Oceans for Youth Foundation
Legal Travel to Cuba
June 29 - July 8, 2017
Package includes two nights in Havana
and seven nights aboard M/V Jardines Aggressor
June 29 - July 8, 2017
Note from Island Dreams' Ken Knezick -- We have all been waiting for a legitimate opportunity to visit and dive Cuba. It is the largest Caribbean Island, and has been the forbidden fruit for most of our lifetimes. As a travel business owner in the USA, I have ignored all previous invitations to visit Cuba because they were, at best, skirting the law. Fortunately for us all, this has finally changed. Below you will find details of the Oceans for Youth Cuba program, and it's association with the Jardines Aggressor liveaboard dive vessel. To meet the letter of the law, this program contains stipulations, some of which you may find a tad unusual. These are specifically what enable the program's legitimacy. Consult this information carefully, after which I hope you will consider joining me on this cultural and scuba diving adventure to Cuba. Please contact me personally if you have any questions, or would like to secure your space on this trip. Ken@divetrip.com
Oceans for Youth Cuba Travel Program -- Learn about Cuba's unique marine environment during an Oceans for Youth Foundation People-to-People educational program. Citizens of the U.S. will fly into Havana where they will spend a full day meeting with scientists about Cuba's marine parks. After two nights in Havana, transportation is provided to the southern town of Jucaro, where the M/V Jardines Aggressor liveaboard docks. Guests will depart for six days of scuba diving in the Gardens of the Queen (Jardines de la Reina) National Park, located 60 miles off the southern coast. Biologists will host discussions and presentations covering many topics including proper mooring procedures and installations, fish tagging, commercial fishing and other local environmental issues. The Jardines Aggressor liveaboard is a floating resort with deluxe accommodations, onboard chef, professional crew and state-of-the-art diving amenities. Join in this Oceans for Youth Foundation People-to-People educational tour and learn about the many treasures in this unique Caribbean paradise, Cuba.
Oceans For Youth Cuba Travel Program Includes:
- Nine-nights in all, Thursday to Saturday
- Round-trip transfers from José Martí International Airport (HAV)
- Two hotel nights in Havana with full board, presentations, and some touring
- Transportation to Jucaro to join the liveaboard
- Seven nights aboard the Jardines Aggressor with full board and scuba diving
- Program with scientists in Havana and at Gardens of the Queen Marine Park
- The services of Island Dreams' divemaster and tour guide Ken Knezick
Program Does Not Include:
- Airfare to Havana (airport code is HAV)
- Visa requirements
- Travel insurance
- Rental dive gear
- Any other expenses of a personal nature
Hotel Parque Central, Havana and M/V Jardines Aggressor
June 29 - July 8, 2017
|Land Package with Hotel Parque Central, Havana||Double occupancy hotel room||$1195 per person|
|Single occupancy hotel room||$1795 per person|
|M/V Jardines Aggressor Liveaboard
Because Island Dreams booked this cruise well in advance,
you are only paying 2016 pricing.
The savings is $400 per person.
|Deluxe Stateroom, double occupancy
Two twin beds, 38 x 74 inches
|$3,999 per person|
|Master Stateroom, double occupancy
One double bed, 54 x 74 inches
|$4,299 per person|
|Additional Fees||Port Fee||$ 190 per person|
|Conservation Fee||$ 100 per person|
|Optional Nitrox Fills||$ 100 per person|
Prices are per person, based on occupancy indicated.
Prices, schedules and itinerary inclusions are subject to change.
Airfare to Havana is not included in this pricing. Call Island Dreams for fares.
For additional details, please visit the Oceans For Yourth Foundation Important FAQ
Deposit and Payment Schedule -- Initial deposit of 40% of the total cost of the Cuba Travel Program is due within 14 days of the reservation. Deposit is $1600 per person for the Deluxe Cabin, and $1720 per person in the Master Cabin. Final payment is due ninety (90) days prior to departure date.
Means of Payment -- Initial deposit must be paid by check. Checks are payable to Oceans for Youth Foundation and mailed to Island Dreams Travel. Final payment may be by check or credit card, as you prefer. Mailing address is: Island Dreams, 10245 Kempwood Dr, Suite E-119, Houston, TX 77043
Passport -- When you mail your deposit check to Island Dreams, please include a photocopy of the photo page of your passport. Per the regulations, it is critical that the booking be made in your legal name exactly as it appears on your passport. Please also include your contact information including email address and preferred telephone contact number. **Please note that your passport must be valid for at least six months beyond the return date of your international flight.Cruise Application and Waiver -- To confirm a reservation in this Cuba Travel Program, all guests must complete an application and waiver through the online Guest Information System (GIS).
Guest Information System (GIS) -- The Guest Information System (GIS) is a required process for all reservations for the Cuba Travel Program. After a reservation is made, and deposit has been paid, an email with a link to the GIS will be sent to each traveler to complete. At that time, travelers will select their type of hotel accommodation and services onboard the yacht and complete the required travel information and liability waiver. Failure to complete this in full will result in being denied to participate in the Cuba Travel Program.
No Date Changes -- We are unable to move travelers to other Cuba Travel Program dates after a deposit has been received.
Cancellation Policy -- If a cancellation is made:
- 121 days or more prior to departure date, 20% of the Cuba Travel Program is forfeited.
- 120 - 91 days prior to departure date, 40% of the Cuba Travel Program is forfeited.
- 90 days or less prior to departure date, 100% of the Cuba Travel Program is forfeited and no refund is available.
Basic Tour Itinerary:
- Thursday, June 29, 2017 -- Fly to Havana, Cuba. Transfer to the Hotel Parque Central
- June 29-July 1 -- Two nights lodging with full board and cultural exchange programs
- July 1 -- Transfer overland to Jucaro and board the M/V Jardines Aggressor
- July 1-8 -- Seven nights aboard M/V Jardines Aggressor with full board and diving
- Saturday, July 8, 2017 -- Disembark and transfer to Havana airport for outbound flights
Plan Ahead for Success -- As you can see from the information provided, the policies are somewhat different from that of most tours. Despite that, demand will far exceed supply. Contact Island Dreams for complete details to become part of this unprecedented dive and travel experience. Phone toll free at 1-800-346-6116, or simply drop a line to trip leader Ken Knezick at: email@example.com