Children 12 years old and over
    Please note: Children must be accompanied by a responsible adult 18 years old and over to travel. No unaccompanied minors allowed

    Triple Share
    No discounts apply for 3rd person travelling. Full price applies, subject to availability

    Bedding Configuration
    Double or Twin Bedding (subject to availability)

    Adjoining Rooms
    Subject to availability and at the hotels discretion. Please enquire on booking if you require this option



    Minimum group size 20, maximum group size 50 per vehicle

    Optional Tours / Activities
    - Tulum Archeological Site (Day 6): $35 USD (Approx. $45 AUD)
    Includes:
    * Entrance fee
    * Transport
    * Guided Tour
    Please Note:
    - prices are based on per person, are subject to availability, time permitting and weather conditions, and are payable direct to the tour operator in the currency specified
    - Some tours require minimum numbers to operate
    - Shore excursions can be booked/reserved directly with the cruise line prior to travel (subject to availability)
    - Shore excursions can also be booked whilst onboard (subject to availability)



    - Visa fees and requirements (A tourist card/visa is a strict requirement for Cuba if travelling on an Australian passport)
    - Meals/beverages not stated in the itinerary (including any specialty restaurants onboard cruise)
    - Gratuities/tipping (subject to change):
    *Cruise: Mandatory at approx. €9 per person/day charged to your onboard account
    *Land: Recommended $3 USD per person/day payable on tour 
    - Optional activities/tours (including any 'onshore' excursions as part of cruise)
    - Personal expenses
    - Travel insurance (Mandatory)
    Please Note: A comprehensive travel Insurance policy must be organised BEFORE all details can be finalised with TripADeal.



    RIVIERA MAYA HOTEL (3 Night Stay)
    Grand Oasis Tulum Resort:
    An upscale All-Inclusive Resort in Mexico's breathtaking Riviera Maya. The all-inclusive package offers
    - ALL meals included every day
    -12 Restaurants and 11 Bars including 2 swim-up bars
    - UNLIMITED Beverages Including Domestic Alcoholic and Non-Alcoholic
    - Planned activities by resort entertainment staff throughout the day
    - Weekly entertainment includes live Mexican and Caribbean shows and live music
    - SPA including a Temazcal (Additional fee's may apply)
    - Unlimited access to 2 tennis courts during the day
    - Unlimited access to on-site fitness centre 
    - Beautiful beach and infinite gardens
    - 4 swimming pools including 1 oceanfront infinity pool
    - Fully supervised kids club


    Disembarkation usually begins 2 hours after docking.
    Due to security reasons, all guests must be on board 2 hours before sailing.
    Itineraries are subject to change at any time without notice.
    Check your specific sailing for exact departure and arrival times. All times are local to the port.

    *Cabin Experiences:
    Bella:
    - Wide variety of superb, freshly prepared cuisine 
    - Classic dining style with the chance to express a seating preference. Seating preference is subject to availability and reconfirmation on board.
    - Gourmet buffet with different areas, open 24 hours a day
    - Broadway-style theatre shows
    - Swimming pool, scenic gym and open-air sports facilities
    - Packed program of daily activities
    - Turndown service to prepare your bed each night
    - MSC Voyagers Club points to earn discounts and other benefits on future cruises 

    Fantastica:
    - Cabins on the upper decks and in the most convenient positions on the ship
    - Wide variety of superb, freshly prepared cuisine 
    - Classic dining style with priority in choice of dinner sitting. Seating preference is subject to availability and reconfirmation on board.
    - Gourmet buffet with over 13 different areas, open 20 hours a day
    - Broadway-style theatre shows
    - Swimming pool, scenic gym and open-air sports facilities
    - Packed program of daily activities
    - Turndown service to prepare your bed each night
    - Cabin service 24 hours a day
    - MSC Voyagers Club points to earn discounts and other benefits on future cruises 



    Meals:


    Daily breakfast is included in the tour, for all other meals (where not included); lunches and dinners the tour manager will offer assistance with reservations, suggestions and directions to local restaurants. You can also enquire about any allergies and food and if necessary advise meals to be to be prepared with any medication you require.



    Luggage:
    You will be responsible for all your personal belongings whilst on the tour. With regards to luggage, you must carry your own luggage from the coach to the hotel room and back to the coach. The driver will assist with the uploading and offloading of their luggage from the coach.

    Gratuities:
    Gratuities (tips) are not included in the tour price for services of the tour manager and driver throughout the tour. The recommended tip for the tour manager and driver is $3 USD per person per day, which will be collected by the tour manager whilst on tour.

    Fitness Level Required / Mobility:
    Our coaches are not equipped with wheelchair access, so unfortunately our tours are currently not suitable for wheelchair users and those less mobile. 
    Please note; a reasonable level of fitness will be required. If you have any concerns please consult your healthcare provider prior to purchase/travel.



    - USA: A ESTA (Visa Waiver) for the USA is a strict requirement when travelling to or flying through the USA on an Australian passport. Once a USA ESTA Visa Waiver is issued it is valid for 2 years or until your passport expires (whichever is sooner) and will allow multiple entries into the USA. Any additional costs that may be incurred in order to arrange Visas to the USA are at the expense of the traveller and will not be covered in the package deal promoted by TripADeal. For information on ESTA eligibility or to apply, please visit: https://esta.cbp.dhs.gov/esta/
    - CUBA: A tourist card (visa) is a strict requirement.
    **1st Visa is the customers responsibility
    **2nd is provided on board Opera at a cost (no exceptions)
    - HONDURAS:
    A tourist visa is not required for a stay of up to 90 days if travelling on an Australian Passport.
    - BELIZE:
    A tourist visa is not required if travelling on an Australian Passport.
    - MEXICO: A tourist visa is not required for a stay of up to 180 days if travelling on an Australian Passport.
    Please start arranging your visa at least 3 weeks prior to departure to account for any delays due to consulate operating hours
    Please Note: Passengers who are not Australian citizens must check with the respective consulate or a visa agency to determine what their visa requirements are and what personal identification is required



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    Voluntary Changes
    This includes booking changes requested by you, including but not limited to those changes requiring airline ticket or a Purchase Confirmation reissue

    · 1st Change - $100.00 per person + any additional charges applied by the airline/ cruise company/ other travel provider
    · 2nd Change - $150.00 per person + any additional charges applied by the airline/ cruise company/ other travel provider
    · Subsequent changes - $250.00 per person + any additional charges applied by the airline/ cruise company/ other travel provider
    · Changes within 30 days of departure $350.00 person + any additional charges applied by the airline/ cruise company/ other travel provider
    · Changes within 14 days of departure $500.00 per person + any additional charges applied by the airline/ cruise company/ other travel provider

    Name Changes Due To Passenger Error
    · If the incorrect name has been advised to TripADeal, charges of $150.00 per person + any additional charges applied by the airline/ cruise company/ other travel provider will apply
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